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Academics

Susquehanna University is an institution that “thrives on building strong leaders and independent thinkers.” The school’s “small” size means undergrads are joining a “close-knit community” replete with a “strong alumni network.” Perhaps more importantly, it’s evident that the school “is invested...in the success of their students.” While Susquehanna offers a variety of great majors, students are prone to highlight the “top-notch creative writing program,” “outstanding music education program,” and “strong” science departments. Undergrads also praise a more unique aspect of a Susquehanna education—mandatory study off campus in a culture different from one’s own (90 percent of students choose to go abroad). One senior elated about this requirement shares, “I believe that every young adult should have access to a cross-cultural experience and I value Susquehanna for making such an experience a priority for its students.” Thankfully, for the most part, undergrads enjoy their on-campus education as well. By and large, this can be attributed to “fantastic” professors who “take a personal interest in their students.” Indeed, the “friendly” teachers here really strive to make themselves “accessible.” And, as one impressed creative writing major adds, a handful “often invite [students] up to their houses for dinner and discussion.” However, one neuroscience major does caution that “you usually have to fight to get into a class with a ‘good’ professor and the registration process is always a hassle.”

Student Body

It can easily feel as though most Susquehanna students hail from “upper-middle class” homes located in either the “Mid-Atlantic [region or] New England.” Fortunately, to the delight of many students, the “campus has been steadily diversifying over the years.” And besides, these “outgoing” undergrads are able to forge bonds that go well beyond geography. After all, this is the type of student body that “will hold the door for you, even if you are 100 feet away.” However, there are a handful of students who feel that, to fully fit in, you have to be “part of either Greek life or a sport.” Naturally, other undergrads vehemently disagree, emphatically stating that “students find their niche quickly and make friends easily.” A history major helps clarify by relaying that “roughly 25 percent of students are athletes and 17 percent are involved in Greek life. However, for the most part students from every range of the spectrum interact and support each other.” And one immensely proud and satisfied speech communication major triumphantly sums up, “We are all awesome. There’s no other way to describe it besides awesomeness.”

Campus Life

There is always something exciting to seek out at Susquehanna! To begin with, “there are over [150] clubs and organizations (academic, cultural, religious, arts, service, special interest, etc.)” in which students can participate. Additionally, “the Student Activities Committee [sponsors] a lot of free events—including the occasional trapeze and gyroscope!” Many undergrads also enjoy the “on-campus nightclub [which] hosts free dances on the weekends.” Moreover, Susquehanna is a fairly athletic school. Indeed, “varsity sports are huge on campus; we have a large number of athletic teams for such a small school. Students love “tailgating [at] sporting events” as well. Undergrads also flock to “Charlie’s coffee house to watch movies or hang out with friends during the week.” And, for students looking to unwind, “every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night there is usually off campus partying happening.” If students are itching to escape for a bit, they can take advantage of several “recreational places off campus (Bounce Plex, bowling alley, racetrack, rock climbing, hiking, etc.)” And though Selinsgrove “is a small town, it’s got everything you need.” A senior confidently proclaims that “there are plenty of places to eat and shop!”

Overview

Applicants
4,863
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average HS GPA
3.67

GPA Breakdown

21%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 640
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Action — November 1


Other Admission Factors

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Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
227
with Terminal Degree

117
Men
110
Women
36
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.
  • Ecology.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Related Services.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Corporate Communications.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Communication, General.
  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Publishing.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
  • Sports Communication.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemical Physics.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Economics, Other.
  • International Economics.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Photography.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Donna Di Ianni '78
Senior Resident Director, Managing Director at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management / Financial Times ?Top 400 Financial Advisors?

Seward Prosser Mellon '65
Retired Chairman and CEO of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Private Investor, and Philanthropist

John R. Strangfeld '75
American businessman. He is the former chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Prudential Financial.

Dr. Richard Caruso '65
Entrepreneur. He is the founder of Integra Life Sciences ,Provco Group, and the Uncommon Individual Foundation

Dr. JoAnn Suzich '77
American scientist. She is the former Microbial Sciences Therapeutic Area Head at AstraZeneca

Kip Hollister '84
Founder & CEO at Hollister Institute / Hollister Staffing

Chelle McIntyre-Brewer '01
Founder and CEO Soldier's List/Medical Advocacy, Manager Socks for Vets and Heart Hugs

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Nov 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,380

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,382

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,102

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
84%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$40,455

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$34,041

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,312
Foreign Countries Represented
21

Demographics

2.05%
Asian
6.10%
African-American
6.60%
Hispanic
79.34%
Caucasian
1.41%
Unknown
1.59%
International

56% female
44% male
35% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
89%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Lesley Owens-Pelton (Interim)

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Psychological evaluation report or Medical Provider form

Documentation Required for ADHD

Psychological evaluation report or Medical Provider form

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
156
Number of Honor Societies
25

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
10

19% join a fraternity
17% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

25% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (River Hawks)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (River Hawks)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

85/99
AASHE STARS® rating
BRONZE
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, Verizon Wireless

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Chantal Gadoury
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
514 University Avenue
Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Phone
5703724260

Email
visit@susqu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sports and Fitness Complex
Trax, student-run entertainment venue
Charlie's, student-run coffee house
Blough-Weis Library
Starbucks

Most Popular Places Off Campus
BJ's Market Street Tavern & Oyster Bar
Kind Cafe coffee house
Run, bike, kayak and more at the Isle of Que on the Susquehanna River
Be a kid again at Knoebel?s Amusement Resort
Enjoy the shops, restaurants and farmer?s market in Downtown Selinsgrove as well as large-scale retailers like Target and Walmart nearby

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
10:15am and 2:15pm Monday-Friday

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@susqu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Selected dates in spring semester for admitted students only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Harrisburg International Airport is 57 miles away. It is served by several major and commuter airlines and the major rental car agencies. The Harrisburg Transportation Center (Amtrak and Greyhound) is 47 miles from campus. Amtrak provides passenger service between Harrisburg and New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Fullington Trailways provides bus service between Selinsgrove and Harrisburg, as well as service to other cities.

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-80: From the east take exit 224 Danville, then take PA 54 east to US 11 south; from the west, take exit 210A, Lewisburg, then take US 15 south. The Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76: From exit 236, Gettysburg Pike, follow US 11 and 15 north; from extit 242 Harrisburg West Shore. or exit 247 Harrisburg East, follow routes I-283 and I-83 north to US 322 west to US 11 and 15 north.

Local Accommodations
Selinsgrove Inn Holiday Inn Express Hampton Inn Comfort Inn Econo Lodge Foxboro Bed and Breakfast


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