The University of Scranton (Scranton) opened in 1888 under the name of Saint Thomas College. It was founded by the Most Reverend William G. O’Hara, D.D., who was Scranton’s first bishop. Scranton became a university in 1938 and moved to the care of the Society of Jesus in 1942.
Today, Scranton enrolls more than 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students and holds accreditation from 17 accrediting agencies for its various programs in business, nursing, physical therapy, counseling, and more. It focuses particularly on keeping spirituality at the root of its mission as a Jesuit, Catholic higher education institution. Some of its core tenets include a pursuit of excellence grounded in gratitude, individual attention and respect for students, and seeking God in all aspects of life. The many on-campus chapels help students pursue these goals through quiet reflection and daily mass.