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University of Scranton, Scranton

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The University of Scranton is a private Jesuit university in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1888 by William O'Hara, the first Bishop of Scranton, as St. Thomas College. In 1938, the college was elevated to university status and took the name The University of Scranton. 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. In 1942, the Society of Jesus took ownership and control of the university. During the 1960s, the university became an independent institution under a lay Board of Trustees.

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 contain both undergraduate and graduate programs. Previously, the university had a College of Graduate and Continuing Education, which has 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, a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, and a Doctor of Business Administration Program.
The university enrolls approximately 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Most of its students are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. In 2016, about 58% of its undergraduate students were women and 42% men. In its graduate programs, about 62% are women students and 38% men. The university has about 300 full-time faculty members, approximately 200 of which are tenured.
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  • This school and this city are representative of some of the best things about America. Definitely worth the time to check out the campus.  more »
  • My daughter attends University of Scranton. The Jesuits will truly care for your kids and provide a great environment to learn. Charming Campus.  more »
  • Top notch university. Enjoy my learning here. Good facilities, friendly atmosphere, lovely town. Thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended. Excellent as always!
  • Eloquent combination of humor, a tasteful mood, and a connection to the past, present, and future. Quite a find in a city with little more to offer then questionable seafood, and at times worrying air quality.

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