The University of Scranton, located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is a private Catholic and Jesuit university. Established in 1888, the University of Scranton’s founder was the Most Reverend William G. O’Hara, DD, Scranton’s first bishop. Established as the Saint Thomas College, originally, Scranton achieved university status in 1938 and was put under the care of the Society of Jesus in 1942. Known for its academic quality, beautiful and technology-rich campus and strong sense of community, the University of Scranton sits on a 58-acre campus, located in the heart of Scranton. Spirituality is at the center of the university’s mission and the school follows the Jesuit method of education.
Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1927, the University of Scranton is known for the rigorous and broad-based academic experience it offers to students. The university is comprised of multiple colleges, including The College of Arts and Sciences, The Kania School of Management, and the Punuska College of Professional Studies. More than 65 bachelor degree programs are offered, with over 40 minors and more than 35 concentrations and tracks. Areas of study include education, communication, business, health science, liberal arts and the sciences, among others. More than two dozen master’s degree programs are also offered as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy program and multiple pre-professional programs, including Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Podiatry, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and Pre-Law.
Undergraduates are encouraged to take their studies beyond the classroom through internships, experiential learning, and study abroad programs. Undergraduate research opportunities also exist in the forms of faculty-student research programs, Summer Research Fellowships, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and more.
Over 5,500 students are enrolled at the University of Scranton, including nearly 4,000 undergraduates. Housing is guaranteed for four consecutive years with more than 35 on-campus housing options. Housing is divided up by year – first-year students live in traditional residence halls while sophomore housing is decided by an online lottery-system. Juniors and seniors are free to choose either apartment- or house-styled housing that ranges in size from 3-person to 7-person units. The University also maintains multiple houses and apartment buildings on or near campus, some of which are organized around a particular academic interest. Students may also choose from at least half a dozen dining locations and meal plan options – resident freshman students, though, are required to take the ‘Unlimited’ meal plan.
An NCAA Division III school, the University of Scranton sponsors nearly 20 varsity sports, split evenly between men’s and women’s teams. The University is a member of the Landmark Conference for the majority of its sports, while the men’s golf team is a member of the Empire 8 Conference. More than 1,500 students are involved in Scranton’s recreational and intramural sports, including leagues, tournaments, and other special weekend events.