Carnegie Classification

About The Carnegie Classification

Since 1970, The Carnegie Classification has been a framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education. Carnegie Classifications are derived from analysis of data on colleges and universities. The first Carnegie Classification was originally published in 1973, and updated in 1976, 1987, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015 to reflect changes among colleges and universities. The Carnegie Classification is not a ranking of institutions, rather a way for institutions to be grouped into categories based on similar data profiles. One of the main data points is the number of degrees granted by degree type (for example, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral).

Recent revisions to the Carnegie Classification included the addition of an elective Community Engagement classification, and five other classification profiles in addition the "basic" classification.

Read more about the Carnegie Classification here.

The University of Scranton's Carnegie Classification

The University of Scranton holds the "Master's - Larger Programs" basic classification. This 2015 classification is derived from the number of degrees granted at the master's level, drawing from 2013-2014 IPEDS data. Institutions granting more than 200 master's degrees are included in this category. Although the University of Scranton does grant doctoral degrees, these are of the Professional Practice type (as defined by federal IPEDS defintions, and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education).  This particular type of degree is not included in the Carnegie methodology, which focuses in Doctoral Degrees in the Research/Scholarship IPEDS category.

The University also holds the elective Community Engagement Classification.

The table below lists the full details of the University's classification.

University of Scranton

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Level 4-year or above
Control Private not-for-profit
Student Population 5,589
Classification Category
Basic Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Undergraduate Instructional Program: Balanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program: Postbaccalaureate: Business-dominant, with Arts & Sciences
Enrollment Profile: High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile: Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
Size and Setting: Four-year, medium, highly residential