From the School

The University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit university known for outstanding academic quality, a beautiful and technology-rich campus, and a sense of community that helps you feel right at home. At Scranton, you can feed your mind, find all kinds of friends and become part of a community that will enrich your spirit.

Located in Pennsylvania's Pocono Northeast region, our 56-acre hillside campus is in the heart of a city of 75,000, just two hours from New York City, N.Y., Philadelphia, Pa., and Hartford, Conn.

The University of Scranton is devoted to the Jesuit maxim of cura personalis, which for us means that we respect and cherish you for your unique talents and aspirations. We recognize the integral role that campus life plays in the overall education of the student. Because, in so many ways, learning does not stop at the classroom door, Scranton provides a range of activities and support services for leadership development, personal enrichment, and simply for fun and recreation.

Giving back to and partnering with the community are integral parts of The University of Scranton. The University is one of only 119 schools in the country that earned the 2008 Community Engagement Classification designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This recognizes Scranton for success in curricular engagement and outreach partnerships. At the University, more than 160 courses have service learning components and 11 academic departments have a service-learning requirement.

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 their 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. Their research projects, many of which are conducted with the assistance of students, are often supported by competitive grants.

In a new U.S. News and World Report ranking for 2011, Scranton was tied for third among the Master's Universities in the North, and among only 86 in the nation recognized for a "Strong Commitment to Teaching." According to U.S. News, this peer assessment ranking identifies "schools where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching – schools that emphasize this aspect of academic life."

Our students are high achievers, too. Since 1972, University of Scranton students have received 128 Fulbright's and other prestigious fellowships. In addition, students earned four Truman Scholarships and eight Goldwater Scholarships in the past eight years alone. Of the 428 senior applicants to health professions schools over the last 10 years, an average of 80% were accepted to schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry and optometry.

In the past seven years, more than 300 Scranton graduates have received acceptance into at least 70 law schools throughout the United States, including some of the nation's most prestigious, such as Boston College, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University and the University of Notre Dame.

Because more majors mean more opportunities for you, Scranton offers 61 bachelor's degree programs, 45 minors, 25 master's degree programs and a doctor of physical therapy program through four colleges and schools.

The University of Scranton is nationally recognized for its academic excellence. For the past 17 years U.S. News has ranked Scranton among the 10 finest master's universities in the North.

In addition, U.S. News listed the University was one of the "Great Schools at a Great Price," which relates academic quality to the cost of attendance. This is the seventh consecutive year Scranton has made this listing of just 15 schools in the North. The University's Kania School of Management was included among the elite colleges listed in the U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools."

For three consecutive years, the University has made the list of 610 universities published in's "America's Best Colleges.” Also, The Princeton Review listed Scranton among "The Best 373 Colleges" in the nation for the ninth consecutive year and the Kania School of Management among the "Best 301 Business Schools" for the fifth consecutive year. Barron's includes Scranton among only 198 colleges in the nation listed in the 11th edition of their "Best Buys in College Education."


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 600
SAT Math
520 - 610
ACT Composite
22 - 27


March 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


Students Say

With “an outstanding record for admission to graduate programs, not only in law and medicine but also in several other fields,” The University of Scranton is a good fit for ambitious students seeking “a Jesuit school in every sense of the word. If you come here, expect to be challenged to become a better person, to develop a strong concern for the poor and marginalized, and to grow spiritually and intellectually.” The school manages to accomplish this without “forcing religion upon you, which is nice.” Undergraduates also approve of the mandatory liberal-arts-based curriculum that “forces you to learn about broader things than your own major.” Strong majors here include “an amazing occupational therapy program.” “This is a great place for premeds and other sciences,” students agree. While the workload can be difficult, “a tutoring center provides free tutoring for any students who may need it, and also provides work-study positions for students who qualify to tutor.” Need more help? Professors “are extremely accessible. They will go to any lengths to help you understand material and do well,” while administrators “are here for the students, and show that every day inside and outside of the classroom.” Community ties here are strong; as one student points out, “the Jesuits live in our dorms, creating an even greater sense of community, because we don’t view them as just priests, we view them as real people who can relate on our level.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

John D. Dionne
Senior Advisor, Blackstone Group

Martina Martin
Chief Administrative Officer, United Way of Central Maryland

Geno J. Merli, M.D.
Senior VP & Chief Medical Officer, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Patricia A. Maleski
Chief Control Officer, J.P. Morgan Funds; CAO, J.P. Morgan Funds Mgt. Inc.

Dennis M. Size
VP of Design, Lighting Design Group; 3 Emmy Awards for Lighting Design

Susan M. Swain

Christopher M. "Kip" Condron
President & CEO (retired) AXA Financial, Inc. (New York, NY)


From The School

Undergraduate tuition for freshmen in the 2010-11 academic year is $ $34,236, room and board charges are between $7,002 $8,142 and fees are $300.


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Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


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Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Because learning does not stop at the classroom door, we provide opportunities to participate in an array of social, educational, wellness and retreat activities.

You will be able to participate in more than 80 clubs and organizations. If your interests are journalism or writing you can become involved in Aquinas (student newspaper), Esprit (literary journal), Windhover (yearbook) or Royal Network News (campus electronic news). You can become active in the arts through the University Players, University Bands and University Singers. You can develop as a leader through student government or explore politics with the Campus Democrats and College Republicans. You can even choose clubs that link to academic majors or that celebrate ethnic and cultural roots. And you can experience the satisfaction of helping others through Students for Social Justice, Habitat for Humanity and the Community Outreach Office.

Scranton fields NCAA Division III varsity teams in nine sports for men and nine sports for women. All of our teams – except golf and wrestling – compete in NCAA Division III's Landmark Conference, a group of seven like-minded colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic states. In addition, more than 3,000 students each year participate in leagues, weekend special events and tournaments through the Intramural and Recreation Program.

Students Say

While “the typical Scranton student is white, Catholic, and from the suburbs,” students hasten to point out “within this sameness, there is much diversity. There are people who couldn’t care at all about religion, and there are people who are deeply religious. Even in the Catholic atmosphere of the school, the school only requires that you learn about Catholicism as it stands. Theology classes…are prefaced with the idea that ’You do not have to believe this!’” Undergrads here are generally “friendly and welcoming. Cliques are pretty much nonexistent, and anyone who would be classified as ‘popular ’ is only considered so because they are extremely friendly, outgoing, and seek out friendships with as many people as possible.” Students tend to be on the Abercrombie-preppy side, with lots of undergrads of Italian, Irish, and Polish descent.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



57% female
43% male
60% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time


From The School

Easily reached by major highways, The University of Scranton is about two hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Syracuse, and Danbury (Connecticut) and only about four hours from Baltimore and Washington. An urban campus, The University of Scranton offers all of the opportunities of a city location. Students can also take advantage of the University's Conference and Retreat Center at Chapman Lake, just 25 minutes from campus. One visit to our 56-acre campus is enough to experience the friendliness and enthusiasm that is the cornerstone of the Scranton community. Located in the City of Scranton (population 70,000), The University of Scranton is within walking distance of internships, cultural opportunities, a downtown mall, movie theater, and the Steamtown National Historic Site. Students can intern at one of three hospitals within a mile of campus, law offices, businesses, local television stations and newspapers, service agencies and other organizations. Just a 10-minute drive away is Sno Mountain with its winter ski area and snow tubing park, as well as the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain concert amphitheater. The nearby 12,000-seat Lackawanna County Stadium is home to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the AAA franchise of the New York Yankees. The Wachovia Arena, just 15 minutes away from Montage, offers national concert tours, arena football and professional ice hockey featuring a minor-league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Other attractions include the Pocono Motor Speedway, Elk Mountain ski resort, several state parks, and two museums.

Students Say

“There is a whole range of activities to do on the weekends” at The University of Scranton, including “frequent trips, dances, and movies that are screened for free.” Students tell us “the school and student organizations provide plenty of options, such as retreats, talent shows, and other various activities.” There are also “many intramurals to become involved in, and the varsity sports (specifically the women’s) are very successful.” Furthermore, “being a Jesuit school, social justice issues are huge. They are taught in the classroom, and students spend a lot of time volunteering.” Hometown Scranton is big enough to provide “movie theaters, two malls, parks, a bowling alley, and a skiing/snowboarding mountain.” In short, there are plenty of choices for the non-partier at Scranton. Many we heard from in our survey reported busy extracurricular schedules. But those seeking a party won’t be disappointed here, either. Scranton undergrads “party a lot, but they balance it with studying. Parties are chances to go out, see people, dance, and drink if you want.” You “can find a party any time of day, seven days a week” here, usually with a keg tapped and pouring. Few here feel the party scene is out of hand, however a typical student writes, “It’s very different than at schools with Greek systems. It is a lot more laid-back, and all about everyone having a good time.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

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First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Royals)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Royals)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: The ALLY program is designed to provide trained University personnel who can serve as a resource for students. The program provides a supportive environment which allows gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students to speak freely and safely about their concerns.

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Wilkes University

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Paula Lynott
Visit Coordinator

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510-4699



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Loyola Hall of Science
DeNaples Campus Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library
Brennan Hall (Home of the Kania School of Management)
Dionne Green

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Montage Mountain (Skiing, AAA New York Yankee-affiliate baseball)
Mohegan Sun Arena (Pittsburgh Penguins Minor League Hockey, Concerts, etc.)
The Mall @ Steamtown
Steamtown National Historic Site
Lake Scranton
Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour, Electric Trolley Museum, Everhart Museum, PA Anthracite Museum, Scranton Cultural Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F and most Saturdays
8:30-4:30 (M-F), 10:00-12:00 (Sat)

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Royal Nights Program for accepted students only.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The University of Scranton is easily reached by car and air. Located off Interstate 81 in Northeastern Pennsylvania, driving time from New York City, Philadelphia and Syracuse is just two hours, with Trenton and Hartford less than three hours away. For those traveling by air to the metropolitan Scranton area, we are serviced by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. American Eagle (American Airlines), Continental Connection, Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways flights are available. The airport is off of Exit 178 (old exit 49A) off Interstate 81, about 10 miles south of Scranton.

Driving Instructions to Campus
GPS Address: 820 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA 18510. From the North: I-81 South to Exit 185*. From the West: I-80 East to I-81 North to Exit 185*. From New York and Northern New Jersey: I-80 West to I-380 North to I-81 South to Exit 185*. From Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey: Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-476) to Exit 115, then I-81 North to Exit 185*. From Connecticut and New England: I-84 West to I-81 South to Exit 185*. From Baltimore and Washington: I-83 North to I-81 North to Exit 185*. *From I-81 Exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway): Follow signs to campus (on right). Before the first traffic signal, turn sharply right onto Madison Ave. Proceed 2 blocks and turn right at the light onto Mulberry St. After 1 block, turn right into the main entrance (level 2) of the Parking and Public Safety Pavilion, and park in Visitor Parking. Campus maps and visitor parking permits are available in the Public Safety Office on Level 2 of the Pavilion.

Local Accommodations
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