The University of Scranton: Narrative Description

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800 Linden St.
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: (570)941-7400; 888-SCRANTON; Admissions: (570)941-7540; Fax: (570)941-5928; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent Roman Catholic (Jesuit), comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1888. Setting: 50-acre urban campus. Endowment: $78.7 million. Total enrollment: 4,679. Faculty: 396 (247 full-time, 149 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 5,669 applied, 75% were admitted. 23% from top 10% of their high school class, 58% from top quarter, 87% from top half. 22 National Merit Scholars, 17 class presidents, 16 valedictorians, 183 student government officers. Full-time: 3,773 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 300 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 12 other countries, 49% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 7% 25 or older, 50% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 89% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; communications/communication technologies; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Marywood University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: essay. Required for some: 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 11/15 for early action. Notification: continuous until 5/1, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $30,743 includes full-time tuition ($21,208), mandatory fees ($200), and college room and board ($9335). College room only: $5532. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level, program, and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $590 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to degree level and student level.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 80 open to all. Most popular organizations: Service-Oriented Students Club, United Colors, retreat program, Biology/Pre-Medicine Club, Pre-Law Society. Major annual events: Spring Fling, Senior Formal, President's Ball. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,108 college housing spaces available; 2,028 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library plus 1 other with 443,144 books, 507,750 microform titles, 1,750 serials, 13,075 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $3 million. 837 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Settled in the late eighteenth century, Scranton is the commercial and industrial center of northeast Pennsylvania. Scranton's manufactured items include textiles, clothing, electronic equipment, furniture, plastic, canvas, and metal products. Lying in the Appalachian Mountains on the Lackawana River, Scranton is 10 minutes from the Montage Ski and Recreation Area. Also of interest are the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art, Steamtown, and McDade State Park and Coal Mine Tour.

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