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Student Life

Prepare to Engage

Scranton has a rich tradition of fostering an experience in which students, both residential and commuter, get involved. Student Life is vibrant and varied, from ministries-based programs and leadership initiatives to student-run activities, clubs and organizations.

Events Calendar

Our students plan more than 900 events each year, creating a full campus calendar each and every week.

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Living on Campus

You’re going to live comfortably here with options ranging from traditional residences for first-year students, to suite-style housing for sophomores, to apartments for juniors and seniors.


A 24/7 College Experience


Clubs & Organizations

Students can choose from more than 80 active clubs and organizations—from Urban Beats Crew, to rugby, to Habitat for Humanity.

Center for Student Engagement


Best Campus Food

You're going to eat well here - in the Princeton Review’s 2023 list of “Best Campus Food,” The University of Scranton ranked No. 25 nationally.

Dining Locations


Community Service Hours

Each year, Scranton students serve 170,000 hours domestically and internationally, working with 120 non-profit organizations.

The Center For Service And Social Justice
Sports & Fitness
Sports & Fitness

Scranton students are active—more than 1,500 are involved in recreational sports and intramurals and the University fields 23 intercollegiate teams at the NCAA Division III level.

Express Yourself
Express Yourself

Our students are surrounded by the arts and a commitment to culture. Whether you’re a writer, musician, singer, actor or dancer, you’ll find ways to express yourself.

Music & The Arts
Take Part & Lead
Take Part & Lead

Our students find may opportunities to develop leadership skills. Through experiences geared towards personal & professional development, they become capable, confident, lifelong leaders.

Leadership Development

Student Perspectives

John Nelson '24 (Computer Engineering and Philosophy) headshot

At Scranton, I've become a better communicator, volunteer and friend. From leading retreats and music in Campus Ministry, to competing in robotics competitions, the opportunities to grow as a person and caring individual at The University of Scranton are endless."

John Nelson '24 (Computer Engineering and Philosophy) headshot
John Nelson '24 (Computer Engineering and Philosophy)
Luis Vasquez, '23 G'25 (Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling) headshot

Student life has helped me cultivate professional skills including the ability to manage a team, create, lead, and promote events, as well as hone my interpersonal skills. My experiences have helped me develop into the person I am; my work here has given me the confidence to advocate for myself and others in professional spaces."

Luis Vasquez, '23 G'25 (Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling) headshot
Luis Vasquez, '23 G'25 (Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling)
Ava Pappalardo '25 (Occupational Therapy) headshot

The Peer Health Education program has allowed me to incorporate my passion of health and well-being into a fulfilling leadership position. This position contributed to my transformative education not only in terms of academics but also with respect to event development, research, adaptability, responsibility and understanding of group dynamics."

Ava Pappalardo '25 (Occupational Therapy) headshot
Ava Pappalardo '25 (Occupational Therapy)
Madeline Ortiz '24 (Criminal Justice) headshot

Student life helped me to establish a close-knit community with people I love. The University of Scranton has helped me create memories that I will forever cherish!"

Madeline Ortiz '24 (Criminal Justice) headshot
Madeline Ortiz '24 (Criminal Justice)
Thomas Elias '25 (Philosophy and Theology/Religious Studies) headshot

I'm very grateful for the time I spend with my friends engaging in our campus community through clubs and events. It's a great way to have fun while branching out! I'm still forming new friendships in my senior year."

Thomas Elias '25 (Philosophy and Theology/Religious Studies) headshot
Thomas Elias '25 (Philosophy and Theology/Religious Studies)
Joseph Agnone '25 (Biology and Philosophy) headshot

My experience as a Resident Assistant, Student Senator, and member of multiple clubs has radically transformed what it means to be a citizen and given me tools I can implement as a future physician. I've learned to embrace adversity and peer collaboration!"

Joseph Agnone '25 (Biology and Philosophy) headshot
Joseph Agnone '25 (Biology and Philosophy)
Janice Lisman '25 (Biology) headshot

My experiences at the University have allowed me to become a better version of myself. They have allowed me to grow both as a student and a person, and I have gained many valuable skills such as public speaking, communicating with others, and teamwork."

Janice Lisman '25 (Biology) headshot
Janice Lisman '25 (Biology)
Vanessa Moylan '24 (Business Administration) headshot

Opportunities within Student Life have been a major part of my Scranton journey and have shaped my personal and professional development in ways I could have never imagined as a first-generation student. The experience I received these last four years is quite unmatched!"

Vanessa Moylan '24 (Business Administration) headshot
Vanessa Moylan '24 (Business Administration)

Diversity & Inclusion

The University community is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, recognizing it as an integral aspect of our Catholic and Jesuit identity, mission, and tradition. We recognize the dignity of each and every human person, to work together in building a truly just society, and to live lives of faith, hope and love.



Health & Wellness

Attention to wellness gives you a more positive outlook, which helps you to positively influence,others. A healthy, balanced life; it’s the way to a better education, a better career, a better you.

Campus Ministry

The Office of Campus Ministry is the heart and soul of our campus! Everyone is welcome at our spirit-filled masses and prayer services. Our amazing weekend getaways to our retreat center at Chapman Lake offer a break from studies, a chance to think about where you’ve been and where you’re going, and have fun with friends.


A Great Place to Call Home

  • The City of Scranton

    The City of Scranton

    Scranton is the 6th largest city in Pennsylvania and a vibrant college town, home to five colleges and universities. Students can take advantage of the many entertainment and recreational options of downtown Scranton and the surrounding area.

    Scranton Tomorrow
  • The Electric City

    The Electric City

    Known as the Electric City—we were the first U.S. city to have an electric-powered streetcar—Scranton today finds its energy from many other sources, namely our popular coffeehouses, eateries, festivals, minor-league sports teams and a well-known Office, Dunder Mifflin.

    La Festa Italiana, held annually on Labor Day Weekend, is a 4-day celebration of culture, cuisine, and music that attracts over 100,000 people to downtown Scranton..

  • Get Outdoors

    Get Outdoors

    Scranton is located in the Pocono Northeast, a scenic area and a mecca for outdoor activities, from hiking, biking and fishing to skating, skiing and snow tubing.

    Discover NEPA
  • Centrally Located

    Centrally Located

    With major metropolitan areas as close as two hours away, students can pursue valuable internship opportunities with many of the world’s leading companies and organizations.

  • Music in the Mountains

    Music in the Mountains

    Not only is the Pavilion at Montage Mountain one of the premier music venues in Pennsylvania, it also has spectacular views with the surrounding mountains offering something of a spectacle.

    Venue Information
  • Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins

    Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins

    The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, and are the AHL affiliates of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Official Team Website
  • SWB Railriders

    SWB Railriders

    Catch a game at PNC Field, a 10,000-seat minor league baseball stadium just five miles from campus. The field is home to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, a minor league baseball team of the Triple-A East and the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

    Railriders Website
  • Ski Montage Mountain

    Ski Montage Mountain

    Montage Mountain ski area is located 8 miles from downtown Scranton. It has 140 skiable acres, 27 trails, two terrain parks, and one of Pennsylvania's longest snow tubing areas. With easy-going beginner terrain and the best expert slopes in PA, there's something for everyone.

    Resort Information
  • Broadway in Scranton

    Broadway in Scranton

    Presented in the historic Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, Broadway in Scranton has been bringing pre and post Broadway tours to Lackawanna County since its inception in 1959. See the best that Broadway has to offer in an intimate setting at a fraction of the cost.

    Upcoming Shows
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