University of Scranton

800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510-4629

School Details

The University of Scranton is a private Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The University of Scranton has four colleges including the Kania School of Management, The College of Arts and Sciences, The Panuska College of Professional Studies and The College of Graduate and Continuing Education. Founded in 1888 by the first bishop of Scranton, the Most Rev. William O’Hara, as the St. Thomas College. In 1938, St. Thomas College became the University of Scranton. Originally the Diocese of Scranton ran the university, but in 1942, at the request of Bishop William Joseph Hafey, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) stepped in to take charge. At the University of Scranton, students can earn degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level, in addition to certificates. The University of Scranton is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Scranton has 4,069 total undergraduates with 1,050 freshmen. In addition to their undergraduate enrollment, the university also has about 2,000 graduate students. The university has a retention rate of 88 percent of students returning for their sophomore year. The University of Scranton is recognized as a fairly selective university admitting 72 percent of applicants. About 77 percent of students graduate from the university within six years. The average age of students is 20 years old. The vast majority of students are full-time; however, three percent of the student body is part-time. The gender ratio is fairly split at the University of Scranton with 55 percent female students and 45 percent male students. Additionally, the in-state and out of state student ratio is about even with 56 percent of students from out of state and 44 percent of students from in-state. Eighty percent of students identify as Caucasian. The rest of the student body is broken down into seven percent of students identifying as Hispanic, two percent of students identifying as Asian and two percent of students identifying as African American.  

As a private university, the University of Scranton’s tuition is the same for both in and out of state students.  Students at the University of Scranton have several financial aid options available to them. These options include tuition payment plans, Federal Financial Aid, scholarships, grants and several others.  While 81 percent of students applied for need-based aid, 87 percent of students were judged to have need and were offered aid. About nine percent of those students with need had their full need met. In total, 67 percent of financial aid was met. 

The University of Scranton offers several online options to students in addition to their traditional degree options. The University of Scranton’s online degree options are offered through graduate programs. Students can earn their master’s or doctorate online in areas such as Occupational Therapy, Counseling, Education and several others. Students who wish to earn their master’s degree must complete an average of 36 graduate credits. The University of Scranton offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy, which is designed to take about three years to complete with an average of 116.5 credit hours. Students should keep in mind that individual programs may have extra credit requirements. 

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School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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