Keystone College

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Keystone College
Motto Progress Through Effort
Type Private, 4-year, Co-Educational
Established 1868
Endowment $8 million[1]
President Dr. David Coppola
Undergraduates 1,773
Location La Plume and Factoryville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Campus Residential Area
270 acres (1.1 km²)
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 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.

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.

Keystone College is located about 12 miles (18 km) from Scranton, 110 miles (175 km) from New York City and 115 miles (185 km) from Philadelphia.


Keystone Academy was founded in 1868 by Dr. John Howard 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. In 2014, Keystone received approval to offer master's degrees.

Presidents of the College[edit]

  • David 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]

  • Susan Belin: 2012–present
  • 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


Sickler Hall

Keystone College is located 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.

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.

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
  • 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]

  • 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


The Key is the student newspaper, which is published during the fall and spring semesters.[1]


Keystone's 22 teams compete in the Colonial States Athletic Conference [2] 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
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Women's teams[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • 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