University of Scranton

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800 Linden Street

Scranton, PA 18510-4694

Phone: (570) 941-7400
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#8 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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University of Scranton is a private institution that was founded in 1888. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,041, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 58 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Scranton's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 8. Its tuition and fees are $38,754 (2013-14).

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

A Jesuit and Catholic institution in Pennsylvania's Pocono northeast region, The University of Scranton is known for its personal approach to education, one in which individuals are respected and cherished for their unique talents, aspirations and vocations. Founded in 1888, Scranton offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate academic programs of study through four colleges and schools. Scranton's 61 undergraduate programs of study will match your interests and prepare you to meet the future with confidence. Scranton also offers 45 minors, 28 concentrations and tracks, 10 combined bachelor's and master's programs, 25 master's degree programs and a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Each year Scranton selects approximately 50 of the most qualified freshmen to join the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program (SJLA). As an alternative approach to satisfying general education requirements, this unique, four-year program pairs selected students with designated faculty in a curriculum that is deeply rooted in philosophy and dedicated to serving the common good. Open to students from all majors, our Business Leadership Honors Program allows students to explore basic theories and concepts of leadership through special seminars and courses in management, ethics, strategy and analysis. This highly selective program accepts 15 sophomores each spring. Open to all majors, the Honors Program each year accepts between 40 and 50 of our most able sophomores, giving them the opportunity to take seminars together and to work one-on-one with professors both in tutorials and on projects. Of the 522 senior applicants to health professions schools over the last 13 years, an average of 78% were accepted. Over the past six years, nearly 300 graduates have received acceptance into law schools from more than 70 schools, including some of the nation's most prestigious. Since 1972, Scranton students have received 139 Fulbrights and other prestigious international fellowships. The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Scranton among the "top producers" of Fulbright awards for American students for eight consecutive years. Scranton is one of six Jesuit universities to be cited. In the past 11 years, students have earned six Truman Scholarships and 11 Goldwater Scholarships. During that time, six students were also named to USA Today's All-USA College Academic Team. Students are supported by the Office of Fellowship Programs. Since 2003, the University has invested more than $237 million in campus improvements. These new facilities include a 118,000-square-foot campus center, a 386-bed sophomore residence hall and football field-sized campus green. The new 200,000-square-foot Loyola Science Center was completed in two phases in 2011 and 2012. Pilarz and Montrone halls, an apartment and fitness complex opened in fall 2011, provide a new and expanded fitness center, dining options and apartments for nearly 400 juniors and seniors. In addition to being ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the 10 finest master's universities in the North for 19 consecutive years, Scranton's other national rankings include "best campus food" "healthiest," "friendliest," "best values in private colleges," "best buys in college education," "great schools at a great price," and "strong commitment to teaching." For the past 11 years, The Princeton Review has included Scranton among its "377 Best Colleges." As recognized by the highly selective Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement, Scranton students are committed to service, performing more than 175,000 hours of volunteer service each year and increasingly choosing to devote time to volunteering after graduation.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1888
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $125,153,952


When applying to University of Scranton, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.8 percent and an early acceptance rate of 81.7 percent.

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

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 68.8%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Scranton is 11:1, and the school has 49 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Scranton include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Human Services, General; and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 88.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 76%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 9%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%
Human Services, General 5%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5%

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Student Life

University of Scranton has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,041, with a gender distribution of 45.1 percent male students and 54.9 percent female students. At this school, 64 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 36 percent of students live off campus. University of Scranton is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,898
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

University of Scranton offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Scranton 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, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Scranton, 18 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Scranton.

Students who have cars on campus 18%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Scranton, 72.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,626.

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Tuition and fees $38,754 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,186 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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