Keystone College

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Keystone College
Motto Progress Through Effort
Established 1868
Type Private, 4-year, Co-Educational
Endowment $8 million[1]
President Dr. David Coppola
Undergraduates 1,773 [1]
Location La Plume and Factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Residential Area
270 acres (1.1 km²)
Colors Orange and Blue
Sports 14 men's and women's teams
Nickname Giants
Website Keystone College
One College Green
La Plume, PA 18440

Keystone College is a small private, competitive, liberal arts and sciences college located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Its official mailing address is La Plume, Pennsylvania in Lackawanna County; however, much of the campus is in Factoryville, Pennsylvania in Wyoming County. The school was founded in 1868.

Keystone College encourages civility, integrity and curiosity through a comprehensive liberal arts education. Keystone is committed to environmental stewardship physically, culturally, and academically.

Enrolling just under 1,700 students, Keystone offers 40 associate and baccalaureate degree programs in business, communications, education, fine arts, natural science and mathematics, and social sciences.

Located 15 minutes from Scranton, Pa. and two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Keystone is known for small class sizes and individual attention focused on student success through internships, research, and community involvement.


Keystone Academy was founded in 1868 by Dr. John Harris. The Academy was originally chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1868, with instruction beginning the following year in the local Baptist church in Factoryville. At the time it was chartered, Keystone Academy was the only high school between Binghamton, New York and Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1934, Keystone Academy was rechartered as Scranton-Keystone Junior College. In 1944, the name of the College was shortened to Keystone Junior College. The current name Keystone College was adopted in 1995. In 1998, the College received formal approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer baccalaureate degree programs.

Presidents of the College[edit]

  • Dr. David L. Coppola 2013–present[2]
  • Dr. Edward G. Boehm, Jr. 1995–2013
  • Charles F. Kennedy 1994–1995
  • Dr. Robert E. Mooney, Jr. 1987–1994
  • Margaretta Belin Chamberlin 1985–1987
  • Dr. Louis V. Wilcox, Jr. 1983–1985
  • John B. Hibbard 1975–1983
  • Dr. Harry K. Miller 1960–1975
  • Dr. Blake Tewksbury 1945–1960
  • Byron S. Hollinshead 1934–1945

Chairperson of the Board of Trustees[edit]

  • Thomas G. Spiecher '72: 2012–present
  • Harry Dowling '69: 2010–2012
  • William Bender: 2008–2010
  • Diane Paparo '76: 2006–2008
  • David L. Tressler: 2004–2006


Keystone College is nestled on a 270 acre (1.1 km²) tract at the gateway to the Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The campus is 15 miles northwest of Scranton, on U.S. Routes 6 and 11 and is spread over both Lackawanna and Wyoming counties. Keystone College is committed to the protection and preservation of our environment. The College has taken many steps towards the achievement of a green campus.[3]

Woodlands Campus[edit]

Keystone's 170-acre Woodlands Campus features approximately seven miles of hiking trails that are open seven days a week from dawn until dusk. The Woodlands Campus serves as extremely valuable educational resource for Keystone students, proving a perfect area for a variety of scientific and environmental studies. Few colleges in the nation offer students such a pristine natural environment for education and recreation.

Academic Buildings[edit]

  • Harris Hall: named after John Howard Harris, founder and benefactor of Keystone Academy.
  • Capwell Science Hall
  • Brooks Hall
  • Miller Library
  • Kemmerer Hall
  • Gardner Hall
  • Art Center

Administration/Non-Academic Buildings[edit]

  • Alumni Hall
  • Hedgewood
  • Hibbard Campus Center
  • Patrick Hall
  • Sabiston Hall
  • Sickler Hall
  • Sisson Hall
  • Ward Hall

Athletic Facilities[edit]

  • Athletic Track & Field Complex: Coming in 2014
  • Gambal Athletic Center: Ace Spalding Arena, Fornicola Wellness Center, Weight Training Room
  • Ned Boehm Field
  • Edmunds Field
  • Christy Mathewson Field
  • Diane Murray Tennis Center

Residence Halls[edit]

Keystone College strives to provide the safest and most enjoyable on-campus housing experience for our resident students. The Office of Residence Life is staffed with dedicated and trained professionals whose goal is create an optimal living and learning environment for Keystone students.

  • Moffat Residence Hall: A first year experience community, Moffat is co-ed by suite with a capacity of approximately 140 students.
  • Frear/Reynolds Residence Hall: Features double occupancy rooms for the sophomore experience community. Co-ed by floor with a capacity of approximately 145 students.
  • Keystone Commons: An upperclassmen residence hall, the Commons is co-ed by suite with a capacity of approximately 60 students. An independent living community, each of its eight suites features four double occupancy rooms, three bathrooms, a common living room and a full kitchen.
  • Hollinshead Residence Hall: A first year experience community, Hollinshead is co-ed by floor with approximately 50 students.
  • Tewksbury Residence Hall: A first year experience community, Tewksbury is co-ed by floor with approximately 50 students.
  • Davis Hall: An independent living community, Davis features six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a common living room and a full kitchen. Davis is home to approximately 10 female upperclassmen.
  • 39 College Avenue: An independent living community, the house features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a common living room, and a full kitchen and houses approximately nine female students.
  • 43 College Avenue: An independent living community.
  • Townhouses at 210 College Avenue: An independent living community.
  • West Campus: An independent living community


Keystone College educates students in a liberal arts tradition that values civility, integrity and curiosity, fostering a global perspective on cultural diversity, environmental sustainability, and lifelong learning.

Keystone offers a variety of degrees and programs within six academic divisions. With small class sizes, Keystone is known for creating a caring and supportive environment dedicated to our students' needs.

Student life[edit]

What happens outside the classroom is just as important as what happens inside. Keystone College prides itself on the many opportunities it provides for informal and friendly exchanges among students, faculty, and staff. Whether your interests are academic, social, spiritual, recreational, or athletic, there's always a chance to be introduced to new ideas, new opportunities, and new friends.

Activities and events[edit]

Keystone College is dedicated to creating a supportive and inclusive environment on campus to complement the academic experience, while connecting and engaging all of our students. The College offers a wide variety of activities and extra-curricular events that provide opportunities for on-going personal and professional development, as well as creating friendships to last a lifetime.

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Keystone is proud to offer a variety of clubs and organizations to our student population. Whether you enjoy sports, theatre, singing, or cooking, Keystone has just the right selection for you! You can also choose to start your own club.

Community outreach[edit]

The opportunity to serve others, in many ways, is the essence of a Keystone College education. By participating in service projects, you will develop the capacity to meet social challenges, solve problems, and make a positive difference in the world in which you live. The Office of Community Outreach provides coordinated opportunities to engage in service to the community, both locally and globally.

Diversity services[edit]

Keystone College acknowledges and embraces the importance of diversity in today's world. By providing experiences for learning about other cultures and lifestyles on campus, we prepare today's students to be contributing members of the diverse workforce of our nation.

Intramural sports and recreation[edit]

Are you looking for a fun way to stay active and meet new friends on campus? With a variety of fun sports and activities throughout the year, there is certainly something enjoyable for everyone. All activities are free for both resident and commuter students and help to promote both recreational and healthy competition.


The Key is the student newspaper, which is published during the fall and spring semesters.[2]


Keystone's athletic programs are thriving, both on and off the field with student-athletes succeeding not only in the classroom but on the athletic field as well. Keystone's 17 teams compete in the Colonial States Athletic Conference [3] as a Division III school under the NCAA. Teams are known as the Giants, named after the baseball team that alumnus Christy Mathewson played for.

Men's teams[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse: To begin 2014–2015 academic year
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's teams[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse: To begin 2014–2015 academic year
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°33′32″N 75°46′30″W / 41.559°N 75.775°W / 41.559; -75.775