The University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

The University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

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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 Jesuit Catholic university, we want our students to have an engaged, integrated, and global 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. Ninety-eight percent of the Class of 2018 were employed, continuing their education, or engaged in service within six months of graduating. 

Of the 1,148 applicants to doctoral health profession schools over the past 20 years, an average of 80% were accepted to schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, podiatry, and optometry. 

There’s yet another success story at Scranton: the Fulbright story. Since 1972, 158 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 68 bachelor’s degree programs, 47 minors, and more than 35 graduate programs, including doctoral programs in Physical Therapy (DPT), Business Administration (DBA), Nursing Practice (DNP), and Nurse Anesthesia (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 widely published 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 real world with both feet before you graduate. The Classes of 2018 and 2019 completed internships at 979 organizations in 38 different states, plus the District of Columbia, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Ghana, India, Italy, and Panama.

Campus life
Located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Northeast region, our 58-acre hillside campus is in the heart of a city of nearly 76,000 people, 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 $260 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. The $14 million Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Athletics Campus was dedicated in May 2018. 

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 areas such 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 34 conference championships during that span, including seven in men’s basketball, five in women’s soccer, six in women’s basketball, three each in women’s tennis and women’s swimming & diving, and one in women’s softball.

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 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 reasons a Scranton education is 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 2019–2020 academic year was $45,790. Room and board charges for resident freshmen were $15,310.

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 admission 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


In addition to being ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the 10 finest master’s universities in the North for 25 consecutive years, Scranton’s other national rankings include “Best Campus Food,” “Healthiest,” “Friendliest,” “Best College Dorms,” “Best Buys in College Education,” and “Best Bang for the Buck.”

For the past 17 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 in volunteer service each year and increasingly choosing to devote time to volunteering after graduation.

• Undergraduates: Approximately 3,800
• First-year class: Approximately 1,000 students per year
• Student-faculty ratio: 13:1
• Average class size: 20 students
• 304 full-time faculty
• 89% of full-time instructional faculty with a doctorate or other terminal degree in their field

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