main image

Outcomes and National Recognition

Scranton is devoted to providing its students with a transformational learning experience and a bright future. Year after year, the University and its students are recognized for everything from academic excellence to commitment to service.

National Recognition

  • The University was named a Best College for 2024 by U.S. News & World Report and has been  among the 10 top master's universities in the North for 30 consecutive years. In the most recent edition, Scranton ranked No. 5 and was also recognized for  "Best Undergraduate Teaching" (No. 8).
  • In national rankings, U.S. News included Scranton among the nation’s:
    • "Best Undergraduate Programs in Accounting" 
    • "Best Undergraduate Programs in Finance"
    • "Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs"
    • "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" (where a doctorate is not offered),
    • "Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs"
    • "Best Undergraduate Business Programs"
       2024 US News badge for "Best Regional Universities in the North"     2024 US News badge for best undergraduate teaching      2024 US News badge for best undergraduate nursing programs     2024 US News badge for best business programs
  • The National League of Nursing named Scranton's nursing program a "Center of Excellence."
  • The Princeton Review has included Scranton among its Best Colleges  for the past 22 years.
  • Washington Monthly  ranked Scranton No. 10 among the 604 master's universities in the nation in the "community and national service" category. The publication also ranked the college No. 37 for research and No. 183 for social mobility. 
  • For 18 consecutive years, the University's Kania School of Management has been included among The Princeton Review's Best Business Schools.
  • In the past six years, The Princeton Review has recognized the University as a  "Top Green College" for its commitment to sustainability and among the top 25 for :
    • Best Campus Food
    • Best Science Labs
    • Best College Dorms
    • Students Most Engaged in Community Service
    • Best-run Colleges
    • Students Love These Colleges
    • Everyone Plays Intramural Sports
    • Most Religious Students.
  • Forbes places Scranton on its 2022 list of "America's Top Colleges," marking the 14th year the university has made the list.
  • The Wall Street Journal  has ranked Scranton among its  "2024 Best Colleges in the U.S." and recognized the University for its impact on graduation rates and graduates' salaries.
  • The University is among the  "Best Catholic Colleges" according to:
    • Catholic Colleges: No. 14  Catholic college in the nation and  No. 3  in Pennsylvania.
    • College Factual: No. 17 in its 2022 list of “Best Colleges Affiliated as Roman Catholic Nationwide.”
    • Niche.com:  No. 24 in its list of 2023 Best Catholic Colleges in America.
    • College Choice: No. 23  on its list of Top Catholic Colleges and Universities in the nation.
  • The University ranked as one of the  26 Healthiest colleges  in the United States, according to a September 2016 listing posted on Greatist.com, an online source for health and fitness information.
  • In a July 2011 article titled The Friendliest Colleges, published by The Huffington Post, Scranton was ranked among the eight most pleasant colleges in the country.
  • The С's dining facilities and residence halls are among the best in the nation, according to a ranking by Business Insider.

An Outstanding Value

  • US News & World Report  ranked Scranton No. 54 as a "Best Value Regional University in the North," which compares academic quality of programs to cost of attendance. This is the tenth consecutive year, U.S. News  has recognized Scranton  as a "Best Value" school.
  • The University is listed among the 198 colleges in the nation included in the 11th edition of Barron's   Best Buys in College Education.
  • Forbes magazine has ranked Scranton as one of  America's Top Colleges for value  for 13 years.
  • MONEY magazine gave Scranton its second highest star rating (4.5 stars) in its selection of the 2023 “Best Colleges in America” based on value. The University was one of just 189 in the nation to receive this rating. 
  • In 2016,  Washington Monthly ranked Scranton No. 67 in its Best Bang for the Buck  listing.

Master's Recognition

  • In its 2024-2025  Best Graduate Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report placed several of Scranton's graduate programs among the top in the nation. Our rankings include: 
    • occupational therapy (No. 53)
    • nurse anesthesia (No. 93)
    • physical therapy (164).
    • Best Nursing Schools: Master's (No. 124)
    • Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice (No. 130)
    • MBA specialty programs:
      • accounting (No. 19)
      • business analytics (No. 25)
      • finance (No. 28)
    • Part-time MBA program (No. 110) 
  • Our online Master of Accountancy degree is one of the top such programs in the United States. 
    • Fortune magazine ranked it No. 9 in the nation in its inaugural Best Master's in Accounting Programs for 2023.
    • Intelligent.com ranked the degree No. 4 in the nation in 2024.
    • Best Colleges, an independent online higher education resource, ranked it  No. 1 in the nation in 2017.
  • Our online master's in health informatics is among the top in the nation.
    • Forbes ranked the program No. 6 in the U.S. in 2024.
    • Best Colleges ranked it No. 7 in the nation in 2023.
  • U.S. News & World Report's  2024  "Best Online Programs" ranked the University's online master's degree in business (excluding MBA) at No. 52 and its online MBA program at No. 120 in the nation. This is the 13th consecutive year that U.S. News ranked the University's online programs among the best in the nation.
  • U.S. News ranked Scranton ranked No. 72 in the country for “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans” in 2023.
  • Fortune ranked the University’s online MBA program at No. 62 in the nation in its 2022 ranking of the “Best Online MBAs.”
  • Our online MBA specializations continue to garner top accolades. 
    • Forbes ranked our online MBA specialization in international business one of the top four programs in the country in 2024.
    • Intelligent.com ranked our online MBA specialization in healthcare management No. 13 in the nation in 2024.
  • Our MBA program was ranked among the  top 15 in the nation for general management  by  Entrepreneur  magazine and The Princeton Review.
  • Our master's in health administration (MHA) program ranked No. 1 in the nation for full-time enrolled students in a list published by Modern Healthcare, a health care business weekly magazine, and our online MHA program was ranked No. 2 in the nation by College Choice.
  • Washington Monthly ranked Scranton No. 47 among master's universities in the nation for our graduates' contribution to social mobility, research and service.

Academic Excellence

  • Since 1972, 129 graduates of The С have earned Fulbrights.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education has consistently listed the University among the "top producers" of Fulbright awards for American students.
  • In the last 15 years, Scranton students earned five Truman Scholarships, 12 Goldwater Scholarships and a Mitchell Scholarship.
  • Scranton's first-year retention rate is 85 percent. The average rate, nationally, for selective bachelor's/master's institutions is 82 percent. (Please note that the "average rate" is the average of the last four years.)
  • The University has earned accreditation from 16 different accrediting agencies, including recognition by the nation's most prestigious bodies in the fields of business and management, nursing, computer science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chemistry and counseling.
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1, and the average class size is 20.
  • 85 percent of faculty members hold doctoral degrees and 59 percent are tenured. Members of the faculty hold degrees from 306 different universities in 29 countries on five continents.
  • Carrying on a tradition that spans more than three decades, Scranton students from nearly every undergraduate degree program have studied abroad. To date, students have studied in 53 countries and on every continent except Antarctica. A few hundred Scranton students study abroad each year.
  • The University's NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program has produced 44 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since 1981. In addition, 17 graduates have earned NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships since 1974.
  • The Classes of 2021 and 2022 completed both in-person and remote internships at 927 organizations in 27 different states, plus the District of Columbia, Belgium, Canada, China, England, Germany, Panama, Spain, Sweden, and Vietnam.
  • Students from other countries have studied at the University for more than 50 years. Forty-three states and 29 foreign countries are represented in the University's student body

Successful Outcomes

  • 99% of the Class of 2022 were employed, continuing their education or engaging in service within one year of graduating.
  • The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workf