University of Scranton
Situated in the heart of Scranton, Pennsylvania, the University of Scranton offers students the opportunity to stand out. The University of Scranton is a private Catholic university that prepares students to make an impact in the classroom and beyond. The Jesuit educational tradition is based on the principle that students must be prepared to lead in their faith as well as their academic careers, and it’s with these roots that the University of Scranton gives students the chance to change world for the better.
“There are so many ways to get involved on campus—from clubs and organizations to intramural sports to all kinds of student activities. Being a part of such an active campus gives you every opportunity to become the best version of yourself, meeting new people, developing new skills and becoming a more well-rounded person.” – Fahad Ashraf, Biology and Philosophy ’20
Get to know University of Scranton
The University of Scranton encourages students to continue their education beyond the classroom through hands-on research. Throughout the school year, students can work closely with professors on research projects as part of upper-division coursework, the Honors Program, or the Faculty/Student Research Program, which pairs students with a faculty mentor. And during the summer months, students can be selected for a Summer Research Fellowship, which awards stipends to top achievers with strong research proposals. Scranton is proud of its student researchers; every year, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs displays students’ work at the Annual Celebration of Student Scholars and takes steps to help get their research recognized nationally.
STUDY AND SERVE ABROAD
Scranton gives students the opportunity to take their learning global. Scranton’s study abroad program matches students’ financial means, interests, and academic goals to get them to university settings in 41 countries around the world. Whether they want to travel for just a summer or go international for an entire year, students can supplement their classwork through service, internships, and learning from top institutions. Campus Ministries’ International Service Program encourages students to give back while immersing themselves in global cultures. In May and June, students, faculty, and staff travel to Central and South America to build homes, improve the environment, work with the elderly, and more while learning first-hand about the life and citizens of other countries.
UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM
The University of Scranton offers a variety of honors programs, all of which are designed to let students shape their own academic journey. Programs across the business, STEM, and liberal arts fields all grant students a community of faculty, fellow students, and industry leaders to guide them both in and outside of the classroom. Students enrolled in honors programs participate in field trips, service projects, research, and more. Scranton’s honors programs help students become strong communicators, critical thinkers, and leaders on campus and beyond.
“In the summer before my junior year, I traveled to Haiti as part of Scranton’s International Service Program (ISP). I was with 12 other students and two adult supervisors. We spent 10 days in Haiti, building houses and reaching out to a special-needs orphanage. It was an eye-opening experience to be immersed in the culture of a developing nation.” – Maggie Parks, Marketing, ’16
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 2%
White, non-Hispanic: 76%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 4%
Students can choose from a variety of topics in a first-year seminar class of their choosing, regardless of whether its subject applies to their major. With courses covering the Bible, Irish culture, and more, small cohorts of no more than 18 students can learn about the world, their campus, and their new classmates over the course of a semester.
WEAVING A T.A.P.E.S.T.R.Y.
Students in the Kanuska College of Professional Development go a step beyond their curriculum in the T.A.P.E.S.T.R.Y. Program, a four-year series of co-curricular events geared toward helping Scranton students become leaders in their workplace and beyond. Following in the Jesuit educational tradition, T.A.P.E.S.T.R.Y. engages students in major-specific activities designed to prepare them for what’s next—with their “head, heart, and hands.”
The University of Scranton encourages student leaders to demonstrate their skills to the entire campus community. In the Leadership Capstone Experience, juniors can apply to work in a small group to collaborate on a capstone portfolio or presentation. It’s in working together that each Scranton student learns to be a strong individual.
“Because our classes are small, professors can give individual attention to students and challenge them at the appropriate level. The friendly relationships with professors, and with students, have allowed me to thrive.” – Matthew Reynolds, Biology and Biophysics ‘18
The University of Scranton is committed to making all students feel comfortable on campus. The Jane Kopas Women’s Center, for example, provides a space for students of all genders to learn about gender inequality and the importance of women’s leadership, to advocate for victims of violence, and to engage with women’s groups in the surrounding community. The Multicultural Center also celebrates the diversity of students at Scranton through various events and its comfortable space for students to gather on campus.
RESIDENTIAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES
In addition to living on campus, students can participate in first-year Living-Learning Communities, which are designed to bring Scranton students together through shared interests, a shared first-year seminar course, and a shared living space. Students will also be matched with a sophomore mentor who previously participated in an LLC, providing them a guide through their first year at the University of Scranton. After freshman year, students can live in Themed Communities, which bring students of common interests together without the course requirement of an LLC.
GET OUT OF “THE OFFICE”
The University of Scranton is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, known as the “Electric City.” Just moments from the Pocono Mountains and two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Scranton has outlets for students of all interests. Scranton’s local theatre, minor league sports, and a historic downtown district welcome all who are interested. Anyone can get out and explore what the city has to offer… or they can just stay in “The Office.”
The Scranton Royals compete in 23 NCAA Division III sports, with 10 men’s and 11 women’s programs. From baseball and softball to cross country and wrestling\, Scranton demonstrates leadership, service, and excellence both on and off the field.
Men’s sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling
Women’s sports: Softball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
At the University of Scranton, students are encouraged to find internships where skills learned in the classroom can be demonstrated in a professional setting. By working side-by-side with professionals, students earn the confidence and knowledge necessary to be successful in their careers. For those who accept unpaid internships, the university offers support through the Royal Internship Experience, ensuring that students have the financial means to continue their education off campus.
Scranton provides students with numerous resources to support their career goals. The Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development offers mock interviews, résumé and cover letter reviews, an annual Career Expo, and a job board exclusive to Scranton students and alumni. Career counselors help students plan for the future and find an industry that fits their interests and skills.
Scranton students graduate equipped for their next step in life—whatever that may be. Over the past four years, Scranton seniors have had a 100% acceptance rate into law school, and the class of 2018 had a 94% acceptance rate into doctoral health professional programs. The class of 2018 saw 98% of students employed, serving, or continuing their education within six months of graduation. After their time at Scranton, students make an impact early on in their professional lives.
“Our graduates have outstanding employment rates and exceptional acceptance rates to graduate and professional schools. It’s a testament to the excellence of our programs, our college and our students.” – Dr. Paul Datti, Director of the Counseling and Human Services Program
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 560 | 75th Percentile: 640
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 640
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 28
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 28
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 30
Tuition & Cost
The University of Scranton welcomes students with a passion for service and a desire to learn. Scranton provides small classes, a strong sense of community, and professional development tools for the next generation of leaders. The Office of Financial Aid works tirelessly to help students, and 97% of students in the fall of 2018 were offered funding through scholarships or grants.