Facts About Us
Founded in 1888 as Saint Thomas College by the Most Reverend William G. O’Hara, D.D., Scranton’s first bishop, Scranton achieved university status in 1938 and was entrusted to the care of the Society of Jesus in 1942.
The University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit university animated by the spiritual vision and the tradition of excellence characteristic of the Society of Jesus and those who share its way of proceeding. The University is a community dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and personal development fundamental to the growth in wisdom and integrity of all who share its life.
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.
- Our Accreditations
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
American Chemical Society
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Council for Standards in Human Service Education
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Council on Rehabilitation Education
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
The student population, including undergraduate, adult, part-time and graduate students, is approximately 5,900. About 86 percent of full-time freshmen live on campus.
|Schools and Colleges
|College of Arts and Sciences (1888)||1,802|
|College of Graduate and Continuing Education (2006)
(Graduate Programs since 1951; Part-time Programs since 1923)
|Arthur J. Kania School of Management (1978)||827|
|J.A. Panuska, S.J., College of Professional Studies (1987)||1,256|
|Full-Time Traditional Graduate Students||610|
|Primary States of Origin (Full-time Undergraduates)|
|Bachelor's Degree Programs||61|
|Master's Degree Programs||25|
|Doctor of Physical Therapy||1|
85% of Scranton’s instructional faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their fields. The student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. The average class size is approximately 20* students. (*Average size undergraduate lecture sections fall 2012)
Scranton’s more than 45,000 graduates are all members of the Alumni Society, which has 20 clubs worldwide. Visit the Alumni website at www.scranton.edu/alumni.
Since 2003, we've invested more than $285 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.
Situated off Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Northeast region, The University of Scranton is easily reached by car and air. Driving time to New York City, Philadelphia and Syracuse is just two hours, with Boston and Washington, D.C., less than five hours away.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library holds 512,891 volumes and 21,285 non-print items. It is the leading academic library in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The library has an integrated online catalog with a discovery layer that enables users to find books and journal in a single search, 150 online databases, 45,972 journals print and online, 82,254 full-text books online and 24/7 chat reference, as well as texting, and IM Ask-A-Librarian assistance. There are 88 Internet workstations in the library, iPads that can be borrowed overnight and laptops loaned for use in the building. In the Pro Deo Room and 24-hour study space, 43 computers are available 24 hours a day. The University Archives and Special Collections houses University historical records, rare books, faculty publications and other special collections.
Events and Information Line:
The Hope Horn Gallery presents art exhibits, hosts guest speakers and conducts gallery workshops with local school and community groups. For information, visit www.scranton.edu/gallery.
The University Players offer a variety of Academic Theatre Program-produced plays that are presented to the community at a nominal charge. For information, visit
Performance Music presents or performs an array of concerts, recitals and guest performances. Performances are open to the public and are free of charge. For information, visit www.scranton.edu/music.
The Schemel Forum is a program of participatory learning experiences aimed at cultivating the intellect and the imagination through discussion of classical texts and current policies, from the arts, history and philosophy to technology and theology. For information, visit www.scranton.edu/schemelforum.
|Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for details.|
|Room and Board, 2011-12|
|University Residences||$7,500 - $8,718|
|University Meal Plans||$3,700 - $5,504|
|Budgeted Operating Revenue||$193,081,486|
|Budget Operating Expenditures||$193,081,486|
(Market value as of 5/31/11)
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Full-time Freshmen (2012-13)
95% of aid applicants received University scholarships and grants
Average Freshman Aid Package (2012-13)
$25,338 (exclusive of parent and private loans)