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, non-profit, co-educational Catholic and Jesuit research university, located in the historic Hill Section of Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States. It was founded in 1888 by Most Rev. William O'Hara, the first Bishop of Scranton, as St. Thomas College.[3] In 1938, the College was elevated to university status and took the name The University of Scranton.[4] The institution was operated by the Diocese of Scranton from its founding until 1897. While the Diocese of Scranton retained ownership of the University, it was administered by the Lasallian Christian Brothers from 1888 to 1942.[5] In 1942, the Society of Jesus took ownership and control of the University.[6] During the 1960s, the University became an independent institution under a lay Board of Trustees. 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.

Currently, 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, all of which contain both undergraduate and graduate programs.[7] Previously, the University had a College of Graduate and Continuing Education, which has recently been folded into the colleges of the respective programs. The University offers 65 Bachelor’s Degree Programs, 29 Master’s Degree Programs, 43 Minors, and 38 Undergraduate Concentrations, as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.[7]

The University enrolls approximately 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Most of its students came from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.[7] Currently, about 58% of its undergraduate students are women and 42% are men.[8] In its graduate programs, about 62% are women students and 38% are men students. The University has about 300 full-time faculty members, approximately 200 of which are tenured.[7]


Founding of the University[edit]

In 1888, the University of Scranton was founded as the College of St. Thomas of Aquin in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas by the first bishop of Scranton, Most Rev. William O’Hara.[9] Shortly after, the College was renamed as St. Thomas College.[9] After four years of intense fundraising, the construction of the College’s first building, Old Main (also known as College Hall) was completed. The three-story red brick building, located in the city of Scranton on Wyoming Avenue next to St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Bishop’s residence, housed eight large classrooms on the first and second floors, an auditorium/gymnasium on the third floor, and a chapel in the basement.[4] In September of 1892, the College admitted its first students, 62 young men for an annual tuition cost of $40.[9] Bishop O’Hara appointed Rev. John J. Mangan, a 29 year old native of Cuba, New York who had been serving as a curate of St. Peter’s Cathedral where he had been ordained only three years earlier, as the College’s first president.[9] For four years, the college was staffed by Scranton’s diocesan priests and seminarians.[10] From 1896 until 1897, the College was run by the three Xaverian Brothers, who left St. Thomas to work at a new Catholic school that had just opened in West Virginia.[10][4]

The Christian Brothers[edit]

After the Xaverian Brothers left, the Lasallian Christian Brothers, a religious teaching congregation founded by St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, took responsibility for the administration of St. Thomas College, although the College was still owned by the Diocese of Scranton. The Christian Brothers ran the College for forty-five years, until they transferred governorship of the College to the Society of Jesuits in 1942.[11] Once the Christian Brothers arrived, they reorganized St. Thomas College into three separate divisions.[4] They created a four year college (which would become the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences), a commercial department which offered two-year degree programs, and a preparatory high school.[4]

In 1899, St. Thomas College held its first Commencement, awarding certificates to graduates of the College’s two-year commercial program. In 1901, the first four graduates of St. Thomas College’s college department were awarded Bachelor of Science degrees at the commencement ceremony. Because the College had not received a state charter, it could not grant official degrees under its own name. Instead, the Christian Brothers began an affiliation with Rock Hill College in Maryland. Until 1925, when the College was given a state charter, all St. Thomas College degrees were awarded either by Rock Hill, LaSalle College in Philadelphia, or St. John’s College in Washington, D.C.

During World War I, enrollment plunged as young college-aged men enlisted and joined the war effort.[4] As a result, the College temporarily suspended the four year college degree programs from 1918 until 1920.[4] During this period, however, St. Thomas continued to offer its two year commercial programs as well as a program for premedical students. In 1924, St. Thomas College was granted a state charter by the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas.[4] This incorporation enabled the College finally to award its own collegiate degrees: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts. In June 1925, 34 students received the first baccalaureate diplomas bearing the seal of St. Thomas College.[4] In 1926, St. Thomas students created the school’s first student body government, composed of the Student Board, Student Council, and Student Tribunal. The College received accreditation from the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools of the Middle States and Maryland in 1927, after successfully passing the board’s evaluation process and meeting its set standards of quality.[4]

In 1938, the Christian Brothers renamed St. Thomas College to The University of Scranton. 1938 also represented another significant departure from the University’s past, as the University admitted women for the first time, allowing them to take courses in its evening college. Before this change in 1938, a select few women had been permitted to take classes at the University during the 1920s before women were officially admitted, including Marywood College student Nellie Brown who enrolled in one class which was required for entrance into medical school. She would go on to become the first practicing woman physician in Scranton.

During the Depression, enrollment dropped and the Christian Brothers struggled to maintain and run the College. This trend only continued to worsen during World War II, as enrollment declined precipitously as a majority of its students and potential students enlisted in the armed forces. As a result of continually low enrollments and increasing costs to run the institution, the school’s debt mounted.

In 1941, Bishop William J. Hafey acquired Dr. Charles E. Thomson's Scranton Private Hospital as part of his plan to expand the University. However, just at the time the hospital (also known as the Annex) was purchased, the need for more space had begun to lessen as United States became involved in the war in Europe and college-age men left to serve their country. After the 1944 establishment of the Scranton Preparatory School by the Jesuit President of the University, the Very Rev. W. Coleman Nevils, the Annex served as its home until it was demolished in 1961 and the Preparatory School moved locations. Additionally, in 1941, Worthington Scranton donated his home and adjoining estate to Bishop Hafey, the bishop of the Diocese of Scranton and the University of Scranton's Board of Trustees President, for use by the University, because he felt that this land could be “most advantageously used for the development of an institution of higher learning so that the youth of this vicinity can get an education at a reasonable cost.” The Christian Brothers, because of their strained finances and the University’s low enrollment did not make use of the Scranton Estate before their departure.

By the beginning of 1942 Bishop Hafey had come to recognize that the Brothers’ first priority in assigning their manpower went to those schools, like La Salle College in Philadelphia, which they not only administered, but also owned. In February he made an overture to the Society of Jesus inviting them to assume not merely the University’s administration, but its ownership (including its debts) as well, an offer they accepted in May. After the University’s commencement in June, the Bishop and the Christian Brothers announced that the University of Scranton would become a Jesuit University.

The Society of Jesus[edit]

In June of 1942, eighteen members of the Society of Jesus arrived in Scranton, led by Rev. W. Coleman Nevils, the new University President and Rector of the Jesuit community. Because the former Christian Brothers residence on Wyoming Ave. next to Old Main could not accommodate all of the Jesuits, they moved into the Estate, which had been donated by the Scranton family in 1941. While the Jesuits began using the lower Hill Section campus, all classes and offices remained at Old Main. During World War II, enrollment remained low. In order to offset declines in enrollment, the University created an aviation program that trained aviation cadets for the Army Air Corps and the Navy. Beginning in 1942, the regular four year course was accelerated and converted into a three-year degree program, done by eliminating summer vacation and reducing holidays, to more quickly prepare graduates for military service. In 1943, the University founded its chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Society founded at Marquette University in 1915.

In 1945, with the end of the war and the creation of the G.I. Bill, legislation intended to help veterans reintegrate after the war which included cash payments for college tuition, enrollment exploded. In order to accommodate this dramatic increase in enrollment, the University acquired three former Navy barracks in 1947 which they constructed on the 900 block of Linden Street, part of the former Scranton Estate. For the next fifteen years, Scranton’s campus would be divided between Old Main and the former Christian Brothers’ residence, which had been renamed by the Jesuits as La Salle Hall, on Wyoming Ave. and the three barracks at the Scranton Estate.

In 1950, the University opened a Graduate School. Its first graduate program was created by the Department of Education and Psychology, leading to a Master of Arts degree in Education. Two years later, it awarded its first degrees. Graduate programs in other fields including Business Administration and Chemistry followed soon afterward. Over time, the Graduate School continued to grow, adding programs in History and English. From its creation, the graduate program admitted women, like the University’s Evening School and summer courses, which had educated women since 1938. The University’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps unit was established in 1951, with its first graduates produced in 1955 as second lieutenants in either the Army or the Reserves. The basic, two-year ROTC program was mandatory for all physically qualified incoming freshmen, except those veterans who had already served. The advanced ROTC program for juniors and seniors was optional, though competitive and selective.

The Decade of the Builder[edit]

In 1955, the University announced an ambitious $5,000,000 campus expansion plan, which proposed constructing ten new buildings over the course of the next ten years. The school hoped to move all of its operations to the Scranton Estate, replace the barracks with safer and more permanent buildings, and expand its facilities to better serve its growing student body. The University’s expansion began with the construction of the Loyola Hall of Science in 1956, which was home to the departments of engineering, physics, biology, and chemistry as well as the University’s radio station (WUSR) and replaced one of the navy barracks, the E (Engineering) Building. In 1958, the University built its first dorms for residential students. It created four dorms arranged in a quad, providing housing for 200 students: Casey, Fitch, Martin, and McCourt Halls. Only three years after their completion, Scranton added another quad of four residential halls above it: Denis Edward, Hafey, Lynett, and Hannan Halls. The campus also grew through an acquisition in 1958. When Worthington Scranton had donated his family’s estate to the University, he had reserved the former carriage house, which he had converted into an office, the greenhouse, and the squash court for his own personal use. Following his death in 1958, his son, William W. Scranton, gave the remainder of the Estate to the University of Scranton. After obtaining the rest of the property, the University moved its administrative offices from Old Main into the carriage house. Although the University had originally planned to convert the Estate into a library, the plans were dropped in favor of a more feasible idea: building an entirely new, separate structure. Alumni Memorial Library was completed in 1960, holding over 120,000 library volumes and containing study space for up to 475 students. In 1961, the University completed construction of the Gunster Memorial Student Center. The center of campus life, at the time of its dedication, Gunster housed a cafeteria, the University bookstore, the 400-seat Eagen Auditorium, lounges, a game room, and a rifle range. The final major construction project of the era was creating a classroom building to replace the rest of the navy barracks. Constructed at the corner of Linden and Monroe Streets, St. Thomas Hall was completed in 1962. Five stories tall, the modern L-shaped building contained contained classrooms, administrative and faculty offices, ROTC offices, student lounges, the St. Ignatius Loyola Chapel, and four laboratories. After the completion of St. Thomas Hall, the University vacated its Wyoming Avenue properties completely. During the dedication ceremony for the new classroom building, the original cornerstone from the University’s first building, Old Main, was built into the front corner of St. Thomas Hall. Seventy five years after Old Main’s blessing in 1888, the University of Scranton transferred its cornerstone to the new campus, linking the University with its past and providing continuity from both the University's former name, St. Thomas College, and its old campus. The decade of construction ended in 1965 with the completion of two more residential halls: Driscoll and Nevils, which together housed 240 students, increasing the University's dormitory capacity to 650 residents.

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.[12]

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.[13] 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[14]

The Princeton Review has named the university to its annual “Best Colleges," guidebook from 2002 to its most recent list for 2017.[15]

  • 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).[15]

In 2011 The Huffington Post recognized The University of Scranton as the sixth friendliest school in the United States.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19]

Campus buildings and landmarks[edit]

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

Academic Buildings[edit]

  • Alumni Memorial Hall: the building was originally constructed as Alumni Memorial Library in 1960. After the completion of the Weinberg Memorial Library in 1992, it underwent extensive renovations and was converted into Alumni Memorial Hall. It currently houses the Psychology Department and the Division of Planning and Information Resources.
  • Brennan Hall: the building was completed in 2000. It houses the departments of the Aruthur J. Kania School of Management. Its five stories contain classrooms, seminar rooms, faculty offices, an advising center, the Pearn Auditorium, and the Irwin E. Alperin Financial Center, which is designed to simulate a stock market trading floor, complete with an electronic ticker and data displays. The fifth floor of Brennan Hall is the Joseph M. McShane Executive Center, which includes a meeting room, a large reception area, a the PNC Bank board room, and the Rose Room, an open space used for lectures, events, and dinners.
  • Ciszek Hall: the building, originally named the Center for Eastern Christian Studies, was completed in 1987 as an ecumenical and academic institute designed to promote knowledge about and understanding of the religious and cultural traditions of Eastern Christianity. Currently, Cisek Hall houses the university’s Office of Career Services, a chapel which celebrates service in the Byzantine Rite, and a library containing 15,000 books.
  • Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Hall: the building was completed in 2015. At eight stories tall, it is currently the tallest University building and houses the departments of Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. Leahy Hall contains 25 interactive rehabilitation laboratories, 9 traditional and active-learning classrooms, research facilities, multiple simulation environments, more than 50 faculty offices, 9 group study rooms, a forum for lectures and events, an Einstein Bros Bagels Cafe, and a green roof and patio. The new building is located on the former site of the old Leahy Hall / YWCA building, on the southwest corner of Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street, which was demolished to make room for the new building.
  • Houlihan-McLean Center: the Victorian Gothic style building was constructed in 1910 as the Immanuel Baptist Church. The University acquired the former church in 1986, after its congregation moved to a different church. Currently, it houses the school’s Performance Music Program, which includes the university’s Orchestra, Bands, and Singers, as well as serving as a site for musical and other arts performances, lectures, and special liturgies. The main floor of the building houses the Aula (an approximately 650 seat concert hall), the Atrium (a recital and reception hall), the Nelhybel Collection Research Room, small ensembles areas, a musicians' lounge, practice rooms, offices, music library, and an organ loft and organ chamber, which holds an historic 1910 Austin Opus 301 symphonic pipe organ.
  • Hyland Hall: the building, completed in 1987, is a four-story facility which contains sixteen classrooms and a 180-seat tiered lecture hall, in addition to a cafe, lounge, and the University's Hope Horn Art Gallery. Currently, it mostly houses classes for the Departments of Political Science, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and World Languages and Cultures.
  • Institute of Molecular Biology and Medicine: the building was completed in 1996 and houses research laboratories, offices, and the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. The IMBM is dedicated to the molecular biological research, chiefly in the field of proteomics, in order to find and treat viral diseases and cancer as well as to be able to engineer a patient’s immune system to avoid these diseases and to develop DNA probes that could possibly seek out a defective gene that is responsible for cancer.
  • Loyola Science Center: completed in 2011, the building houses the University’s Biology, Chemistry, Computing Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics/Electrical Engineering departments as well as any programs currently associated with these departments. The construction of the Loyola Science Center involved integrating a new four-story structure into an existing structure, the Harper-McGinnis wing of St. Thomas Hall. The unified building includes 22 class and seminar rooms, 34 laboratories, 80 offices, a 180-seat lecture hall, an atrium and coffee shop, a vivarium, and a rooftop greenhouse for research.
  • McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts: constructed in 1992, the building serves as the home for the University's English & Theatre department. It contains classrooms, offices, labs, meeting spaces, a black box studio theatre, the 300-seat Royal Theater where the University Players stage their productions, computer writing and instructions lab, a seminar room, a small screening room for film classes and an office for Esprit, the university's Review of Arts and Letters.
  • McGurrin Hall: the building was completed in 1998. It houses many of the departments in the J.A. Panuska College of Professional Studies, including Education, Nursing, Counseling and Human Services, and Health Administration and Human Resources. McGurrin's four stories include classrooms, laboratories, teaching instruction labs, and counseling suites as well as the Panuska College of Professional Studies’ advising center and administration offices. In the basement of McGurrin Hall, the University created the Leahy Community Health & Family Center, which meets the health and wellness needs of underserved individuals in the greater Scranton community while providing a place where faculty guide students in a practical educational experience through its programs, which include the University of Success, the Alice V. Leahy Food and Clothing Pantry, the Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Center Clinic, “Peacemakers After School,” and “Growing Stronger.”
  • O'Hara Hall:
  • St. Thomas Hall:
  • Smurfit Arts Center:
  • Weinberg Memorial Library: the Library was completed in 1992, replacing Alumni Memorial Library which proved unable to serve adequately the growing student population, to house the vast library collections, and lacked the necessary wiring for modernizing the library with new technological advances. The Library has five floors, which seat approximately 700 students at one time and hold the University's extensive library collections. The Library is home to the University of Scranton Archives and Special Collections. In addition to study space and books, it contains administrative offices, two classrooms, group study rooms, a Java City cafe, the Reilly Learning Commons, and the Scranton Heritage Room, an open hall used to host campus and community events and to exhibit artifacts and documents from the university’s archives and special collections, showcases of faculty scholarship and university alumni authors, and the library's Environmental Art Show.

Additional Facilities[edit]

  • Brown Hall
  • Byron Recreation Center
  • Campion Hall
  • Chapel of the Sacred Heart
  • DeNaples Center: the campus center completed in 2008, replacing the Gunster Memorial Student Center, since its facilities could no longer effectively serve the expanding student body. The DeNaples Center houses the campus bookstore, the student mail center, commuter lockers, a Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) convenience, a dining hall, a fireplace lounge, the Rev. Bernard R. McIllhenny, S.J. Ballroom, meeting rooms, the Ann and Leo Moscovitz Theater, and the first floor DeNaples Food Court, a retail dining option which includes Starbucks Coffee, Chick-Fil-A, and Quizno’s. The center also contains offices for Student Affairs, University Ministries, and the Student Forum which is comprised of the Center for Student Engagement, the University of Scranton Programming Board (USPB), the Aquinas newspaper, the Windhover yearbook, the Jane Kopas Women's Center, the Multicultural Center, Student Government, and Community Outreach.
  • Dionne Green
  • The Estate
  • Fitzpatrick Field
  • Founder's Green
  • Galvin Terrace
  • Long Center
  • Mosque
  • Pantle Rose Garden
  • Parking and Public Safety Pavilion
  • Quain Memorial Conservatory
  • Retreat Center at Chapman Lake: 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.
  • Roche Wellness Center
  • Rock Hall
  • Scranton Hall
  • University Commons: are the main walkways through the University's campus. In 1980, the University of Scranton received approval from the Scranton City Council to close the portion of Linden Street to vehicular traffic which ran through the University's campus in order to unify the campus and create a safer environment for its students. Later, in the early 1990s, the University also closed part of Quincy Avenue and converted it into a pedestrian walkway.

Student Housing[edit]

The university has 13 traditional residences: Casey Hall, Denis Edward Hall, Driscoll Hall, Fitch Hall, Gannon Hall, Lavis Hall, McCormick Hall, Hafey Hall, Hannan Hall, Lynett Hall, Martin Hall, McCourt Hall, Nevils Hall, which provide housing for first-year students. These residence halls contain traditional double-rooms that share a community restroom on each floor. Most of these buildings were constructed in the 1960s, when the University was becoming a residential campus.

Sophomore students are offered suite-style housing, in which two double rooms share a shower and toilet, with each room having its own sink. There are three buildings, clustered together on the edge of the campus, which house sophomores: Condron Hall (2008), Redington Hall, and Gavigan Hall.

Junior and senior students are offered apartments and houses, which have more private options for residents. The University's apartment buildings include: Linden St. Apartments, Madison Square, Mulberry Plaza, Montrone Hall, and Pilarz Hall. The University also owns a number of residential houses scattered throughout the campus and the historic Hill Section of the city which they use to house students depending on the need for additional housing, most of which were originally acquired during the 1970s and 1980s. These include: Blair House, Fayette House, Gonzaga House, Herold House, Liva House, McGowan House, Cambria House, Monroe House, Tioga House, and Wayne House. After sophomore year, students can also elect to live off-campus in the residential and historic Hill Section located adjacent to the University's campus.

Graduate students can either chose to rent houses in the Hill Section, or live in the University-owned Quincy Apartments, located on the 500 block of Quincy Avenue which was just transformed from an abandoned high school into an early childhood learning center and University graduate housing in 2015.


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.[20] 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.[21]

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.[22][23]

In fall 2016, women's golf was added to the athletics program. They debuted with a 5-0 victory in September 2016.[24]

Student life[edit]


The Aquinas, the university's student newspaper, publishes on Thursday during the academic year. WUSR 99.5 is the college radio station owned and operated by the University of Scranton.

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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

University of Scranton presidents[edit]

List of Presidents since elevation to University status in 1938:[29]

Notable alumni[edit]

There are more than 49,000 alumni worldwide.[30]

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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  32. ^ Esack, Steve (2016-08-30). "Meet Pennsylvania's new attorney general". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  33. ^ Micek, John L. (2012-04-13). "Two Pennsylvania Democrats vying for attorney general, Kathleen Kane or Patrick Murphy will face off in primary, with Republican David Freed waiting for winner.". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
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