The University of Scranton is a private, co-educational Catholic and Jesuit university, located in Scranton, Pennsylvania
The University of Scranton was founded in 1888 by Most Rev. William O’Hara, the first Bishop of Scranton, as St. Thomas College. It was elevated to university status in 1938, taking the name the University of Scranton. The institution was operated by the Diocese of Scranton, and later the Lasallian Christian Brothers, from 1888 to 1942. In 1942, Bishop William Joseph Hafey invited the Society of Jesus to take charge of the university. Today, 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.
The university is composed of four colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Kania School of Management, The Panuska College of Professional Studies, and The College of Graduate and Continuing Education (a recent merger of the Graduate School and The Dexter Hanley College).
The university grants undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science) in 61 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 24 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.