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Susquehanna University

Susquehanna University is a four-year, co-educational, private liberal arts university in Selinsgrove, in central Pennsylvania, United States.


514 University Ave


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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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Susquehanna University educates undergraduate students for productive, creative, and reflective lives of achievement, leadership, and service in a diverse and interconnected world.
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College History


Susquehanna University was founded in 1858 as The Missionary Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Benjamin Kurtz. Having already assisted in the founding of the Gettysburg Seminary (now Gettysburg College), Kurtz wanted to create another institution in effort to expand a form of American Lutheranism that he and his contemporaries Samuel Simon Schmucker, founder and first president of Gettysburg College, and Samuel Sprecher, second president of Wittenberg College, advocated. His mission was to �educate men for the gospel ministry � who cannot take a full course of training adapted to their age and circumstances; a course so thorough in Theology as will qualify them to be able and faithful ministers of Christ.� The Missionary Institute first saw its realization when the American Lutherans of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania pledged $22,000, fifty students, and the provisional use of its church facilities. However, their offer came with the stipulation that the Missionary Institute be expanded to a junior college, and that a sister college called Susquehanna Female College also be formed. Kurtz�s own personal mission would be the foundation of the institute�s Theology Department, which he led as the first Professor of Theology. The school�s official description, as red in official founding charter, was �An American and Lutheran College.� Drawing of the Missionary Institute sister college Susquehanna Female College. It is now an apartment building on Market Street. On Wednesday, September 1, 1858, the Missionary Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and its sister college Susquehanna Female College were born and legally recognized 23 days later. Benjamin Kurtz was officially recognized as the first President. At the time of its founding, it had two departments, the Theology Department headed by Benjamin Kurtz and Henry Ziegler, and the Classical Department. By 1873, the sister college disbanded and the Institute became coeducational. Twenty two years later, in 1895, the institute officially became known as Susquehanna University. 20th Century The 20th century signified many changes within Susquehanna University. The school had just recently transitioned into a full four year college offering bachelor degrees, and changed its name to Susquehanna University five years prior to the new century. Notable benefactors of the university during the turn of the century were Samuel Seibert and Charles Steele, both of which would have buildings named after them. In 1903, the board approved SU�s colors, orange and maroon. By the 1920s, student enrollment skyrocketed, accommodations were refurbished and the campus expanded, academic departments and offerings enhanced, and new benefactors such as Charles Fischer and Martin Hassinger emerged, both of which also have buildings named after them

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Susquehanna University is committed to providing equal access to students with disabilities, as described in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act. Section 504 states "No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service" 29 USC 794 (Supp. V 1981). Title III of ADAA extends civil rights protections for individuals with disabilities in places of public accommodations, which includes private universities.



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