From the School

Keystone College is a small, private college that educates students in the liberal arts tradition. Keystone College has a long history of serving students. What began as Keystone Academy in 1868 has now become one of the most popular and most diverse institutions in northeastern Pennsylvania. Keystone College is consistently recognized for its small class sizes and exceptional reputation by organizations like U.S. News and World Report.

Keystone College aspires to transform lives by inspiring and empowering a community where learning flourishes. By offering students a personalized, hands-on learning atmosphere combined with a guarantee of success, Keystone College has quickly become a leader in quality education.

Also included in the Keystone College story is a personalized educational experience. With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio the college is able to ensure the individual attention that students deserve. Keystone offers a variety of opportunities for experiential learning. Students have completed internships for such places as Good Morning America (ABC TV), the Philadelphia Eagles, the U.S. Secret Service, Walt Disney World, and the United States Olympic Committee. Students may also choose to take their studies or internships abroad. Recently, Keystone students have studied or worked recently in England, the Czech Republic, India, Australia, Ireland, Spain, and Costa Rica. Hands-on learning is also available without setting foot off campus through access to unique offerings like the Oppenheim Family Children’s Center, a daycare and preschool where education students can train, and the campus’s woodlands, streams, and ponds, which provide a natural classroom for students in environmental programs.

In addition to its commitment to its student body, Keystone College is fully dedicated to the protection of our environment. Through several green initiatives, the College has greatly reduced the size of the carbon footprint left behind by the campus. These initiatives include: the purchase of four electric vans which replaced three gas powered vehicles, the purchase of Energy Star rated appliances throughout campus, special parking for carpoolers; and Trayless Tuesdays and the utilization of biomass packaging in dining areas. The strength of The Keystone Family makes the picturesque campus a source of intellectual growth, cultural awareness, environmental stewardship, and service opportunities.

Keystone has a diverse student body of approximately 1400 students from across the United States and the globe. With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of about 13 students, Keystone is able to ensure the individual attention that students deserve.


From The School

Keystone reviews applications on a rolling basis; meaning that students will receive an admissions decision once the office receives their application materials. Starting for Fall 2017 applicants, Keystone is now test optional, which allows students to receive an admissions decision without submitting SAT or ACT scores. Test scores will be considered if submitted, and Keystone reserves the right to require them in some instances. Students should submit scores if they feel they are a positive reflection of their ability, but they will not be at a disadvantage if scores are withheld. By simply sending an application and transcripts from all institutions attended (high school and college/university), a student will receive a quick admissions decision and merit scholarship review. Additional requirements may be requested from international students or those applying to one of Keystone’s visual arts programs.


Acceptance Rate

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
400 - 500
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
400 - 500
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
380 - 480

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
17 - 22

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted


Regular — June 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

In its effort to transform lives by inspiring and empowering a community where learning flourishes, Keystone has designed the Stairs to Success program, a four-year plan for undergraduates to get the most of their college experience and be prepared for the real world as Keystone graduate. Keystone enhances every student’s experience through its unique pledge to graduates: “The Keystone Promise.” This guarantee of success includes a promise in writing that within six months of graduating from Keystone College students will have received at least one job offer, or where appropriate, be accepted into a graduate or transfer program. In the unlikely event this does not occur, we will provide you with additional courses and career counseling at no additional charge. Keystone offers a variety of opportunities for experiential learning in all of our programs which prepares our graduates for successful careers. Some of the recent graduates have gained placement at successful companies such as ABC News, UPS, NBA, ESPN, and Time Warner; and with government agencies including Federal Homeland Security, Department of Defense, IRS, FDA, and National Park Service. Keystone alumni are also enrolled at prestigious graduate schools across the U.S.


The dedicated faculty at Keystone College support the students through advising, academics, and undergraduate research. Faculty members serve as mentors to students in both student-and faculty-initiated research, and they provide students with opportunities to connect with professionals in their field and gain experience.


Among other unique programs to Keystone College, Stairs to Success is a four-year developmental program designed for students to get the most out of their education and be fully prepared to step into the world beyond college. The plan describes events, academic curriculum, and career development opportunities that, if followed, will make the most of your college years and help you success with your academic goals and career dreams.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Keystone offers over 40 degree options for every interest, including Business, Education, Arts, Criminal Justice, and the Natural Sciences.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

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


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Environmental Biology
  • Wildlife Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting and Business/Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Journalism, Other
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Computer Programming, Other
  • Computer Programming, Specific Applications
  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and management, Other
  • Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, Other
  • Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
  • Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
  • Information Science/Studies
  • System Administration/Administrator
  • System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
  • Word Processing

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Child Care and Support Services Management
  • Child Development
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Communication

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Public Health, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Forest Technology/Technician
  • Forestry, Other
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Personal and Culinary Services

  • Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General
  • Culinary Arts/Chef Training
  • Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant
  • Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Criminalistics and Criminal Science
  • Security and Protective Services, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Social Sciences, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Ryan Patrick Joyce
Automobile Designer for Daimler Chrysler

Jennifer Flyte
Childrens' Book Author

George Ciccarone
Producer, highest rated documentary in the history of HBO

Lamont Carolina
Presidential Campaign worker for Barack Obama, stand-up comedian

Diane Paparo
Diane Paparo Associates, Ltd, New York, NY interior design consulting

Kate Micucci
Actress/comedian/musician, stars on sitcom "Raising Hope"

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition, fees, room, and board for a new student living on campus for the 2017-2018 academic year is $36,200. Tuition and fees for a commuter student is $25,648.

Textbooks and course materials are included in the price of tuition, through the Include ED program. This eliminates the difficulty many college students face in being able to afford the additional cost of textbooks after paying for tuition, room, and board, and ensures that no student goes without the materials they need in order to succeed. Students will have access to all texts, whether electronic or traditional hard-copy format, as well as other materials such lab coats and art supplies. As an added benefit, full-time students will be given a free table to access online texts and coursework.

Financial Aid

Keystone College is committed to making a college education affordable. 96% of Keystone students receive financial aid. Generous merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission, and range from $6,500 per year to full tuition. Students are automatically considered for merit scholarships, but should file a FAFSA to be considered for additional institutional aid, as well as federal and state financial aid. Keystone’s FAFSA code is 003280.

Keystone College recognizes that many students and parents have concerns about student loans. Keystone College wants students to be free to pursue the career of their choice without the worry of student loans standing in the way. The Keystone Commitment Loan Repayment Assistance Program is a pledge offered to first-time, full-time freshmen pursuing a bachelor’s degree. If a student graduates within six years with their baccalaureate degree and does not earn $40,000 per year, Keystone will help repay their student (and parent PLUS) loans until they do. This is an added benefit and there is no charge to students.


Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender


From The School

Keystone College offers a variety of diverse activities for all areas of interest including academic, social, spiritual, recreational, or athletic. The College boasts over 30 student-run clubs and organizations, 10 instrumental and voice ensembles, intramural sports, and plenty of leadership opportunities. Most activities, including music lessons and instrument rentals, are at no cost.

Keystone students also have a reputation for being involved in the community. Through our Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, Keystone students have recorded over 24,000 hours of community service in one year, gaining them status on the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service with Distinction. In addition, Keystone College is a military friendly school with a very active Armed Forces Club.

Keystone College has 21 NCAA Division III varsity sports.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



59% female
41% male
13% are out of state
83% are full time
17% are part time


From The School


Nestled in the heart of the Endless Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Keystone College’s rural 276-acre campus is truly special. Located only 15 minutes from Downtown Scranton and a short road trip away from New York City and Philadelphia, Keystone is near some of the best entertainment, cultural, and sporting venues in the Northeast. The large campus includes 170 woodland acres with 7 miles of nature trails.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

At Keystone you will find the Regional 3-D Design Center (KC3D), an additive manufacturing and 3-D printing center for students to gain visual arts and workforce experience; the Oppenheim Family Children’s Center, a daycare and preschool where education students can train; and the Thomas Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory, an educational and research facility for the Keystone community and general public. The campus’s woodlands campus boasts facilities for Field Biology coursework, such as a maple sugar shack, apple orchard, nature trails, vernal pool, and apiary. Visual arts students also benefit from having access to sculpture, printmaking, painting and photography studios, a foundry, and the region’s only hot glass studio.

Off-Campus Opportunities

An off-campus shuttle is available for trips to Scranton and the Dickson City shopping areas. Students also have opportunities every semester for bus trips to Philadelphia and New York City.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

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 (Giants)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Giants)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Scranton
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

Kathryn Reilly
Director of Admissions

One College Green
PO Box 50
La Plume, PA 18440



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Lindner Art Gallery in Miller Library
270 acre Woodlands campus (nature trails)
Gambal Athletic Center
Giants' Den
Giant's Grill

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mohegan Sun Arena-concerts
Steamtown & Viewmont Malls
Montage Mountain- Shoppes at Montage and Cinemark movie theater
Sno Mountain & Elk Mountain Ski Areas
Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankee Stadium
New York Yankees affiliate baseball team, and Pittsburgh Penguins affiliate hockey team are in the area. Art galleries, cafes and restaurants in downtown Scranton are popular places.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri; select Saturdays by appointment
M-Th: 8:30 am - 8:00pm; Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Open House & Visitation Days

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

One-night only. Advanced arrangements.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Scranton/Wilkes Barre International Airport is 40 minutes from campus, major bus station in Scranton is 20 minutes away, and taxi service to campus is available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-81 to exit 194/Clarks Summit, or northeast extension of PA turnpike/476 North to the end (Clarks Summit). Follow US Rtes. 6 & 11 going Northwest for 7 miles to Keystone College.

Local Accommodations
Clarks Summit, PA (10 minutes). See for a complete list of local accomodations. Many hotels offer discounts for students and parents visiting Keystone College. Major hotels in Clarks Summit include Hampton Inn, Ramada Hotel, Econo Lodge, Comfort Inn, and Nichols Village Inn.

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