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July 18, 2017

Susquehanna University is recognized in the 2018 Fiske Guide to Colleges, which highlights the nation’s “best and most interesting” colleges and universities.

The guide notes the university’s challenging academics, small class sizes, access to study-abroad opportunities and competitive athletic teams.

Susquehanna is also cited for “earning a reputation as an innovator.” It is one of only a very small number of schools requiring a study-away experience for all students, as preparation for success in a global economy. Through its Global Opportunities (GO) program, students study off campus in a culture different from their own, either in the U.S. or abroad. A majority of students—90 percent—choose to study in another country.

The guide also recognizes the university’s “prestigious business program” in the AACSB-accredited Sigmund Weis School of Business and Susquehanna’s socioeconomic diversity (96 percent of students receive financial aid). Also singled out is Susquehanna’s Common Reading program, which was recently highlighted by the New York Times.

Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide is a selective and systematic look at 300-plus colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

“It is an honor that the Fiske methodology recognizes Susquehanna for our academic excellence,” said Madeleine Rhyneer, vice president for enrollment and marketing at Susquehanna University. “Our students enjoy an outstanding education due to our exceptional faculty and innovative academic programs. Coupled with practical research and internships, our graduates achieve success because of their demonstrated abilities to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings, as employees or as graduate students.”

In fact, 96.5 percent of Susquehanna’s new graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

The Fiske Guide covers a broad range of subjects to help inform families in their college search, including a school’s student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities.