The University of Scranton was founded as Saint Thomas College by Most Reverend William G. O’Hara, D.D., the first Bishop of Scranton, who had always hoped to provide an opportunity for higher education in the Lackawanna Valley. In August 1888, with few resources at hand, he blessed a single block of granite as a cornerstone for his new college, which would admit its first students four years later. The cornerstone of Old Main is preserved in the wall of St. Thomas Hall.
Scranton is the main metropolitan area in Northeastern Pennsylvania, a mountainous region filled with lakes, parks, hiking and biking trails, and outdoor activities for every season. It is a city of 75,000 people within a greater metropolitan area of 750,000, and is home to five colleges and universities.
Its nickname is the Electric City because it was the first in the nation to have electric-powered street cars. It's also the setting of the ubiquitous sitcom, "The Office."
Before it was Scranton, this area was the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Lenape, the Munsee, the Shawnee, and the Susquehannocks. To learn more about Scranton's story, past and present, visit the "Scranton's Story, Our Nation's Story" website.
The University of Scranton is deeply committed to its Catholic and Jesuit mission. The Jesuit ideals of a commitment to excellence and care for students as unique individuals are not only understood here, they are lived in countless ways.
Students live and learn at Scranton within an incomparable community. Our world-class faculty and dedicated staff work tirelessly to provide a deep, purposeful education to our students and to ensure that they have a transformative experience during their years at Scranton. From the classroom to the far reaches of the globe, students pursue an in-depth life of the mind and learn what authentic care for the other truly means.
As a Jesuit institution, we share in the hope that a Scranton education will inspire our students to be "a fire that kindles other fires," joining our more than 51,000 alumni in making positive change in the world.
Scranton students engage in the classroom, laboratory, internship or clinical experience thanks to the strength of our academics, focus on practical experience and service, and extraordinary mentorship. Much is expected of our students. We challenge them at all levels of study – undergraduate, graduate and doctoral – and help pave their paths to success in college, their careers and their lives.