Points of Pride

National Recognition

  • For 20 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" guidebook has ranked the University among the 10 top master's universities in the North, the survey's largest and most competitive region. In the 2014 edition of "Best Colleges," Scranton placed 8th in the North. U.S. News also ranked the University among America’s “up and coming” school to watch. Scranton was among just 61 universities in the nation recognized for making “the most promising and innovative changes in area of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.”
  • The University's MBA program is among the top 15 in the nation for general management according to a national ranking of business schools published by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.
  • For the past 13 years, The Princeton Review has included Scranton among its “Best Colleges.”  In the 2015 edition, Scranton  was also included as one of the top 20 "Best-Run Colleges" by The Princeton Review.

.The University of Scranton was included in three of The Princeton Review’s “Best 376 Colleges” rankings, including “Best Campus Food” (12) and “Most Religious Students (19).

  • 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.
  • For seven consecutive years, Scranton has ranked among the nation’s elite universities included in Forbes magazine’s online listing of “America’s Best Colleges.” In the 2015 edition, the magazine ranked Scranton No. 265 among the 650 universities in the nation selected. The University is among 25 Jesuit institutions and 39 colleges in Pennsylvania to make the national ranking.
  • Scranton is among just 119 colleges in the nation named to the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in 2008.
  • 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 is listed among the 198 colleges in the nation included in the 11th edition of Barron’s “Best Buys 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.”
  • The University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012, the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for their commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. Just 513 colleges in the nation and 45 institutions from Pennsylvania were named to the 2012 President’s Community Service Honor Roll.
  • For nine consecutive years, the University’s Kania School of Management has been included among The Princeton Review’s “Best 296 Business Schools.”
  • GI Jobs has listed Scranton among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the nation as a Military Friendly School.
  • "Don’t go to Harvard, but to the business school at The University of Scranton. That’s where they are changing lives.” Peter F. Drucker, The “Father of Modern Management” Source: The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 11, 2005.

Academic Excellence

  • Since 1972, 148 graduates of The University of Scranton have earned Fulbrights or other prestigious international fellowships.
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  • For the past nine 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 17 “Master’s Institutions” in the nation making The Chronicle's list for the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • In the last 10 years, Scranton students earned five Truman Scholarships and 10 Goldwater Scholarships.
  • In the past 10 years, six students were named to USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team.
  • Scranton’s average fall-to-fall freshman retention rate is 90%. 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 38% above the national average
  • Scranton 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 approximately 20. 
  • 89% 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. Several 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 418 organizations in 10 different states. Students participate in both credit and non-credit internship experiences.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Successful Outcomes

  • Ninety-five percent of the class of 2013 was employed, pursuing graduate or professional studies, or volunteering full time within six months of graduation.
  • Of the 600 senior applicants to health professions schools over the last 14 years, an average of 79% 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 493 University of Scranton graduates have chosen full-time volunteer service over employment. A total of 247 of these Scranton graduates have volunteered with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Economic Impact

  • 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 $1.4 million off campus each month and since 2004, the institution has hosted more than 5,000 community events, waiving more than $539,000 in room usage fees.
  • Since 2008, 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. A new $47.5 million center for rehabilitation education is scheduled for completion in 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 – 1,679 patients in 2012-13.