Scranton Ranked on 'Friendliest Colleges' List

In an article published by The Huffington Post, The University of Scranton was ranked as one of the friendliest colleges in the country, noting its sense of community and welcoming campus.

The University of Scranton can add a new title to its list of national recognitions: one of the friendliest colleges in the country. Last week, The Huffington Post published an article titled "The FRIENDLIEST Colleges," ranking the eight most pleasant universities, which included Scranton.

"Sure, we all obsess over which college has the best food or academic decathlon team, but how about considering a more basic question – are the students here nice to each other?" asked the author. The article added "friendliness is a great quality in a student population, and something that can really affect your college experience."

The article touts Scranton's sense of community, welcoming campus atmosphere, and thriving campus ministry program. To view "The FRIENDLIEST Colleges" article, click here.

Among the other institutions recognized were Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.), Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, Mo.), Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio), Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, Neb.), Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) and Haverford College (Haverford, outside of Philadelphia).

The article received several comments on The Huffington Post website, including posts from University of Scranton alumni:

"As a Scranton alum, I am proud of the school's mention on this list. When I went for my tour when applying to the "U", I can remember almost every person walking passed us said hi and it's a great school. The freshman pre-orient­ation was an amazing experience with every Orientatio­n Aide sincerely doing their best to make our first experience on campus a memorable one. I loved the closeness of the school, and without frats and sororities it wasn't as cliquey as other campuses. I spent three years as an Orientatio­n Aide and loved every second. I have been out for 17 years and am so happy to know the tradition continues!" – posted by Cara DePalma '94.

"I chose (The) University of Scranton over far more "selective­" schools where I had been accepted, in part because it felt so friendly and all of the alumni I spoke with were so enthusiast­ic about it. I received a tremendous and very challengin­g education, met some great lifelong friends, and even ended up working there for five years after graduation­, I love it so much. I'm glad that it has been recognized for the tremendous­ly friendly community it is." – posted by Tim Gallen '96, G'01.

Following the article's release, we asked on the University's Facebook page, "Hey Alumni, what makes Scranton so friendly?" Among the comments we received were:

"I remember a class president from several years ago said at commencement 'Scranton is the kind of place where someone will hold the door open for you even if you're still 20 feet away.'" – posted by Ken Sandrowicz '03.

"LOVE ... the kindness at Scranton ... noticed it immediately ♥" – 
posted by Barbara Daley Aube, Parent '13.