Keystone College

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La Plume, PA 18440

Phone: (570) 945-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jun. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#43 Overall Score: 24 out of 100. Regional Colleges (North)

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Keystone College is a private institution that was founded in 1868. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,670, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 270 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Keystone College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 43. Its tuition and fees are $21,200 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Keystone College is a private, co-ed, residential college located in the Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1868, Keystone College educates students in a liberal arts tradition that values civility, integrity, and curiosity, fostering a global perspective on cultural diversity, environmental sustainability, and life-long learning.
Voted as the region's "Most Beautiful Campus," Keystone has a diverse student body; over 1650 students from 14 states and 12 countries studying one of the many academic programs available online, on campus, and on the weekend.
With a 11:1 Student/Faculty ratio, we have a reputation for creating a caring and supportive environment dedicated to our students' needs. Students can prepare for leadership and broaden their educational experiences through athletics, global learning opportunities, an extensive career development center, countless student activities, and clubs and organizations.
Keystone College offers all first-year students "The Keystone Promise" which is a guarantee, in writing, for student success. The Promise is made up of six individual promises including a guarantee for real world work experience and guaranteed job offers within six months of graduation for students who fulfill the requirements of the Career Development Center.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1868
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $6,740,723


When applying to Keystone College, it's important to note the application deadline is June 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Keystone College is $30. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.2%
Application deadline June 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Keystone College is 11:1, and the school has 74.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Keystone College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 29%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Education 19%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 12%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 9%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 8%

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Student Life

Keystone College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,670, with a gender distribution of 40.6 percent male students and 59.4 percent female students. At this school, 29 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 71 percent of students live off campus. Keystone College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,683
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Keystone College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, and health insurance. Keystone College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Keystone College, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Keystone College.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Keystone College, 86 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,837.

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Tuition and fees $21,200 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,800 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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