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International Profile

The University of Scranton delivers a meaningful education that challenges students morally, spiritually, and intellectually.

At The University of Scranton, you’ll experience a rich Jesuit tradition that reaches back more than 500 years to the teachings, life, and insights of St. Ignatius Loyola. As a Catholic and Jesuit university, we want our students to have an engaged, integrated, and global student experience: one that gives meaning to who we are and what we do. 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. More than 95% of the Class of 2015 were employed, continuing their education, or engaged in service within a year of graduating. 

Of the 1,023 applicants to doctoral health profession schools over the past 18 years, an average of 79% 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, 156 students from the University have received Fulbright or other prestigious international fellowships, administered by the Institute of International Education and International Rotary. In recent 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, 43 minors, and 29 master’s degree programs, as well as doctoral programs in Physical Therapy (DPT), Business Administration (DBA), and Nursing Practice (DNP) 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 (FSRP) gives you an opportunity to be involved in faculty research in fields as diverse as the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and business. Student-faculty research often makes its way into journals or presentations at national conferences. 

Internships are another way to learn outside the classroom. They can help you jump into the world with both feet—before you graduate. The Classes of 2016 and 2017 completed internships for credit at more than 992 organizations in 35 states, plus the District of Columbia, China, Czech Republic, Panama, and South Africa.

Campus life
Located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Northeast region, the 58-acre hillside campus is in the heart of a city of nearly 76,000, 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 more than $245 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 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 1,500 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, track & field, and wrestling. Women’s Division III teams compete in basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. 

A member of the Landmark Conference since 2007, the University’s athletic teams have won 27 conference championships during that span, including seven in men’s basketball, five each in women’s soccer and women’s basketball, 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 2017–2018 academic year is $43,310. Room and board charges for resident freshmen are $14,618.

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 1-888-SCRANTON or visit us at




Type of School: The University of Scranton is a private, coeducational Catholic and Jesuit institution that delivers a transformative education grounded in the liberal arts.

Size of Campus: 58 acres

Number of students: Approximately 5,500 students, undergraduate and graduate

Number of faculty: 304 full-time faculty; 12:1 student-faculty ratio; 88% of Scranton’s instructional faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their fields.

Colleges, Programs, and degrees: Choose from 66 bachelor’s degree programs, 44 minors, and 38 concentrations and tracks in our three undergraduate colleges. We also offer three doctoral programs, including Physical Therapy.

Geographic diversity: The University hosts 123 international students from over 30 different countries. The countries with the highest population of students on our campus are Saudi Arabia, India, China, Japan, and Taiwan.

International student services: Through the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS), Scranton supports international students, scholars, and their dependents as they adjust to life in the United States. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, we are like a second home to students and scholars seeking a meaningful experience at Scranton. Starting with orientation for international students and continuing to graduation, we are here to answer your questions and help with everything from visa applications to complimentary pick-up service at Scranton’s airport or bus terminal. Other services include the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE), the Writing Center, and tutoring services.

International student budget:
Tuition and Fees ($41,762 plus $650 in fees)$ 42,412
Room and Board
(Dorm Class B, 14-meal plan, and housing deposit)$ 13,546
Books and Supplies$  2,500
Personal Expenses $    1,510
Total $59,968
An undergraduate student will require $59,968 of projected support (plus an inflation factor) for each additional year of study. Students can normally achieve their degree in four years.

Financial aid: Degree-seeking international students are eligible for merit-based scholarships and are evaluated in the same manner as domestic students. In 2017–2018, the average Dean’s scholarship award was $21,000 and the average Loyola scholarship was $15,150. The University does not offer scholarships to exchange students. Please know that international students are not eligible for need-based aid as finances are dispersed by the United States Department of Education, limiting funds to only US citizens.

Test Score requirements: Applicants that are from non-English-speaking countries are required to submit proof of English proficiency. This proof can be achieved by:
• Submission of an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report indicating a score of at least 80 on the Internet-based test
• Submission of an official IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score report indicating a minimum score of overall band 6.5

Undergraduate applicants must submit official test scores through the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or IELTS.

Application Deadlines and Fees: There is no fee to apply to The University of Scranton. Undergraduate applicants must use the Common Application for their application submission. The final application deadlines for international applicants are as follows:
• June 1: Completed applications for the August term must be received
• November 1: Completed applications for the January term must be received
March 1: Completed applications for the June term must be received

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