Welcome Incoming Students and Transfers!
We're here to help make your transition to college life as smooth as possible, and to help you thrive here! First-year experience programs and activities start in June and continue throughout your first year.
As next steps and new information is made available, we will update this checklist. We can't wait to welcome you this fall!
Move in to your home away from home—before our other students—for Fall Orientation. You'll be greeted enthusiastically by O-Team, a group of student advisors and orientation leaders who will help you find your way around and even carry your things to your room!
Attend Opening Convocation, a cherished tradition opening the academic year to welcome you and your family to the Susquehanna community.
Orientation & Welcome Week
After your family leaves, you'll attend informational sessions and social activities, meet faculty in relaxed social settings, participate in a day of service, hang out with other students, and more!
Welcome Week includes a variety of day and evening social and educational activities surrounding your classes during the first week of classes, and culminates with the annual Fall Frenzy Fair!
Approximately one week after you pay your deposit, you'll receive email regarding your Susquehanna login information, on-campus housing preference form, health form and registration for Summer Preview Days.
Throughout the summer, we'll keep you informed via email or online with forms and tasks you need to complete, as well as helpful information for your transition to campus.
In early August, you'll receive an Orientation Newsletter with move-in details and Fall Orientation information.
Of course, you can contact us anytime with questions and concerns. Contact Samantha Proffitt, director of the first-year experience, at 570-372-4412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SU Email & mySU
Your SU email is incredibly important for you to check often. Faculty, staff and students all communicate through SU email, and you don't want to miss anything! Other important dates, deadlines and news are often posted on our intranet, mySU.
First-Year Experience News Feed Archives
The Office of First-Year Experience prides itself on keeping first-year students informed of all the upcoming deadlines, events and opportunities available specifically for first-year students. Over the summer, we send out weekly News Feeds to answer questions you didn't even know you had! Below we have archived our News Feeds for your convenience.
For the most up-to-date information, as well as just plain fun posts, we highly encourage you to follow our social media. We are available on various platforms for you to choose from:
Our whole campus is a learning environment—not just the classroom! Discuss current events with friends in your residence hall or the commuter student lounge, attend award-winning lectures, speakers and performances, and so much more!
Wondering where you'll live and learn your first year? Read more about Housing & Residence Life, and complete your Housing Preference form when it comes to your SU inbox.
Perspectives Course & Common Reading
As a first-year student, you'll take Perspectives, a small, seminar-style course focusing on the transition to college. Each course section also includes a student peer mentor to help walk you through your first year at SU!
Each year, the university selects a theme around which the faculty create a shared academic experience for first-year students called the Common Reading. This year's theme is Resilience. You'll receive your copy of the Common Reading at Summer Preview Days in June. You'll turn in your Common Reading assignment in Perspectives.
Office of Disability Services
Susquehanna University is committed to working with students who have disabilities by providing reasonable and adequate accommodations. Be sure to check out the resources the Office of Disability Services provides before your arrival on campus.
Susquehanna students care about one another and hold each other accountable to make responsible decisions. Our community values health and wellness, and we have a number of educational opportunities and programs to help students make healthy choices.
Title IX, AlcoholEdu & Think About It
Over the summer, you'll be asked to complete online educational modules regarding alcohol and drug use and sexual assault. As a first-year student, it's important to be informed about your rights and responsibilities, our campus policies and helpful resources.
Amy E. Winans Center for Wellness
Throughout the year, the Amy E. Winans Center for Wellness sponsors programs and events to aid your transition to college life, reduce stress and anxiety, and encourage personal potential and academic success for all students. Such programs include Koru mindfulness programs, yoga and meditation, and Take 5 Zones located around campus.
Students are encouraged to explore the local Downtown Selinsgrove where you can eat, shop, play and stay all within a convenient short walk from campus. With farmer's markets, street fairs, parades, shops and restaurants, Downtown Selinsgrove works hard to provide the Selinsgrove and SU communities with lots of opportunities to explore, relax, and engage.
Alpha Lambda Delta: National Honor Society for First-Year Students
A prestigious and longstanding national organization, Alpha Lambda Delta recognizes college students who demonstrate excellent academic achievement and scholarship during their first year.
The Susquehanna Chapter, founded in 1977, hosts a series of academic and service events throughout the year and encourages active participation from former initiates through their time at the university. Students who successfully complete their first (fall) semester with a 3.5 GPA or higher are invited to join the Honor Society for low one-time membership dues. Students who join participate in an Induction Ceremony the following spring. Other perks include special senior graduation regalia.
Active membership continues through your sophomore year. If you maintain the initiating average GPA through your senior year, you'll be eligible to apply for graduate fellowships.
Summer Preview Days & Convocation
You are invited to attend a Summer Preview Day with your student in June. There is programming specifically for parents and family members. In August, parents and families are invited to attend Convocation and the Family Farewell Reception after moving your student in.
Parent, Family & Supporter Handbook
The Parent, Family & Supporter Handbook is another helpful resource distributed at Summer Preview Days. This will be your go-to resource for working with your first-year student's academic success, health and wellness, career planning, and on-campus living.