Facts About Us


Founded in 1888 as Saint Thomas College by the Most Reverend William G. O’Hara, D.D., Scranton’s first bishop, Scranton achieved university status in 1938 and was entrusted to the care of the Society of Jesus in 1942.

Mission Statement

The University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit university animated by the spiritual vision and the tradition of excellence characteristic of the Society of Jesus and those who share its way of proceeding. The University is a community dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and personal development fundamental to the growth in wisdom and integrity of all who share its life.


The student population, including undergraduate, adult, part-time and graduate students, is 5,589. About 87 percent of full-time freshmen live on campus.

Schools and Colleges
(Year Established)
Fall 2014
College of Arts and Sciences (1888) 1,686
College of Graduate and Continuing Education (2006)
(Graduate Programs since 1951; Part-time Programs since 1923)
Arthur J. Kania School of Management (1978) 814
J.A. Panuska, S.J., College of Professional Studies (1987) 1,349
Total 5,589
Undergraduate Students 3,998
Men 1,722 (43%)
Women 2,276 (57%)
Full-Time Traditional Graduate Students 664
Men 266 (40%)
Women 398 (60%)
Primary States of Origin (Full-time Undergraduates)
Pennsylvania 38%
New Jersey 29%
New York 24%
Other 9%

Academic Programs

Bachelor's Degree Programs 66
Master's Degree Programs 26
Minors 44
Undergraduate Concentrations/Tracks 38
Doctor of Physical Therapy 1


88% of Scranton’s instructional faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their fields. The student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. The average class size is 21 students. 

Full-Time Faculty
Men 178 (59%)
Women 122 (41%)
Jesuits 7 (2%)
Tenured Faculty
202 (67%)


There are more than 46,000 alumni worldwide.  Visit the Alumni website at www.scranton.edu/alumni.


Since 2008, the University has invested nearly $204 million in campus improvements, either completed or under way. In 2011, Pilarz and Montrone Halls, which house nearly 400 upperclass students  and a fitness center, opened. The new Loyola Science Center was completed in two phases in 2011 and 2012. A new $47.5 million center for rehabilitation education is scheduled for completion in 2015.


Situated off Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Northeast region, The University of Scranton is easily reached by car and air. Driving time to New York City, Philadelphia and Syracuse is just two hours, with Boston and Washington, D.C., less than five hours away.


The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library holds 633,035 volumes (of which 203,507 are full-text online books) and 22,544 non-print items and 9,085 streaming media programs. It is the leading academic library in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The library has an integrated online catalog with a discovery layer that enables users to find books and journal in a single search, 135 online databases, 50,026 journals print and online and 24/7 chat reference, as well as texting, and IM Ask-A-Librarian assistance. There are 100 Internet workstations in the library, iPads and Android tablets that can be borrowed overnight and laptops loaned for use in the building. In the Pro Deo Room and Reilly Learning Commons, 55 computers are available 24 hours a day. The University Archives and Special Collections houses University historical records, rare books, faculty publications and other special collections.


Scranton sponsors 18 NCAA Division III (non-scholarship) athletic programs – nine for men and nine for women. The University is a member of the Landmark Conference in 16 of the 18 sports it sponsors. The University is a member of the Empire 8 Conference in the sport of men’s golf, and the wrestling team competes as an independent. In addition, more than 3,000 students are involved in recreational sports and intramurals, including leagues, tournaments and weekend special events.

Community Resources

Events Calendar:

Events and Information Line:
(570) 941-7768

The Hope Horn Gallery presents art exhibits, hosts guest speakers and conducts gallery workshops with local school and community groups. For information, visit www.scranton.edu/gallery.

The University of Scranton Players produce theatrical works during the year in conjunction with the academic Theatre Program. Their productions run the gambit from classical to contemporary. For information visit thescrantonplayers.com.

Performance Music presents or performs an array of concerts, recitals, guest performances and masterclasses. Performances are open to the public and are free of charge.For information, visit www.scranton.edu/music.

The Schemel Forum, a not-for-credit continuing education program that had its beginnings in 2006 has evolved into a robust educational/cultural program that attracts educated adults from Northeastern Pennsylvania. It is a program that on the one hand permits the University to share its most valuable assetsits faculty—with the community and on the other, as one speaker noted, “brings the world to Scranton.”  For information, visit www.scranton.edu/schemelforum.


Tuition, 2014-15
Undergraduate $39,556
Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for details.
Graduate $913/credit
Room and Board, 2014-15
Room and Board $13,566
Fees $400

Finances FY2014-2015

Budgeted Operating Revenue $213,321,313
Budget Operating Expenditures$213,321,313 $213,321,313
(Market value as of 5/31/14) 

Financial Aid for 2014-15

The average freshman aid package was $28,216 (exclusive of parent and private loans)

Of the freshman aid applicants who were enrolled for the fall semester, 96% were offered funding from University scholarships and need-based grants.