Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Susquehanna Ranked Ninth Nationally for Study Abroad

Courtesy of Susquehanna University
SELINSGROVE— Susquehanna University is ranked No. 9 among The Princeton Review’s Top 20 Most Popular Study Abroad Programs in the nation.

The Princeton Review’s 2018 edition of “The Best 384 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.

The popularity of Susquehanna’s study abroad opportunities is the latest recognition of the university'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.

In addition to being named as one of “The Best 384 Colleges,” Susquehanna is also recognized as one of the “Best Northeastern Schools” and No. 20 with the best science lab facilities, among universities such as Stanford, Colgate and Lehigh. Susquehanna’s state-of-the-art, 81,000-square-foot science facility was built to exceed LEED certification standards, and features 19 teaching and research labs, 30 prep and support spaces, and a rooftop greenhouse.

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 137,000 students at 384 colleges over the previous two school years. The survey asks students 84 questions about their school's academics, administration, student body and themselves. The ranking methodology uses a five-point scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.

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