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You may have chosen Susquehanna University because of its affiliation to the Evangelical Lutheran Church or maybe you liked something else about it. This is a private, not-for-profit university located close to the border of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Selinsgrove is a small community, which allows you to become familiar with it fairly quickly. Once you’re done with studies for the day or on a weekend you can leave campus and visit one of the local restaurants or, if you prefer, go shopping.

Overview of Susquehanna University

Susquehanna University was founded in 1858, which means it’s been around for more than a few years. Student enrollment is 2,396, most of which consists of undergraduate students; a recent graduate class was made up of only three students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1, which is a comfortable ratio for those who like to be able to easily reach and communicate.

You’ll be able to live in campus housing since the university does have dorms available for most, if not all of the student population. Additionally, if you have decided to begin college while still in high school, you’ll be able to earn dual credits for both high school and college. Students who have passed their AP exams may also receive credit for those exams.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 12:1
Graduation Rate 72%
Year Founded 1858

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,396


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,029
Female 1,364

Graduate Student

Male 1
Female 2

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Male 2,385
Female 3,338


Male 1,598
Female 2,537

Acceptance Rate72%

Male 67%
Female 76%

Enrollment 618

Male   99
Female   93
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
SAT/ACT Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The total price is the amount that you and your family are going to have to consider when you decide whether or not to attend school at Susquehanna University. This includes in- or out-of-state tuition, books, supplies, room and board, and other various costs such as food at the cafeteria. The final price is $65,000.

The cost of attendance after financial aid has been applied is called the average net price. This amount is $27,079. Susquehanna charges the same cost to everyone, but the net price is affected by income, based on a family’s annual income. Families earning up to $30,000 pay around $19,823; families earning between $75,001 and $110,000 pay around $24,933, and families earning more than $110,001 pay around $32,069.

Freshmen students who receive financial aid numbered 608 in a recent academic year. About 97% of those students (603) receive an average of $35,078 in grants and scholarships. The same number of students receive $32,340 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $27,079
Average Total Aid $35, 078
Students Receiving Financial Aid 98%
Room & Board $13,140

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $49,180
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $49,180
  • Books and Supplies - $1,200
  • Room & Board - $13,140
  • Other - $1,480


As an incoming freshman student, you should know what retention rate means and what that percentage is for your university. This refers to the rate at which freshmen become returning students for their second year of school; this is 80% for Susquehanna University, which is a great rate.

The 4-year graduation rate is 68% and the 6-year graduation rate is 72%. Students preparing to graduate may have chosen to stay on for two more years so they could earn additional credits toward their major, especially if they attend part-time or if they are taking particularly difficult classes. The 6-year rate is becoming the new norm across the country, so these are solid rates all around. The average is around 65%.

If you need to earn extra money during the day, you may be able to free up that time. While evening classes are not offered distance (online) learning is offered, though you’ll want to discuss using these classes to shift your scheduling with an academic advisor.

Some of the more popular degree programs the school offers are business, management, marketing and related services; biological and biomedical sciences; communication, journalism and related programs; visual and performing arts; and social sciences.

Student Population Total

Student Population 2,396

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 130 Total Graduates / 25%
Finance, General 40 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 26 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 23 Graduates
Accounting 21 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 70 Total Graduates / 13%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 31 Graduates
Neuroscience 15 Graduates
Biomedical Sciences, General 11 Graduates
Biochemistry 7 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 69 Total Graduates / 13%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 66 Graduates
Publishing 3 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 46 Total Graduates / 9%
Graphic Design 16 Graduates
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 10 Graduates
Music Performance, General 6 Graduates
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 5 Graduates
Music, General 5 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 45 Total Graduates / 9%
Political Science and Government, General 17 Graduates
International Relations and Affairs 13 Graduates
Economics, General 10 Graduates
Anthropology 3 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 31%

Outcome & Salary

After graduation, you’ll be ready to find a job and start earning money. Susquehanna graduate’s early-career salaries are about $52,500 and their average salary is around $60,920. Graduate’s mid-career salaries take a solid jump up to $103,600.

The 4-year cost of your education is likely to average around $108,316 altogether. This figure is important for figuring out your return on investment (ROI). A graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential is $609,200 and their 20-year salary earning potential is $1,645,200. After deducting your cost of education, your 10-year projected ROI could be as high as $500,884. The 20-year projected ROI with a degree from this school is $1,536,884.

A high school graduate earns an average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $52,500
College Grads Average Salary $60,920
College Grads Mid Career Salary $103,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $609,200
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,645,200
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $108,316
10 Year Projected ROI $500,884
20 Year Projected ROI $1,536,884
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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