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Outcomes and National Recognition

Scranton is devoted to providing its students with a transformational learning experience and a bright future. Year after year, the University and its students are recognized for everything from academic excellence to commitment to service.

  • U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” has ranked the University of Scranton among the 10 top master's universities in the North for 22 consecutive years; in the 2016 edition Scranton placed 8th and was also recognized as one of the “Best Colleges for Veterans.”
  • In its 2016 guidebook, U.S. News & World Report ranked several of The University of Scranton’s master’s degree programs among America’s “Best Graduate Schools.” The University’s online graduate program in education ranked No. 13 in the nation. The University’s graduate program in nursing ranked No. 83.
  • In 2014, three Kania School of Management programs ranked among the top 25 in the nation on U.S News & World Report’s business specialty lists:
    • Entrepreneurship ranked No. 16
    • Finance ranked No. 22
    • Accounting ranked No. 25
  • Princeton Review has included Scranton among its “Best Colleges” for the past 14 years.
  • For 10 consecutive years, the University’s Kania School of Management has been included among Princeton Review’s“Best 296 Business Schools.”
  • Our MBA program was ranked among the top 15 in the nation for general management by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.
  • In the 2016 guidebook, Princeton Review also recognized the University for: “Best Science Labs" (No. 8), “Best Campus Food” (No. 11), “Best College Dorms” (No. 16), and “Students Love These Colleges” (No. 19).
  •  Forbes magazine has ranked Scranton as one of “America’s Best Colleges” for eight consecutive years.
  • The University ranked as the 25th “Healthiest” college in the United States, according to an April 2012 listing posted on Greatist.com, an online source for health and fitness information.
  • In a July 2011 article titled “The Friendliest Colleges,” published by The Huffington Post, Scranton was ranked among the eight most pleasant colleges in the country.
  • The University of Scranton’s dining facilities and residence halls are among the best in the nation, according to a ranking by Business Insider.

An Outstanding Value

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Scranton among colleges on the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list.
  • The University is listed among the 198 colleges in the nation included in the 11th edition of Barron’s “Best Buys in College Education.”
  • For the eighth consecutive year Forbes has ranked Scranton among America’s “best values” in college education.
  • Scranton is among just 100 universities in the nation — and one of just seven institutions in Pennsylvania — listed in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Private Colleges,” a ranking measuring "academic quality and affordability.”
  • MONEY magazine ranked Scranton No. 167 among the 736 "Best Colleges" that provide the best value for your tuition dollar.
  • Since 1972, 150 graduates of The University of Scranton have earned Fulbrights or other prestigious international fellowships.
  • For the past 10 years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has listed the University among the "top producers" of Fulbright awards for American students. The University is among just 21 “Master’s Institutions” in the nation making The Chronicle's list.
  • In the last 10 years, Scranton students earned five Truman Scholarships and 11 Goldwater Scholarships.
  • In the past 10 years, four students were named to USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team.
  • Scranton’s freshman retention rate is 89%. The average rate, nationally, for selective Bachelor’s/Master’s institutions is 80.2%. (Please note that the "average rate" is the average of the last four years.) 
  • Scranton’s six-year graduation rate is 37% above the national average
  • The University has earned accreditation from 17 different accrediting agencies, including recognition by the nation’s most prestigious bodies in the fields of business and management, nursing, computer science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chemistry and counseling.
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1, and the average class size is 21.
  • 88% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees and 67% are tenured. Members of the faculty hold degrees from 289 different universities in 25 countries on five continents.
  • More than 50% of students in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics participate in research; 45% of these students wrote a formal thesis and 38% of these students authored or coauthored a publication and/or conference paper.
  • Carrying on a tradition that spans more than three decades, Scranton students from nearly every undergraduate degree program have studied abroad. Since 2005, students have studied in 41 different countries. A few hundred Scranton students study abroad each year.
  • The University’s NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program has produced 31 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since 1981. In addition, 15 graduates have earned NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships since 1974. 
  • In the past two years, Scranton students have completed internships for credit at 432 organizations in 9 different states. Students participate in both credit and non-credit internship experiences.
  • Students from other countries have studied at the University for more than 50 years. In the past five years, the University has enrolled graduate and undergraduate students from 39 countries.
  • Ninety-four percent of the class of 2014 was employed, pursuing graduate or professional studies, or volunteering full time within six months of graduation.
  • Of the 911 applicants to doctoral health professions schools over the past 15 years, an average of 78% were accepted to schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry and optometry.
  • In the past four years, more than 150 Scranton graduates have received acceptance into more than 80 law schools throughout the United States. These include some of the nation’s most prestigious schools, such as Boston University, Cornell, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and William and Mary.
  • Since 1983, a total of 532 University of Scranton graduates have chosen full-time volunteer service over employment. A total of 263 of these Scranton graduates have volunteered with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Superior Salaries

  • An October 2015 report by The Economist ranked The University of Scranton No. 22 in the nation (top 2% of four-year colleges) for the impact a Scranton education has on the earnings of its graduates.
  • The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, published in October 2015, ranked The University of Scranton among the top 100 colleges in the nation for the increase in annual earnings it contributes to its graduates at 10 years after enrollment.
  • Another Brookings report, published in April 2015, placed Scranton among the top 50 colleges in the nation based on its earning scale for alumni at mid-career level.
  • According to PayScale’s most recent salary report, Scranton is in the top 17% of universities listed by the median salaries of their alumni.
  • The University’s Center for Service and Social Justice has a roster of 2,850 students who perform well over 170,000 service hours each year.
  • Scranton is one of only 100 colleges and universities in the nation to be named to Templeton Foundation’s Honor Roll of Character-Building Colleges.
  • Scranton is among just 361 colleges in the nation, and one of only 24 colleges in Pennsylvania, to be named to the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in 2015.
  • The University was one of just 766 colleges in the nation named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2014, the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for their commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.
  • The University estimates that 1,788 jobs can be directly or indirectly attributed to our presence in the region.
  • Our students report spending a collective average of $1.1 million off campus each month.
  • Since 2004, the institution has hosted more than 5,400 community events, waiving more than $649,000 in room usage fees.
  • In recent years, the University has invested nearly $204 million in campus improvements, either completed or under way.
    • In 2011, Pilarz and Montrone Halls, which house nearly 400 upperclass students and a fitness center, opened.
    • The new Loyola Science Center was completed in two phases in 2011 and 2012.
    • Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, which houses the departments of physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science, was completed in August 2015.
  • The Scranton Small Business Development Center provided 470 consulting hours to 95 clients in the City in 2012-13 with ten businesses started, 61.5 jobs created and 11 saved – since 1997. Over 10,000 hours of small business consulting in the past 33 years.
  • Student, physician and nurse volunteers in the Leahy Clinic provide free healthcare services to Lackawanna County’s uninsured residents – 1,638 patient visits, with 593 of those visits new patient encounters in 2013-14.