University of Scranton

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School Overview

The University of Scranton is a private, Catholic and Jesuit University founded in 1888 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Since its founding, the school has thrived on empowering students to employ ethics in their education, and to instill a sense of social responsibility alongside hard work and study. Every year these principles are taught to approximately 5,500 students on 58 beautiful acres of campus.

Degree Programs

Students at University of Scranton can choose from any number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs administered by one of the university’s three colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences, the Kania School of Management, or the Panuska College of Professional Studies. Undergraduate students have the option of choosing from 66 different majors, with 44 minors, and 38 areas of emphasis, while graduate students are given a choice between studying online or on-campus, and can select an area of study from one of 26 master’s degree programs. Additionally, the University awards degrees from a Doctor of Physical Therapy program.


The University of Scranton has received accreditation from more than 15 esteemed agencies in areas of business and management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, computer science, nursing, chemistry and counseling. The University has been granted accreditation from ABET, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing, among others.


There are 18 athletic programs at Scranton who compete in NCAA Division III athletic programs, with nine sports for men and nine for women. Scranton competes in the Landmark Conference in 16 of these 18 sports, with men’s golf being a member of the Empire 8 Conference. Sports at Scranton include softball, basketball, baseball, field hockey, cross-country, lacrosse, swimming, soccer, diving, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.


The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library is the top academic library in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It boasts 592,230 volumes, with an additional 21,871 non-print items and 8,815 streaming media programs. The library employs a sophisticated online catalog that helps users find books and journals quickly and efficiently. Students have access to 148 online databases, 48,971 print and online journals, 165,969 full-text books online, a 24/7 chat reference, and Ask-A-Librarian assistance. In addition to the 88 Internet workstations found in the library, there are iPads and Android tablets that can be borrowed overnight, with laptops available to users in the building. The Reilly Learning Commons and Pro Deo Room contain 43 computers that are available to students at any time. Rare books, faculty publications, historical records, and other special collections are located in the University Archives.


U.S. News & World Report has consistently rated the University of Scranton in the top 10 listing for Best Master’s Universities-North. Other publications have recognized the university as a strong candidate for prospective students, including the Princeton Review, Kaplan’s Publishing and Newsweek. The “Up and Coming List” in 2010 listed Scranton as having “A Strong Commitment to Teaching”, and in 2011, The Huffington Post listed the University as the sixth friendliest school in the nation.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

There are many different types of financial aid that can be awarded to students at the University of Scranton, including grants, merit scholarships, work-study and loans. To further help fund schooling, the University offers monthly payment plans, and family tuition discounts to its students.

Student Housing

Scranton has 13 residences on campus, mainly providing housing for freshmen. In addition to these on-campus options, the University owns three housing halls and more than 20 additional apartment complexes and houses in the surrounding neighborhoods. These off-campus housing options include Mulberry Plaza and Madison Square, two townhouse-style living spaces with full kitchens, and central air. The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Student Affairs offer support and assistance to provide additional aid to students seeking living arrangements off-campus.

General Information

Admission Office
800 Linden Street
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510-4699
(570) 941-7540
(888) 727-2686
Fax: (570) 941-5928

Contact: Joseph Roback
Assistant Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment
Main Address
800 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510
(570) 941-7400

Total undergrads: 4,132
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 968
Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,010
Graduate enrollment: 1,519

Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Not reported

Online application fee: Free

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 66%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 91%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biophysics B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management A,B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General A,B
Information Sciences/Systems B,C


Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B


Electrical/Communications Engineering A,B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Latin B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Health System Administration A,B,C
Nursing (RN) B
Substance Abuse Counseling C


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Human Services A,B,C

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies A,B
Forensic Technologies B

Social Sciences

Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government A,B
Sociology A,B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Scranton Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(570) 941-7400
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Address:800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510-4629
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:5,380
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):82%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:4,453 (83% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$42,162
Out-of-state Tuition:$42,162
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:96%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$23,035

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Scranton Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Scranton.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences61
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services62910
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs14
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services112
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics4
Health Professions and Related Programs4157
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service12
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Mathematics and Statistics2
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Philosophy and Religious Studies21
Physical Sciences32
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Social Sciences14
Visual and Performing Arts1
Grand total14105930

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Scranton.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services23
Health Professions and Related Programs2
Grand total27

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Scranton and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid86896%
Grant or scholarship aid84994%$23,035
Student loan aid63370%$8,637

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid3,45388%$22,052
Federal student loans2,55165%$6,859

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Scranton. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Scranton students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants10,1143,7686,346
Percent admitted100%77%73%
Percent admitted who enrolled10%12%9%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Scranton Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment5,380
Undergraduate enrollment3,867
Graduate enrollment1,513

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Scranton Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs (Loyola Hall of Science)
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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