Susquehanna University

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514 University Avenue

Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Phone: (570) 374-0101
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Susquehanna University is a private institution that was founded in 1858. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,197, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 307 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Susquehanna University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 115. Its tuition and fees are $38,780 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Susquehanna University is a distinctive, national liberal arts college committed to academic excellence. Its mission is to prepare undergraduates for productive and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world. Susquehanna University provides a collaborative and inclusive community, which offers students a balance of liberal arts and professional programs led by passionate faculty mentors with access to exceptional facilities. The university fosters a results-oriented education strong in experiential learning. Through a distinctive cross-cultural requirement that takes students out of their comfort zone and exposes them to cultures different from their own, students broaden their educational experience. They gain transferable skills from numerous transformative experiences that include internships, service learning and leadership opportunities. The university also puts a premium on close interaction and collaboration between students and faculty. Faculty, for example, work closely with students on research, encouraging discovery and understanding of the theoretical and applied, concrete and abstract, known and unknown. These interactions help prepare students for graduate school or their chosen profession. Many Susquehanna students are service-oriented; they participate in and even initiate a variety of projects that make a difference close to campus and around the world. This service instills a heightened sense of responsibility and commitment that persists long after graduation.
The university offers its students the best qualities of a residential college, combined with the rigor of a challenging university. A dedicated faculty and staff help students develop self-confidence, intellectual skills, independence and an appetite for learning. Beyond academic commitments, Susquehanna students enjoy an active and comfortable lifestyle on campus and in the borough of Selinsgrove, which is located on the scenic Susquehanna River. Their experience is enriched by a Division III sports program, as well as an array of intramural and club sports, visual and performing arts, clubs and service organizations. After graduation, students become part of an increasingly proud and supportive alumni community that attests to the value and the many benefits that Susquehanna students glean from their undergraduate years.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1858
Religious affiliation Lutheran
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $121,175,502


When applying to Susquehanna University, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early decision deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Susquehanna University is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 75.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 75.5%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Susquehanna University is 12:1, and the school has 57 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Susquehanna University include: Business/Commerce, General; Communication, General; Creative Writing; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 70%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 17%
Communication, General 14%
Creative Writing 6%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6%
Psychology, General 6%

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Student Life

Susquehanna University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,197, with a gender distribution of 45.5 percent male students and 54.5 percent female students. At this school, 77 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 23 percent of students live off campus. Susquehanna University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,215
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Susquehanna University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Susquehanna University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Susquehanna University, 49 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Susquehanna University.

Students who have cars on campus 49%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Susquehanna University, 70.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,661.

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Tuition and fees $38,780 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,390 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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