Admissions Portfolio Information

Prospective students majoring in Studio Art (BA) or Graphic Design (BFA)—must submit a portfolio as part of the application process. We use the portfolio to determine whether or not potential students are a good fit for our program, and ready to tackle college-level art and design classes. We DO NOT use the portfolio as a tool to help choose one student over another, nor do we have a predetermined number of students we accept each year. Our philosophy is open-minded, and when we review portfolios we aren’t overly concerned with where your work is right now, but rather where it (and you) can go. We want to work with capable and motivated students, and challenge them to become better than they ever thought possible.

When To Submit Your Portfolio

Portfolios should be submitted when you apply to Susquehanna, or shortly thereafter—however they must be received by June 15th so that new students can be enrolled in the appropriate fall semester art classes.. Portfolios are evaluated shortly after they are received, and applicants are typically notified of their status by mail within four weeks, provided they have been formally admitted to the university. If you have questions about the status of your portfolio or the department in general, please email department chair Amanda Lenig at leniga@susqu.edu.

Guidelines for Preparing the Portfolio

  • Include 8–10 pieces of your best current work.
  • Please create clear, high-resolution digital images of physical work.
  • Work does NOT have to be from high school art or graphic design courses! If you haven’t taken a lot of these courses, don’t worry! Neither have many of the world’s best artists and graphic designers. Send us what you have — especially those amazing personal projects sketched on the back of your chemistry notebook!
  • Graphic Design and Studio Art portfolios must contain at least four drawings or paintings.
  • Photography portfolios must contain at least two drawings or paintings.
  • Exercise caution if submitting work from high school graphic design classes or from yearbook. A few pieces are fine, but don’t submit a portfolio composed primarily of, for example, Photoshop exercises or yearbook layouts. We DO NOT expect you to know how to be a graphic designer already…or even how to use the software.
  • DO NOT submit work in only one medium, unless it is painting or drawing.
  • DO NOT submit original artwork. Portfolios will not be returned.

Submitting Your Portfolio:

River Hawk Admissions Portal

Once you apply, and are accepted to Susquehanna University, you will be given access to your River Hawk Admission Portal. There, you will find a copy of these instructions, a sample portfolio and have the ability to upload your own portfolio.

Acceptable submission formats include—
  1. A working URL to a personal portfolio website (Behance for example—but all platforms are acceptable)
  2. Upload individual images to Dropbox
  3. A single PDF file