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Catholic Profile

Pride of ownership, the passion to share knowledge, and the promise of a fascinating future 

At The University of Scranton, you’ll experience pride, passion, and promise steeped in our Jesuit tradition, which reaches back more than 500 years to the teachings, life, and insights of St. Ignatius Loyola. As a Jesuit university, we want our students to expect more from their education. The University of Scranton is devoted to the Jesuit maxim of cura personalis, individual attention to students, and respect for the uniqueness of each member of the University community.


A fascinating future
The numbers speak for themselves. Ninety-four percent of the class of 2014 was employed or pursuing graduate or professional studies within six months of graduation. 

Of the 911 applicants to doctoral health profession schools over the past 15 years, an average of 78% were accepted to schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, and optometry. 

There’s yet another success story at Scranton: the Fulbright story. Since 1972, 150 students from the Univer-sity have received Fulbright or other prestigious international fellowships, administered by the Institute of International Education and International Rotary. For the past nine years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has listed the University among the top producers of Fulbright awards for American students.


Because more majors mean more major opportunities for you, Scranton offers 66 bachelor’s degree programs, 44 minors, and 26 master’s degree programs, as well as doctoral programs in physical therapy (D.P.T.) and nursing practice (D.N.P.) through three colleges and schools.


Teachers with the power of passion
Scranton faculty members have a passion for teaching. It shows in the innovative ways they engage students in the educational experience and is evident in the way they know and care for students as individuals. When it comes to scholarly activity, Scranton professors rival the best. Their works are published widely in prestigious scholarly journals. They are featured in national media and are frequent presenters at national and international conferences.

The Faculty/Student Research Program gives you an opportunity to be involved in faculty research in fields as diverse as the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and business. More than 50% of students in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics participate in research; 45% wrote a formal thesis, and 38% authored or coauthored a publication and/or conference paper. 

Internships are another way to learn outside the classroom. They can help you jump into the world with both feet—before you graduate. During the past two years, Scranton students have completed internships for credit at more than 432 organizations in nine states.


Campus life
Located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Northeast region, the 58-acre hillside campus is in the heart of a city of 75,000, just two hours from New York City and Philadelphia. Our location offers the best of both worlds—the city and the mountains. From campus, you can walk downtown to shop, visit a museum, or see a show. It’s only a short drive to enjoy minor league baseball games (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders), minor league hockey games, concerts, skiing, hiking, movie theaters, malls, and shopping outlets.

In recent years we’ve invested nearly $204 million in campus improvements, including our newest building, Leahy Hall, a $47.5 million state-of-the-art facility, which opened in fall 2015. Pilarz and Montrone Halls, which house nearly 400 upperclass students and a fitness center, opened in 2011. The new Loyola Science Center was completed in 2012. 

You can participate in dozens of social, academic, religious, service, and honorary organizations and activities. We also have a vibrant cultural life that elevates, inspires, stimulates, and refines our students and the University community. Perform with the University Players or the University Band, Singers, and String Orchestra. Enjoy exhibits and related lectures at the Hope Horn Gallery. Each year distinguished lecture series bring world-renowned speakers to campus in such areas as business, medicine, literature, ethics, and religion.


More than 3,000 students participate each year in leagues, weekend special events, and tournaments through the Department of Intramurals and Recreational Sports. Leagues include basketball, flag football, racquetball, soccer, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. 

Men’s NCAA Division III teams include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, and wrestling. Women’s Division III teams compete in basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, and volleyball. 

A member of the Landmark Conference since 2007, the University’s athletic teams have won 20 conference championships during that span, including five in men’s basketball, four in women’s soccer, and three each in women’s tennis and women’s swimming & diving.


Applying to Scranton
Because we are a selective institution, our admission process is competitive. Typical Scranton students have excelled academically in high school and have distinguished themselves through extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service.

Our admission committee will consider your academic preparation and what you could contribute to our campus community. What we will need to review your application will depend on whether you are applying as a freshman, transfer, or international student.


Financial aid
We have given you many of the reasons that make a Scranton education a great investment. By the time you’ve explored our many scholarships and financial aid opportunities, you may find that we’re a lot more affordable than you first thought. We offer a variety of programs in recognition of academic achievement, financial need, diversity, and ROTC service. State and federal assistance, installment payment plans, and work-study can also be part of the mix of financing options.

Undergraduate tuition for the 2015–2016 academic year is $40,644. Room and board charges for resident freshmen are $13,918.


Come and see for yourself
The best way to discover whether The University of Scranton is the place for you is a campus visit. Join us for an information session and/or personal appointment with an admissions counselor, tour our beautiful campus, and have lunch on us. Scranton also offers two Open House programs during the fall. These day programs give you and your family an opportunity to tour the campus and talk to representatives from all departments and activities on campus.

To schedule a visit or register for Open House, please contact Admissions at 888-SCRANTON or visit us at



• Undergraduates: Approximately 4,000

• Freshman class: Approximately 1,000 per year

• Student-faculty ratio: 11:1

• Average class size: 21

• 300 full-time faculty

• 88% of faculty with a doctorate or other terminal degree in their fields


In addition to being ranked by U.S.News & World Report among the 10 finest master’s universities in the North for 21 consecutive years, Scranton’s other national rankings include “best campus food,” “healthiest,” “friendliest,” “best values in private colleges,” “best buys in college education,” and “strong commitment to teaching.”

For the past 13 years, The Princeton Review has included Scranton among its “Best Colleges.” As recognized by the highly selective Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement, Scranton students are committed to serving, performing more than 170,000 hours to volunteer service each year and increasingly choosing to devote time to volunteering after graduation.