University of Scranton

Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Throughout our history, The University of Scranton has taught students from a Jesuit perspective based on ethics and social responsibility, which has shaped the University’s educational environment. Long before the global financial scandals involving international accounting firms made "ethics" a buzzword, The University of Scranton has adhered to its tradition as a Catholic and Jesuit university.



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. Shortly after, the College was renamed as St. Thomas College. After four years of intense fundraising, the construction of the College’s first building, Old Main (also known as College Hall) was completed.


Spirituality is at the core of our mission as a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning. The chief characteristics embedded in the Ignatian vision include: the concept of the Magis, or a restless pursuit of excellence grounded in gratitude; Cura Personalis, individual attention to students and respect for the uniqueness of each member of the University community; seeking God in all things; liberal education; service of faith and the promotion of justice; and contemplation in action.


The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) reports to the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and is designed to stimulate faculty research efforts. It does so through assisting faculty members in securing external and internal funding for research activities, providing workshops related to scholarly enterprises, and helping to develop and implement policies related to research. ORSP works closely with the Faculty Research Committee in all of these areas.


The Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development helps students focus on career decisions that are consistent with their unique talents, aspirations, and vision for living. Professional counselors help students discover links between their personal traits and career options through individual counseling, workshops, and many other electronic and hard-copy resources available at the Career Center.

All students can receive training in resume and cover letter writing as well as interview and job search techniques. They are also able to participate in employer on-campus recruiting visits and Career Expos.


Student services

The role of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services is to provide specialized support to The University of Scranton’s international students, scholars, and their dependents,as they make adjustment to life in the United States. The University hosts approximately 110 international students and scholars from about 20 different countries. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, the office serves almost like a second home to students and scholars seeking a meaningful learning experience at The University.

Housing services

In accordance with the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the University will provide residential accommodations for a student residing in University housing who has a qualifying physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities and has a record of such an impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment.

The University does not discriminate in the provision of housing to qualified students with disabilities, consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. It is the policy of the University to provide comparable, convenient, and accessible housing to students with disabilities at the same cost as to others.

Library services

The University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library provides superior resources, services and programs that meet the dynamic scholarly, cultural and social endeavors of the University and the community at large. We are committed to a culture of innovation, assessment and sustainability through the support of teaching and learning.

ICT services

The Technology Support Center facilitates the use of the University's computing systems, software, networks, and facilities through timely, accurate, and courteous responses to customer support requests.

Medical services

Maintaining good health is an essential component of student success both academically and personally.  Student Health Services is committed to the promotion of student learning and personal development through the provision of direct health care, health promotion and education and preventative care.  Students are encouraged to actively utilize Student Health Services for their health care needs.

Student Life

Campus life

The Division of Student Formation & Campus Life, inspired by our Catholic and Jesuit identity, challenges students to recognize their unique gifts and talents, reach beyond their perceived capabilities, develop a restless desire for excellence grounded in gratitude, and discover and embrace who they are called to be. 

The Division facilitates transformative learning experiences aimed at advancing students' understanding of and lifelong commitment to: 

  • developing adult faith and spirituality
  • fostering a healthy and balanced lifestyle
  • cultivating a sense of personal responsibility and accountability
  • honoring diverse thoughts, perspectives and cultures

Sports facilities

The Byron Recreational Complex, contains three newly re-surfaced courts with a 1/10 mile track around the perimeter.   Each court can be used for basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis and a variety of other activities.

The Fitness Center is located on Mulberry Street in Pilarz Hall and was constucted in 2011. This 14,000 square foot facility is home to 44 pieces of cardio equipment, each equipped with individual cardio theatre, as well as 22 pieces of Cybex VR3 selectorized weight machines and a state of the art free weight area.  Proper attire, inlcuding full t-shirts and close toe shoes are required.

Student clubs

There are more than 80 active clubs and organizations overseen by The Office of Student Government, where you can bust a move with the Urban Dance Crew, prove your athleticism on the Ultimate Frisbee Club, explore the outdoors with the Mountain Sports Club, or help those in need with the Habitat for Humanity Club.

There are many different types of clubs and activities on campus, including:

  • Academic organizations
  • Cultural/ethnic groups
  • Hobby/special interest groups
  • Media organizations
  • Political and social issues groups
  • Service and spiritual groups
  • Student government and event programming boards


AACSB International accreditation signifies that business schools:

  • Manage resources to achieve a vibrant and relevant mission
  • Advance business and management knowledge through faculty scholarship
  • Provide high-caliber teaching of quality and current curricula
  • Cultivate meaningful interaction between students and a qualified faculty
  • Produce graduates who have achieved specified learning goals
  • Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

The University of Scranton is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States