Located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, Susquehanna University is a selective, residential, national liberal arts college with a focus on undergraduate education which integrates the liberal arts with preparation for professions and careers. Established in 1858 as The Missionary Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Benjamin Kurtz served as the college’s first president. In 1872 the Institution became coeducational following the closing of its sister school, the Susquehanna Female College. After officially changing its name to Susquehanna University in 1895, the school began its transition into becoming a four-year institution which offered a range of undergraduate bachelor’s degrees. Today, Susquehanna University is situated on a beautiful 325 acres just a short walk away from downtown Selinsgrove and the Susquehanna River.
Academic ProgramsSusquehanna University’s mission is to “educate students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a dynamic and interdependent world.” The University’s Learning Goals include cultivating “An awareness of creative, natural, societal and cultural forces that shape the world; An integrated set of intellectual skills; A mature understanding of self-mind, body and spirit; [and] An integrated sense of personal ethical responsibility.”
Susquehanna University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1930. Susquehanna University awards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Music degrees and offers more than 60 major and minor areas of study as well as several pre-professional programs and an interdisciplinary honors program. Comprised of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Sigmund Weis School of Business, Susquehanna University boasts small classes which teach from a highly-respected and innovative central curriculum. All students are required to participate in at least one cross-cultural experience away from the University’s campus.
Student LifeSusquehanna University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, all of whom are undergraduates. As a residential institution, on-campus housing is available and includes several options ranging from traditional corridor-style residence halls to townhouses which provide opportunity for more independent living. Wi-Fi is available across nearly the entire campus, including in resident halls.
Nearly 150 student organizations are recognized by Susquehanna University, catering to a wide range of academic and personal interests and providing opportunity for students to interact with one another outside of the classroom setting. Dedicated student volunteers, including members of Greek letter organizations, contribute more than 32,000 community service hours annually. Several campus ministry programs serving many different faith are active on the University’s campus and students enjoy participating in and listening to numerous music and theatre performances, lectures, concerts, festivals, barbeques, and more. As an NCAA Division III school, Susquehanna University fields nearly two dozen intercollegiate sports teams, the majority of which compete in the Landmark Conference.