Keystone College

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Keystone College
Motto Progress Through Effort
Type Private, 4-year, Co-Educational
Established 1868
Endowment $8 million
President Dr. David Coppola
Location La Plume and Factoryville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nickname Giants
Sports 21 men's and women's teams
Website Keystone College
One College Green
La Plume, PA 18440

Keystone College is a private comprehensive college located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The College's 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 approximately 1,400 students, Keystone offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree options in liberal arts and science-based programs in business, communications, education, fine arts, science, environmental resource management, geology, and social sciences. The school is well-regarded for the personalized attention given to students and its small class sizes. Keystone College is located about 15 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
  • 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]

  • Robert Swartley '75: 2016-present
  • Susan Belin: 2014-2016
  • Thomas G. Spiecher '72: 2012–2014
  • Harry Dowling '69: 2010–2012
  • William Bender '13: 2008–2010
  • Diane Paparo '76: 2006–2008
  • David L. Tressler: 2004–2006


Sickler Hall

Keystone's scenic 276-acre (1.1 km²) campus, located at the gateway to the Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, features hiking trails and a freshwater stream. The campus is 15 miles northwest of Scranton, on U.S. Routes 6 and 11 and is located in both Lackawanna and Wyoming counties.

Woodlands Campus[edit]

Keystone's 275-acre Woodlands Campus features approximately seven miles of hiking trails that are open to students and the public seven days a week from dawn until dusk. Keystone also has made an addition to its back campus, including the Trolley Trail, named after the Scranton Trolleys. The Trolley Trail is a long term project and will continue to be extended into Dalton.

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
  • 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 Field and Track 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 include double occupancy rooms for the sophomore experience community. Co-ed by floor with a capacity of approximately 145 students.
  • The Dr. Edward G. Boehm and Mrs. Regina E. Boehm Residence Hall: An upperclassmen residence hall, Boehm Hall 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. Two living-learning communities (leadership, music/fine arts) are also available in Boehm Hall.
  • 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 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 students


Keystone College offers over 40-degree options at the undergraduate and graduate levels in eleven different academic programs within two schools. No matter which school or program students choose, they'll work closely with Keystone's passionate faculty and have the opportunity to conduct hands-on research across a variety of disciplines including arts and humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, business, accounting, social and behavioral sciences, and more. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Keystone's academic programs are organized within two schools:

Turock School of Arts and Sciences

  • Communication and Liberal Studies
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Pscyhoogy
  • Criminal Justice and Social Sciences
  • Visual Arts

School of Professional Studies

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Education
  • Information Technology
  • Sports and Recreation

Graduate Studies[edit]

Keystone College offers innovative, market-specific graduate programs to help students advance in their careers. The degree programs are designed to meet the needs of emerging and working professionals hrough convenient course delivery formats.

  • Accountancy - fully online
  • Business Administration (MBA) - fully online
  • Early Childhood Education Leadership - hybrid
  • Sport and Leadership Management - fully online


Keystone's 21 teams compete in the Colonial States Athletic Conference 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
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball


The Key is the student newspaper. The Keystonian is the college magazine for alumni and friends.

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