Area Colleges Survey Students on Downtown Spending & Perceptions


Earlier this year, the eight colleges and universities in Lackawanna County surveyed students regarding their perceptions and patronage of downtown Scranton venues for dining, shopping, cultural events and entertainment. The survey is aimed at stimulating conversation on ways the downtown merchants can increase business with the college market segment and ways the colleges and universities can encourage students to participate in events downtown.

Based on the survey, the 14,026 students of the eight colleges in Lackawanna County report spending an average total of more than $3.6 million monthly in the local economy.  $1.4 million of that can be attributed to University of Scranton students.  

View the full Executive Summary

View the Survey presentation

Learn more about University of Scranton initiatives undertaken to spur collaboration with downtown businesses.  

The Universities and Colleges that participated in the survey include: 

Baptist Bible College & Seminary
Johnson College
Keystone College
Lackawanna College
Marywood University
Penn State Worthington Scranton
The Commonwealth Medical College
The University of Scranton

Community Partners:

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
Scranton Tomorrow

(Photo Courtesy of Eileen Barrett Notarianni)