Freshmen Involved in Reflective Service Together

Dear Members of the Class of 2024,

Welcome to The University of Scranton! In keeping with our Jesuit identity, we work toward incorporating the values of St. Ignatius Loyola in all aspects of daily life. Living up to this goal gives us a desire to be "men and women for and with others," which fosters a yearning not only to help those in need but also to be an agent for change.

With this in mind, we would like to invite you to take part in an exciting service immersion program - F.I.R.S.T.: First years Involved in Reflective Service Together. Forty incoming first year students will be given the opportunity to participate in five days of service in the Scranton community immediately preceding Fall Welcome. Types of service include working with elementary school children, nursing home residents, a soup kitchen and food pantry. We will have speakers from the National Coalition on Homelessness as well. In the evening, we will stay at the University's beautiful Retreat Center at Chapman Lake. A team of 10 Scranton students will lead F.I.R.S.T., with a staff chaperone.

The program runs Monday, August 24th through Saturday, August 29th. If you will be living on campus, you will move all of your belongings into your residence hall on Monday morning and have a few hours to set up your room before we leave for Chapman Lake around 4pm. Everyone will return to campus on Saturday morning, in time for Fall Welcome activities.

We look forward to meeting you as the beginning of your college experience grows near!


Pat Vaccaro
Director, Center for Service and Social Justice

Application Information

All incoming freshmen have the opportunity to apply for the F.I.R.S.T. (Freshmen Involved in Reflective Service Together) Program, five days of service in the Scranton area from August 24-29. The program concludes on the morning of August 29, in time for students to attend Fall Welcome activities.

There are limited spaces in the F.I.R.S.T. program and there is high interest in the program. The application for F.I.R.S.T. will be open for one week, and then 20 incoming first-year female students and 20 incoming first-year male students who have completed the application will be selected by random lottery. These selected students will be given one week to complete the registration form and payment. The registration process has not opened yet for 2020. An email will be sent from the Admissions Office with instructions in late May.