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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.


Scranton offers more than 60 majors, 40 minors, and 25 concentrations. Students have a wide variety of options when they enter the university. There are four colleges at Scranton: the College of Arts & Sciences, the Panuska College of Professional Studies, the Kania School of Management, and the College of Graduate and Continuing Education.

College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences is the largest college in the university. It offers a wide selection of more than 30 undergraduate programs as well as graduate programs in theology, software engineering, and chemistry. Academic sections include diverse tracks like theater, forensic chemistry, electronic commerce, and criminal justice. Students can further specialize their degrees with minors and concentrations. The College also offers three honors programs: one that is exclusive to arts and sciences students, one that works in conjunction with the School of Management, and one titled the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program.

Panuska School of Professional Studies

The Panuska School of Professional Studies is designed to prepare students for successful careers in a wide range of industries. It was founded on the principle that higher education should include practice as well as theory. Students can study for degrees in community health, exercise sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, education, and more. All academic programs include community service projects that educate students about the broader impact of injustice and charity. Students are also encouraged to do research with a professor or one of Scranton’s research partner firms in the local area.

Kania School of Management

The Kania School of Management offers a multifaceted business education that stresses not only management principles and theory, but also ethics, responsibility, information technology, faculty collaboration, and mentoring programs. Business School alumni work with current faculty to design courses that truly prepare students for the modern work environment. Meanwhile, the Center for Professional Development offers students the personal skills and employment tools that will help them secure good jobs after graduating. Through the Center’s ‘Passport’ program, students will learn how to write an effective resume, ace an interview, and land useful internships and jobs.

College of Graduate and Continuing Education

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education offers a variety of graduate programs and flexible adult education programs for students who want to further their current training. Students can earn a number of graduate degrees including master’s diplomas in business, nursing, theology, and more. However, students can also use this center to enroll in associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree programs or explore the other exam preparation or pre-college programs that the College offers.

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Scranton has a competitive application procedure, which means that not every hopeful student is guaranteed a spot at the university. Students can apply online through the Scranton website or through the Common Application, which is an online application which allows students to apply to multiple schools at one time. The Common Application can make the process much easier for students who are applying to a number of schools, but applicants should be sure to follow the specific additional requirements for each of their prospective colleges.

In addition to an online application, students should submit an official high school transcript, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a list of extracurricular activities, and a current Proof of Residency card if applicable. Students must submit either SAT or ACT scores or the SAT/ACT optional, which means sending two graded essays from high school and a possible interview in lieu of standardized test scores.


Students at Scranton enjoy a close knit community with strong interpersonal relationships and a great deal of on-campus programming. Over 2,000 students live on campus in the 27 residence halls and 5 university houses. Living on campus lets students have easy access to classes, dining halls, school events, and casual meetings with friends.

All students can get involved with campus life through the many school clubs and organizations. There are dozens of social, academic, honorary, and service societies for all kinds of interests and subject areas. Student groups include the business club, hip hop dance team, Habitat for Humanity, ultimate frisbee, and Se Habla Espanol.

There are a number of services and support groups for students. The career center will help job-hunters develop a professional resume and find potential employers while the counseling center provides assistance and guidance of all types to students who are facing personal or academic problems.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Scranton is an NCAA Division III school with 18 men’s and women’s varsity programs. It participates in the Landmark Conference and competes against other schools in the Mid-Atlantic region that share similar beliefs about the interplay of athletics and a faithful collegiate experience.

For students who can’t or don’t wish to play on a varsity team yet want to participate in sports, there are dozens of intramural games, leagues, and tournament events throughout the year in different sports. More than 3,000 students participate in these events each year, so even playing sports casually can be a great way to meet new friends and have fun with your classmates.


Scranton’s faculty is chosen for their expertise in different relevant fields. Of the nearly 300 faculty members, 85% hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their subjects of study. The student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1 with an average class size of 20 students, making classes more intimate and personal than those at larger universities.


  • The University of Scranton. Freshman Application for Undergraduate Admission. Print.
  • The University of Scranton. Web. 25 Sept. 2011.

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Ranks 17th in Pennsylvania and 179th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 8 0.13
Robbery 1 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 94 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 34 0.04
Robbery 95 0.12
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 620 0.81
Larceny 1,810 2.37
Vehicle theft 126 0.17

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1266th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Scranton, PA 18510-4629
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population13,690 (13,638 urban / 52 rural)
Households4,947 (2.35 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,836
Families2,606 (3.06 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District4217

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 164th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $37,504 $37,504 $37,504
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $350 $350 $350
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $899 $899 $899
FT Graduate Tuition $10,497 $10,497 $10,497
FT Graduate Required Fees $50 $50 $50
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $875 $875 $875
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $55,008 $55,008 $55,008
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $49,922 $49,922 $49,922
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $44,422 $44,422 $44,422

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $35,992 $37,456 $35,992 $37,456 $35,992 $37,456
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,150(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,432 $13,234
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,700(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,400(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,700(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,300(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,087 (3,533 male / 5,554 female)
Admitted 6,818 (2,688 male / 4,130 female)
Admission rate 75%
First-time Enrollment 881 (348 male / 533 female)
FT Enrollment 878 (347 male / 531 female)
PT Enrollment 3 (1 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment5,633

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Pac-12 Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pac-12 Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pac-12 Conference

ACT Test Admission

351st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 32%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27

SAT Test Admission

417th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 82%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1030 / 1210

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,367
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$8,166
Board Fee$5,462

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 542nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $84,596 ($89,987 male / $72,130 female)
Number of FT Faculty 281 (171 male / 110 female)
Number of PT Faculty 389
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $11,538,766

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