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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.

National Recognition

  • The University was named a Best College for 2023 by U.S. News & World Report and has been among the 10 top master's universities in the North for 29 consecutive years. In the most recent edition, Scranton was No. 5 and was also recognized for  "Best Undergraduate Teaching" (No. 6).
  • In national rankings, U.S. News included Scranton among the nation’s "Best Undergraduate Programs in Accounting,"  “Best Undergraduate Business Programs, " “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” (where a doctorate is not offered), Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs; and  “Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs."
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  • The National League of Nursing named Scranton's nursing program a "Center of Excellence".
  • The Princeton Review has included Scranton among its Best Colleges  for the past 21 years.
  • Washington Monthly  ranked Scranton No. 47 among 603 master's universities in the nation for its contribution to the public good. The publication also ranked the college No. 39 for research, No. 52 for community and national service and No. 124 for social mobility.
  • For 18 consecutive years, the University's Kania School of Management has been included among The Princeton Review's Best Business Schools.
  • In the past six years, The Princeton Review has recognized the University as a  "Top Green College" for its commitment to sustainability and among the top 25 for :
    • Best Campus Food
    • Best Science Labs
    • Best College Dorms
    • Students Most Engaged in Community Service
    • Best-run Colleges
    • Students Love These Colleges
    • Everyone Plays Intramural Sports
    • Most Religious Students.
  • Forbes places Scranton on its 2022 list of "America's Top Colleges," marking the 14th year the university has made the list.
  • The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked Scranton among its  "Top U.S. Colleges" and recognized the University for student engagement and student outcomes.
  • The University is among the  "Best Catholic Colleges" according to:
    • Catholic Colleges: No. 14  Catholic college in the nation and  No. 3  in Pennsylvania.
    • College Factual: No. 17 in its 2022 list of “Best Colleges Affiliated as Roman Catholic Nationwide.”
    •  No. 24 in its list of 2023 Best Catholic Colleges in America.
    • College Choice: No. 23  on its list of Top Catholic Colleges and Universities in the nation.
  • The University ranked as one of the  26 Healthiest colleges  in the United States, according to a September 2016 listing posted on, 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

  • For the tenth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report  has listed Scranton  among the nation's "best values."
  • The University is listed among the 198 colleges in the nation included in the 11th edition of Barron's   Best Buys in College Education.
  • Forbes magazine has ranked Scranton as one of  America's Top Colleges for value  for 13 years.
  • MONEY magazine ranked Scranton among the nation's best values  for a college education. 
  • In 2016, Washington Monthly ranked Scranton No. 67 in its Best Bang for the Buck  listing.

Master's Recognition

  • In its 2023-2024  Best Graduate Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked several of Scranton's graduate programs among the top in the nation, including: 
    • rehabilitation counseling (36)
    • healthcare management (41)
    • nurse anesthesia (65)
    • occupational therapy (68)
    • physical therapy (137).
  • U.S. News also ranked two of our MBA Specialty programs among the top in the nation: accounting (18th) and business analytics (24th).
  • Scranton’s part-time MBA program ranked No. 120 in the nation. 

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  • U.S. News ranked Scranton 123rd in the nation for "Best Nursing Schools: Master's" and 134th for "Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice."
  • Our online Master of Accountancy degree is one of the top such programs in the United States. 
    • Fortune magazine ranked it No. 9 in the nation in its inaugural Best Master's in Accounting Programs for 2023.
    • ranked the degree No. 3 in the nation in 2022.
    • Best Colleges, an independent online higher education resource, ranked it  No. 1 in the nation in 2017.
  • Best Colleges ranked our online master's in health informatics No. 7 in the nation in 2023.
  • U.S. News & World Report's 2023  "Best Online Programs" ranked the University's online master's degree in business (excluding MBA) at No. 54 and its MBA program at No. 102 in the nation. Scranton ranked No. 72 in the country for “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans.”
  • Fortune ranked the University’s online MBA program at No. 62 in the nation in its 2022 ranking of the “Best Online MBAs.”
  • Our MBA program was ranked among the  top 15 in the nation for general management  by  Entrepreneur  magazine and The Princeton Review.
  • Our master's in health administration (MHA) program ranked No. 1 in the nation for full-time enrolled students in a list published by Modern Healthcare, a health care business weekly magazine, and our online MHA program was ranked No. 2 in the nation by College Choice.
  • Washington Monthly ranked Scranton No. 47 among master's universities in the nation for our graduates' contribution to social mobility, research and service.

Academic Excellence

  • Since 1972, 127 graduates of The University of Scranton have earned Fulbrights.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education has consistently listed the University among the "top producers" of Fulbright awards for American students.
  • In the last 15 years, Scranton students earned five Truman Scholarships, 12 Goldwater Scholarships and a Mitchell Scholarship.
  • Scranton's first-year retention rate is 88%. The average rate, nationally, for selective bachelor's/master's institutions is 81%. (Please note that the "average rate" is the average of the last four years.)
  • The University has earned accreditation from 16 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 12:1, and the average class size is 20.
  • 88% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees and 62% are tenured. Members of the faculty hold degrees from 289 different universities in 25 countries on five continents.
  • Carrying on a tradition that spans more than three decades, Scranton students from nearly every undergraduate degree program have studied abroad. Since 2015, students have studied in 37 different countries. A few hundred Scranton students study abroad each year.
  • The University's NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program has produced 44 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since 1981. In addition, 17 graduates have earned NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships since 1974.
  • The Classes of 2020 and 2021 completed both in-person and remote internships at 804 organizations in 28 different states, plus the District of Columbia, China, the Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Ireland, Palau, Panama, Peru and Vietnam.
  • Students from other countries have studied at the University for more than 50 years. Forty-four states and 23 foreign countries are represented in the University's student body

Successful Outcomes

  • 99% of the Class of 2021 were employed, continuing their education or engaging in service within one year of graduating.
  • The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce ranked The University of Scranton among the top 11% of colleges in the country for return on investment (ROI) 20 years after enrollment.
    • The analysis also showed "the median ROI of liberal arts colleges is nearly $200,000 higher than the median for all colleges."
  • Of the more than 1,200 applicants to doctoral health professions schools over the past 20 years, nearly 80% were accepted to schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, optometry and pharmacy. Our acceptance rates are consistently higher than the national acceptance rates.
  • Over the past eight years, 91% of graduating seniors have gained acceptance to one or more law schools. Students are accepted into some of the nation’s most prestigious schools, such as Boston College, Fordham, Notre Dame, the University of Pennsylvania and William and Mary.
  • Since 1983, a total of 614 Scranton graduates have chosen to spend a year or more in full-time volunteer service immediately after graduation. Of these alumni, 304 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 New York Times ranked Scranton 16th out of 578 selective private colleges for median student income at age 34.
  • 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 16% of universities listed by the median salaries of their alumni.

Commitment to Service

  • 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.

Economic Impact

  • The University created nearly $319.6 million in overall economic output according to data from an Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development impact study completed in 2018. 
  • On average, each student spends $36 per month dining out downtown
  • Community organizations held more than 10,000 events at the University since 2014.
  • The University partners regularly with local agencies to address community-identified needs through community-based learning, averaging about 100 courses.
  • The University engages with the local community through direct service, including programs run at the new Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., House on Clay Avenue.
  • In recent years, the University has invested more than $295 million in campus improvements, either completed or underway.
    • 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 dedicated in September 2015.
    • The Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Athletics Campus, the $14 million, 11-acre home for the University’s soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball and softball Division III NCAA teams, was dedicated in May 2018.
  • The Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provided 992 consulting hours to 163 clients in the City of Scranton in 2019 with a total of more than 14,000 hours in the past 40 years.
  • Student, physician and nurse volunteers in the Leahy Clinic provide free health care services to Lackawanna County's uninsured residents -- 1,039 patients in 2019. 
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