University of Scranton

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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

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