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The University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit institution that delivers a transformative education, grounded in the liberal arts, to over 3,800 undergraduate students.

With a rich tradition of academic excellence, our programs are taught in small classes and led by faculty who are experts in their fields. Every aspect of a Scranton education exists to help our students succeed. Scholars are challenged here, and supported.

Here, you'll have many choices. With 68 majors and 46 minors across three colleges, faculty and staff work with students to choose a combination of majors and minors that suit them as individuals.

Our graduates are known for their devotion to the welfare of other human beings and by their special commitment to the pursuit of social justice. The University, made up of over 3,800 undergraduates, is one of just 361 colleges in the nation that earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which recognizes Scranton for success in curricular engagement and outreach partnerships.

Scranton develops leaders in every sense through rigorous preparation in students' chosen fields coupled with a commitment to educating the whole person, or cura personalis. We challenge students morally, spiritually and intellectually. Students extend their academic experience through participation in honors programs, internships, faculty-student research and study abroad, and the University provides excellent preparation for medical and other health professions doctoral programs, law school, graduate school, and post-graduate fellowships and scholarships.

In addition to conducting high-level research alongside professors, our students find abundant opportunities to apply classroom learning in the real world. We encourage all students to gain experience and make connections through internships. And they regularly collaborate on professional projects within the local community and beyond.

Year after year, Scranton is recognized among the top tier of universities in the nation for the outstanding quality of its education. According to U.S. News and World Report, Scranton is sixth among master's universities in the North. We are also ranked among the "Great Schools, Great Prices" and the "Best Colleges for Veterans." Our Kania School of Management was ranked among the "Best Graduate Schools," as was our online graduate programs in education and nursing. We're also among the nation's top colleges according to Forbes and The Princeton Review.

In addition, a 2015 report by The Economist ranked Scranton No. 22 in the nation (top 2 percent of four-year colleges) for the impact a Scranton education has on the earnings of its graduates. This is just one of several "best value" rankings for the University.

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Overview

Applicants
10,002
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average HS GPA
3.49

GPA Breakdown

35%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15

Regular — March 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11.7:1
Total Faculty
468
with Terminal Degree
288

241
Men
227
Women
31
Minority
10
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biophysics.
  • Biostatistics.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce.
  • Finance, General.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Operations Management and Supervision.
  • Small Business Administration/Management.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Broadcast Journalism.
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Engineering/Industrial Management.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist.
  • Public Health Education and Promotion.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
  • Forensic Science and Technology.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Human Services, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.


Students Say

Pennsylvania’s The University of Scranton does a tremendous job of creating of “home away from home” for its students. A Catholic and Jesuit institution with an undergraduate enrollment of around 3,800 students, The University of Scranton places an emphasis on “doing service for others,” which is something that the students here appreciate. They also like the fact that they are required to take courses in the “humanities, philosophy, and theology irrespective of [their] major.” In turn, this ensures that students receive a well-rounded education. While there are many fantastic departments, a lot of undergrads highlight Scranton’s strong science programs, which result in a “high rate of students getting acceptance to medical schools.” Inside the classroom, undergrads are generally greeted by “awesome,” “caring” and “really supportive” professors. It’s evident that they really “want their students to excel” and “care about their...success.” As one grateful student recounts, “They are always open to meeting with you outside of class and love to talk about their topic of expertise.” Even better, “they’re just so engaging and really know how to present the material in such a way that it’s interesting for us as students.” Lastly, students applaud the “new improvements constantly being made to update campus including residence halls and academic buildings.”

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Robert S. Weiss
President & CEO, The Cooper Companies, Pleasanton, CA

Susan M. Swain
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-President, C-Span, Washington, DC

Joseph A. Bertolino, Ed. D.
President, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT

Kathleen Curry Santora, Esq.
CEO National Association of College & University Attorneys

Scott A. Carmilani
Chairman, President & CEO, Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings, LTD

Thomas M. Mistele Esq.
COO, Senior Counsel, Secretary & Director, Dodge & Cox Funds, CA

John D. Dionne
Senior Advisor, Blackstone, NYC; Lecturer, Harvard Business School

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

From The School



Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,665

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,408

Average Need-Based Loan
$8,330

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,100

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,810
Foreign Countries Represented
40

Demographics

2.41%
Asian
1.79%
African-American
9.50%
Hispanic
80.00%
Caucasian
2.41%
Unknown
1.08%
International

58% female
42% male
61% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Students Say

On the surface The University of Scranton might not appear to be the most diverse school. After all, “the student body...is mostly white, upper middle class individuals from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and the greater Philadelphia area.” Moreover, everyone seems to have “some sort of religious background.” Fortunately, you’ll still find an array of personality types. As one undergrad explains, “My peers are a diverse group of individuals that range from athletes and musicians [to] the academics and partiers.” Regardless of background and interests, we’re told that Scranton is filled with “lots of genuinely good people” who tend to be “laid back” and display a “casual vibe in clothing and demeanor.” They’re also quite “welcoming and friendly.” As another impressed undergrad shares, “New people are constantly saying hi to you whenever you pass by.” A fellow student immediately concurs adding, “Everyone is always holding doors or helping someone in need.” But perhaps that’s to be expected when you find yourself surrounded by individuals who are “exceptionally kind and upbeat.” Ultimately Scranton students agree that, “We’re all a family here. We look out for each other and help each other.” And you can’t really ask more of your classmates than that.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
65%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

Undergrads at The University of Scranton are an active lot. For starters, many students “utilize the gym either for lifting or to get [in] their cardio.” They can also frequently be found “play[ing] pickup basketball games in the gymnasium.” Moreover, when “the [weather] is nice out, people play football, baseball, frisbee, or other sports around campus.” Of course, there are also plenty of activities beyond athletics. After all, Scranton offers over “eighty clubs and organizations, retreats...and service opportunities.” One undergrad further elaborates, “There’s always something fun to do on campus whether it be a comedy show or a paint night.” And lots of students enjoy attending “LateNight-Scranton,” which often sponsors “movies, games, and free food.” For those interested, you can typically find “parties every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.” However, there isn’t too much peer pressure to attend. When students want a break from campus life, they can easily head into town. Indeed, “it’s...fun to walk downtown by the courthouse square and grab coffee at the local cafes.” Individuals that are hoping to get a little further away can easily “sign up for weekend trips to NYC to see a Broadway show or just to tour the city.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Eugeniu Grigorescu

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
85
Number of Honor Societies
35

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
9

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Royals)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Royals)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Scranton Alliance for Equality (S.A.F.E.) Space is a student club that exists to build a stronger community by creating a more welcoming and comfortable environment for LGBTQ and ally students at the University.

Minority Support Groups: scranton.edu/multicultural

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

Sustainability

81/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Cisco

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Terri Golosky
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510-4699

Phone
570-941-6654

Email
admissions@scranton.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Loyola Science Center, state-of-the-art facility for the natural sciences
DeNaples Center - the hub and heart of our social life on campus
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library
Brennan Hall - home of the Kania School of Management
Leahy Hall - new, $47.5 million home for the health sciences
We offer nearly a half-dozen dining locations from which to choose including the Fresh Food Company in DeNaples, Einstein Bros. Bagels in Leahy Hall and Java City Cafe in the Library. The University is also home to three full-sized, multi-purpose courts, a six-lane pool, dance/aerobics room, a 14,000-square-foot fitness center, four racquetball courts, a weight room and wrestling room.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Montage Mountain Ski Resort
Mohegan Sun Arena - Pittsburgh Penguins Minor League Hockey, Concerts, etc.
Viewmont Mall / Dickson City Crossings shopping area
PNC Field- Home to the Railriders, AAA New York Yankee-affiliate baseball
Lake Scranton ? nearby lake with a 3.5 mile walking/jogging path
Other popular area attractions include Nay Aug Park, Steamtown National Historic Site, Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour, Electric Trolley Museum, Everhart Museum, PA Anthracite Museum, and the Scranton Cultural Center.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F and most Saturdays
8:30-4:30 (M-F)
570-941-6654

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admisssions@scranton.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Visitors' Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

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. Allegiant, Delta, United Express and American Eagle flights are available. The airport is off of Exit 178 off Interstate 81, about 10 miles south of Scranton. To get around the Scranton area, The University of Scranton has contracted with the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) to give students, faculty and staff access to all 31 COLTS routes. Through the COLTS Campus Connections service, members of the University community are able to ride all COLTS buses for free with their Royal Cards. The extensive COLTS network gives our campus community access to shopping, dining, entertainment, attractions and other area colleges. It also provides transportation options for internships, community service and employment.

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 Pavilion, and park in Visitor Parking. Campus maps and visitor parking permits are available in the University Police Office on Level 2 of the Pavilion.

Local Accommodations
For more information or hotel accommodations, please contact the Northeast Territory Visitors Bureau at 1-800-22-WELCOME or www.visitnepa.org.


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