University of Success

About Us

The University of Success is a pre-college program designed to provide academic, social, and cultural enrichment to high school students. Since the program is funded almost entirely by corporate and foundation grants, there is no charge to students and their families. The ultimate goal of this program is to assist participating students to successfully complete high school and gain entrance into a college or university. The University of Success helps students achieve this goal through a variety of activities and services from their current grade until they graduate from high school. Many Success students choose to apply and continue their education at The University of Scranton!


For admission information to The University of Success Program, please click here.


For any questions regarding the program, please contact: 

Margaret Loughney
University of Success
The University of Scranton
800 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510

Or call: 570-941-4377

  • Our Historyplus or minus

    The University of Success was founded in 1996 in response to the growing trend of lower graduation rates and stagnant college enrollment rates for young people who are often underserved or underrepresented in the higher education process. Through creative and innovative programming and services, this early intervention program aims to encourage and motivate students to expand their horizons to include the goal of attending college, an aspiration that many of the students and their families may not have thought possible.

  • Student Qualificationsplus or minus

    To qualify for admission to the University of Success, a student must be in the eighth grade and meet at least three (3) of the following qualifications:

    1. 1. Student is a potential first generation college student in his/her family
    2. 2. Student's family is economically disadvantaged
    3. 3. Student's cultural background is underrepresented in higher education
    4. 4. Student shows strong academic ability and is recognized by the guidance staff as having the potential to pursue higher education
    5. 5. Student must attend a public school
  • University of Scranton Collaboratorsplus or minus

    Counseling and Human Resources - Gerianne Barber
    The Education Department  - Dr. Maria Oreshkina
    Exercise Physiology - Dr. Paul Cutrufello
    Financial Aid Department - William Burke and Margaret Hynosky
    The Art Department - Dr. Miller-Lanning
    The Communication Department  - Mary Beth Holmes
    Admissions - Melissa Bevacqua
    Biology Department - Dr. Terrance Sweeney, Dr. Maria Squire, Tara Fay, and Renee Giovagnoli
    Physics Department - Dr. Nicholas Truncale and Dr. Declan Mulhall
    Director of Sustainability - Mark Murphy

  • Summer Programsplus or minus

    Students begin the University of Success program by attending a two-week residential summer academy. They live, eat, sleep, attend classes, and participate in recreational and social activities on the University of Scranton campus. The summer program provides hands-on experiences and field trips designed to engage the students in creative thinking, problem solving, and communication through activities that expose students to concepts in mathematics, physics, biology, space exploration, environmental science and earth science.

  • Saturday Sessionsplus or minus

    After completing the summer residential program students are required to attend one Saturday session each month. These sessions are often taught by University faculty. Topics include SAT prep, study skills, computer skills, language skills, college planning, career planning and other topics of value and interest to students, such as art appreciation and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities.

  • Tutoringplus or minus

    Success students' grades are monitored and students and/or their parents may request a tutor. Individual tutoring is provided as needed by University of Scranton student mentors.

  • Mentorsplus or minus

    Success students meet with a mentor in small groups of three or four as part of the Saturday sessions to discuss school concerns, career planning, and college planning. Mentors also often accompany students on field trips. Undergraduate students who are Education majors at the University of Scranton volunteer to serve as mentors.

  • Parent Programsplus or minus

    The University of Success provides support for the parents of participating students. Twice a year, parents are invited to The University of Scranton, where they hear presentations on college planning, financial aid and parenting skills.

  • Donor Acknowledgementplus or minus

    Our Funding Partners:

    The University of Scranton
    Wells Fargo
    Frueauff Foundation
    Overlook Foundation
    Fidelity Bank
    Dime Bank
    Medico Industries
    Peoples SecurityBank & Trust
    Waste Management
    The Kuehner Family Foundation