Thursday, September 1, 2016

Susquehanna Recognized in Princeton Review’s Top Study Abroad Schools

SELINSGROVE— Susquehanna University is ranked No. 11 among The Princeton Review's Top 20 Most Popular Study Abroad Programs in the nation, up from its No. 13 ranking last year.

The Princeton Review's 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges guidebook recognizes Susquehanna's Global Opportunities (GO) program in which students study off campus in a culture different from their own, for at least two weeks or as long as a semester.

Susquehanna was among the first in the nation to require every student to have a meaningful cross-cultural experience, followed by scholarly reflection. In a time of geopolitical and economic complexity, cultural competency in the workplace is an essential skill.

Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are selected for the guide.

In addition to being named as one of “The Best 381 Colleges,” Susquehanna is also recognized as one of the “Best Northeastern Schools.” Placement on the list is confined to schools deemed by The Princeton Review as “academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search.” Parents and students looking at colleges can read what current students think of their college experience.

The Princeton Review's rankings list the top 20 colleges in 62 categories, from study abroad, academics and financial aid to student political leanings, housing and food.

They are based on surveys of 143,000 students at 381 colleges over the previous two school years. The survey asks students 84 questions about their school’s academics, administration, student body and themselves. The rankingmethodology uses a five-point scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.

The popularity of its study abroad opportunities is the latest recognition of Susquehanna's growing reputation in international education. Since 2013, the university has been recognized by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, The Christian Science Monitor, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Institute for International Education, which honored Susquehanna with the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus.

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