Several programs at Susquehanna have additional admission requirements.

Graphic Design and Studio Art

Applicants for admission to the graphic design or studio art (painting & drawing or photography) programs must submit a portfolio of eight to 12 examples of their best current art work. Get the full portfolio instructions. Materials should be submitted after applying to the university for general admittance. 


Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts in Music degree programs must audition with the Susquehanna music faculty after applying to the university. For more information about registration and preparation for the audition, please visit the Department of Music page.

Creative Writing

Application to our creative writing major requires the submission of a portfolio, which will be reviewed by the faculty of the Writers Institute — the hub for all things creative writing-related at Susquehanna University.

Your portfolio can be a short story, a personal essay, a selection of poems, a script, a novel excerpt, a 4-6-panel comic, a recorded feature of performance writing (a link to an online platform alongside a transcript), or a combination of these.

Portfolios should be 10 to 12 double-spaced pages. Please also include a 150-word cover letter with your name, telling us what inspires your writing.

You will be able to upload your portfolio to your online applicant portal after you submit your application to Susquehanna.

Portfolio submissions received before Feb. 15 will automatically put you in the running for one of our eleven creative writing scholarships.

Please contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to reading your creative work!

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