University of Scranton

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University of Scranton
University of Scranton seal.png
Latin: Universitas Scrantonensis
Former names
St. Thomas College (1888–1938)
Motto Religio Mores Cultura (Latin)
Motto in English
Religion Morals Culture
Type Private Nonprofit
Research Coeducational
Established 1888
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment US $170 million
President Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.
Academic staff
Students 5,422
Undergraduates 3,910
Postgraduates 1,512
Location Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Urban, 58 acres (23.5 ha)
Fight song "Great Battling Royals"
Colors Purple      and      White
Athletics NCAA Division III - LC
Sports 19 varsity sports teams[1]
(9 men's and 10 women's)
Nickname Royals / Lady Royals
Mascot Iggy the Royal Wolf
Affiliations AJCU ACCU
University of Scranton logo.png

The University of Scranton is a private, co-educational Catholic and Jesuit[3] university, located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States, in the northeast region of the state. The school was founded in 1888 by Most Rev. William O'Hara, the first Bishop of Scranton, as St. Thomas College. It was elevated to university status in 1938, taking the name The University of Scranton. The institution was operated by the Diocese of Scranton, and later the Lasallian Christian Brothers, from 1888 to 1942. In 1942, Bishop William Joseph Hafey invited the Society of Jesus to take charge of the university. Today, The University of Scranton is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and is served by the Scranton Jesuit Community.

The university is composed of three colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Kania School of Management, and The Panuska College of Professional Studies (the College of Graduate and Continuing Education has recently been folded into the colleges of the respective programs).


The school was founded as St. Thomas College in 1888 by Most Rev. William O'Hara, the first Bishop of Scranton. The institution was operated by the Diocese of Scranton, and later the Lasallian Christian Brothers, from 1888 to 1942. The institution was elevated to university status in 1938, taking the name the University of Scranton.

In 1942, Bishop William Joseph Hafey invited the Society of Jesus to take charge of the university. The Jesuits took control of the University of Scranton on June 15, 1942, with Rev. W. Coleman Nevils, S.J., a former rector of Georgetown University, becoming the university's first Jesuit president.[4]

Today, The University of Scranton is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and is served by the Scranton Jesuit Community.

On May 31, 1987, Margaret Heckler, the then United States Ambassador to Ireland, became the first woman to deliver the commencement address at the University of Scranton in the school's history.[5]

Areas of academic study[edit]

The university grants undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science) in 65 majors. Students may also utilize many pre-professional concentrations, such as pre-medical, pre-law, and pre-dental. The university also has an Honors Program and the SJLA (Special Jesuit Liberal Arts) Program in which select students complete courses in moral philosophy, ethics, theology, and the humanities in addition to their normal course load.

The university also grants graduate degrees (Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Health Administration, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in Education) in 29 fields, among them Accounting, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Computing Sciences, Counseling and Human Services, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Administration, Elementary and Special Education, Health Administration, Human Resources, Nursing, Software Engineering, and Theology. The university also offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy program and Doctor of Nursing Practice.


The university offers a liberal arts program. Students are required to take the core courses in composition. Students are also required to take two theology courses, two philosophy courses, as well as an elective in one of these two areas. Filling out the general education requirements are 6 credits in science courses, 6 credits in writing intensive courses, 6 credits in cultural diversity courses, 3 credits in a mathematics course, 12 credits in humanities courses and 3 credits in physical education.


The university has received accolades from in a number of national publications including the Princeton Review, Kaplan's Publishing, U.S. News & World Report, The Economist, Forbes and Newsweek. For 23 consecutive years, beginning in 1994, The University of Scranton has been ranked in the top 10 schools in U.S. News & World Report's rankings of the Best Master's Universities-North.[6] In the 2017 edition, Scranton placed sixth and was also recognized for "Service Learning" as well as one of the "Best Colleges for Veterans." In its 2016 guidebook, U.S. News & World Report ranked several of The University of Scranton’s master’s degree programs among America’s "Best Graduate Schools." The University’s online graduate program in education ranked No. 13 in the nation. The University’s graduate program in nursing ranked No. 83.

In its 2017 guidebook, three Kania School of Management programs ranked among the top in the nation on U.S News & World Report’s business specialty lists:

  • Entrepreneurship ranked No. 13
  • Finance ranked No. 16
  • Accounting ranked No. 20[7]

The Princeton Review has named the university to its annual “Best Colleges," guidebook from 2002 to its most recent list for 2017.[8]

  • In the 2017 guidebook, The Princeton Review also recognized the University for: “Best Science Labs" (No. 4), “Best Campus Food” (No. 11), “Best College Dorms” (No. 17) and “Students Most Engaged in Community Service” (No. 20).[8]

In 2011 The Huffington Post recognized The University of Scranton as the sixth friendliest school in the United States.[9] An October 2015 report by The Economist ranked The University of Scranton No. 22 in the nation (top 2% of four-year colleges) for the impact a Scranton education has on the earnings of its graduates.[10] The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, published in October 2015, ranked The University of Scranton among the top 100 colleges in the nation for the increase in annual earnings it contributes to its graduates at 10 years after enrollment.[11]

The University of Scranton ranked among the top “Healthiest” college in the United States, according to an September 2016 listing posted on, an online source for health and fitness information.[12]

Campus buildings and landmarks[edit]

Pilarz Hall is part of the new Mulberry Street Complex, which includes housing, fitness facilities, and a food court.

Retreat Center at Chapman Lake[edit]

The University's Retreat Center is located approximately 30-minutes from campus on picturesque Chapman Lake. The Retreat Center is used regularly by students, faculty, alumni and administrators. The center, complete with dining facilities and meeting rooms, was constructed in 1998 and expanded in the summer of 2006, which brought capacity for overnight accommodations to 50 people.

Retreats offered at Chapman Lake are usually offered and run by staff and students from The University of Scranton's Office of University Ministries. They are very popular with the student body and are usually held several times a year, with around 40 students participating at a time. The Freshman Retreat and the Search Retreats are among the most popular and are held multiple times each semester. The Senior Retreat is usually held once a year during the Spring Semester for graduating seniors.

Student housing[edit]

The university has 13 traditional residences, housing mostly for first-year students. Christopher and Margaret Condron Hall (2008), Francis E. Redington Hall, and John R. Gavigan Hall provide housing for upperclassmen students. The university owns over 20 additional houses and apartment buildings in the areas surrounding the campus, offering over 30 housing options for students, including Mulberry Plaza and Madison Square, two townhouse-style complexes featuring air conditioning, full kitchens, living areas and bedrooms.

First-year students are offered traditional double-rooms that share a community restroom. Sophomore students are offered suite-style housing, in which two double rooms share a restroom. Upper-class and graduate students are offered apartments and houses, which have more private options for residents.


Athletics logo

Scranton athletes compete at the NCAA Division III. In 2007, Scranton joined the newly formed Landmark Conference, which ended a long history with the Middle Atlantic/Freedom Conference.

The school offers 19 varsity sports and has won national championships in Men's Basketball in 1976 and 1983 and Women's Basketball in 1985.[13] The university's basketball teams play at the John Long Center located in the heart of the campus. The university's soccer and field hockey teams play at Fitzpatrick Field, also on campus.

In February 2012, the university fully acquired the South Side Sports Complex in Scranton. The complex was converted into NCAA-regulation fields for soccer, baseball, and softball. The complex includes a child's play area and public basketball courts.[14]

In February 2016, the athletic director suspended the Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving team from the Landmark Conference championship meet for alleged hazing.[15][16]

In fall 2016, women's golf was added to the athletics program. They debuted with a 5-0 victory in September 2016.[17]

Student life[edit]

The University of Scranton alma mater[edit]

The hours too quickly slip away
And mingle into years
But memories of our Scranton days will last
Whatever next appears.
The legacy from those before
Is briefly ours to hold,
We leave the best behind for others
As the coming years unfold.

With faith in lives that touch us here
And paths that ours have crossed
We know that reaching for the rising sun
Is surely worth the cost.
May God be ever at our side,
May goodness fill our days.
We hail as loving sons and daughters
Alma mater ours always.[18]

Student government[edit]

History of the Student Senate[edit]

The Student Senate came about in the spring semester of 2002 with the ratification of its Constitution. On May 3, 2002 the first Student Senate meeting was held in the Office of Student Activities. Today, the Student Senate assembles for regular sessions on a biweekly basis and for emergency sessions as necessary.

The Student Senate is the main avenue of governance for the students. The Student Senate deals with pertinent issues that affect the day-to-day lives of students at The University of Scranton. The Senate is chaired by the Vice-President of Student Government who votes only in the case of a tie. The other Executive members of Student Government are the President, a nonvoting member with veto authority, as well as the Secretary and Treasurer, both non-voting members. The body of the Student Senate is made up of the non-voting executive positions, and four equal representatives from each class, two commuter representatives, two off-campus representatives, and two resident representatives for a total of 26 members, 22 of which have voting rights.

There are four standing committees formed out of the Senate: Safety and Crime Prevention, Student Life and Dining Services, Academic Affairs, and Appropriations. Proposed legislation is sent to the appropriate committee for research and development at the discretion of the Chair. The Executive Treasurer advises the Appropriations Committee; a Senator appointed by the Executive Council chairs each of the committees.

Future of the university[edit]

On April 26, 2008, the university held a public launch its new fundraising campaign. The campaign includes the DeNaples Center, Condron Hall, renovations to the Estate as a new home for admissions and the development of a new science facility. The building, now known as the Loyola Science Center, is in the planning stages with a tentative construction start date in Spring 2009 (according to October 2007 Provost's Report). Other campaign priorities include building endowment for financial aid, scholarships and faculty development and growing support in annual giving.

On October 26, 2009, the university began construction on a new science/humanities facility, the Loyola Science Center.

On May 6, 2010, the university announced plans to build a new apartment style Residence Hall with a food option as well as a new fitness facility on the first floor. This will be located across the street from the DeNaples Center on the 900 block of Mulberry Street.

On August 30, 2010, President Scott Pilarz, S.J. announced that he would leave the university at the end of the academic year to become the president of Marquette University.[19]

On December 15, 2010, Christopher "Kip" Condron announced that Kevin Quinn, S.J. would become the 25th President of the University of Scranton. Quinn is originally from New York, a graduate of Fordham University and was, prior to his appointment, the executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University, where he was also a professor of law.[20]

In fall 2011, Scranton welcomed two new facilities to the city's skyline: the Loyola Science Center and an apartment and fitness complex on the 900 block of Mulberry Street.

The 200,000-square-foot science center is home to 22 class and seminar rooms, 34 laboratories and a multistory atrium. It is a fitting home to Scranton's rich legacy of science education, and serves as a center of collaborative learning for all members of the campus and community.

The apartment and fitness complex, which consists of the Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Hall and Montrone Hall, stands directly across the street from the Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center and provides fitness space, a dining area and apartment-style units to accommodate 400 juniors and seniors.

Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, which houses the departments of physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science, was dedicated in September 2015.

In these early years of the 21st century, the University is building on its historical and educational heritage guided by its "Engaged, Integrated, Global" strategic plan for 2015-2020. This plan guides the University's efforts in ever-improving the education and formation of students in the Catholic, Jesuit educational tradition through learning experiences that are transformative and reflective. Integrated teaching and learning opportunities across disciplines and programs emphasize understanding, discernment and action in a global context.[21]

University of Scranton presidents[edit]

List of Presidents since elevation to University status in 1938:[22]

Notable alumni[edit]

There are more than 49,000 alumni worldwide.[23]

Fictional alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable honorary degree recipients[edit]

University of Scranton Press[edit]

The University of Scranton Press is a university press that is part of The University of Scranton. Its publications include books on religious and philosophical issues and local (Northeastern Pennsylvania) history, including coal mining. In the summer of 2010 the university announced that it was no longer accepting submissions for publication and would discontinue the Press after all current projects were completed.

See also[edit]


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  20. ^ "The University of Scranton Appoints the Reverend Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., J.D., Ph.D., its 25th President". 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  21. ^ "History of The University | History | About Us". Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
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  28. ^ Field, Nick (2015-01-17). "PA-Gov: Wolf Unveils Physician General, More Cabinet Nominees". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 

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Coordinates: 41°24′22″N 75°39′25″W / 41.406°N 75.657°W / 41.406; -75.657