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Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Admission and Expenses

The University of Scranton is a selective institution, offering a flexible liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care for each person and the whole person).


In reaching the admissions decision, the Admissions Committee of The University of Scranton considers a number of factors: academic ability, intellectual curiosity, strength of character and motivation, as evidenced by the student’s cumulative GPA, class rank, SAT I and/or ACT scores, extracurricular activities, personal statement and letter of recommendation.

University Information

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers prospective students a wide variety of information about The University of Scranton through various publications. Prospective students can request materials by contacting:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The Estate, The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Telephone: (570) 941-7540 or
Fax: (570) 941-5928

Required High School Preparation

Students wishing to enroll in any of the undergraduate programs offered by the University must have completed a total of 16 or more high school academic units covering grades 9-12. The term “unit” refers to a high school course taught four or five hours weekly throughout an academic year of 36 weeks’ duration. Unit requirements and preferred distribution of secondary courses are given in the table below.

  College Program Choice
High School Unit Arts   Business, Science, OT, Engineering   Education, Social Science
  Req. Pref.   Req. Pref.   Req. Pref.
English 4 4   4 4   4 4
History and Social Science 2 3   2 3   2 3
Foreign Language 2 2+   2 2+   2 2+
College-Preparatory Mathematics 3 4   4 4   3 4
Science 1 2+   3 3+   1 2+
Other Acceptable Units 4     1     4  







Applicants without high school credit in modern languages may be accepted if they present 16 acceptable units. A single year of language in high school will not be counted as a unit to satisfy the requirements for admission.

Mathematics includes elementary, intermediate and advanced algebra; plane and solid geometry; trigonometry; analysis; and any other college-preparatory course. Applicants for science and engineering programs must include trigonometry and must have earned a grade of 85 in each mathematics course. Applicants for the nursing program should include chemistry and biology in their high school programs.

Science includes biology, chemistry, physics and other college-preparatory courses. Engineering applicants are urged to include physics in their high school preparation.

Campus Visit Programs

The best way to experience The University of Scranton is to visit. Individuals can schedule a visit that includes a campus tour, a group information session and/or an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Tours and group information sessions are available on weekdays and select Saturdays throughout the year. Additional visit opportunities include two fall Open Houses and, in the spring, Royal Nights overnight programs and Preview Day are open to accepted students. To schedule a visit, please call 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-6654, or go to www.scranton.edu/visit.

Submitting an Application

Students should apply during the first semester of their senior year of high school. The early action deadline is November 15. For all applicants, early action offers will be made on December 15. From that time on, all applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a four- to six-week turnaround and a preferred final application deadline of March 1.

Students may apply online for free using The University of Scranton’s application or the Common Application; for more information, visit www.scranton.edu/apply. Students must also submit an official high school transcript from their guidance office, an essay and a letter of recommendation.

The SAT I: Reasoning Test (College Entrance Examination Board) or the ACT (American College Testing) exam is accepted. These tests should be taken during the junior year and/or senior year of high school. The Admissions Committee will consider applicants’ best math and critical reading scores on the SAT I test. The Committee will not consider the scores of the SAT I writing test in the application process. During Summer Orientation, the University administers its own placement tests. Therefore, applicants are not required to take the SAT II, nor is the writing component of the ACT required.

A select group of students may apply SAT/ACT Optional, as the Admissions Committee recognizes that standardized test scores are not always indicative of a student’s academic ability or potential. To apply SAT/ACT Optional, a student must be in the top 30% of the class or have a 3.2 GPA (4.0 scale) if the school does not report rank. Students applying SAT/ACT Optional must submit two graded papers from high school and may be requested to schedule an on-campus interview. The SAT/ACT Optional application deadline is November 15.

Students applying to the Nursing, Occupational Therapy or Doctor of Physical Therapy (guaranteed admission) programs must submit standardized scores and may not apply SAT/ACT Optional. For more information about applying SAT/ACT Optional, visit www.scranton.edu/apply.

Confirmation Fee

Accepted students who wish to confirm their place in the freshman class should submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit by May 1 of $300 for residential students or $150 for commuter students.

Advanced Placement

Applicants who have taken college-level courses in high school may be placed in advanced courses and may be given credits as well. Students who have been accepted for admission and desire to apply for such placement must take the Advanced Placement Examination offered in May by the College Entrance Examination Board, www.collegeboard.com. Students can have their results sent automatically to the University by providing the school code (2929). For more information on AP credits, visit www.scranton.edu/collegecredit.

Biology and Biophysics majors cannot receive biology credits. Students pursuing a pre-medical program should be aware that many medical schools do not accept AP credit for required pre-medical courses.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Through the CLEP tests, taken before admission, applicants may gain college credit in most academic subjects for work done outside the classroom in jobs, military service, etc., or in non-accredited institutions. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.com. Students wishing to be considered for CLEP credits should take the CLEP examinations and have the results forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students

The University of Scranton has been educating international students since 1946 and remains committed to that tradition. At present, approximately 23 different countries are represented by undergraduate and graduate students.

For information regarding application requirements for international students, please see College of Graduate and Continuing Education .

The University’s Office of International Programs and Services and the International Center provide international students with advice, support and resources to ensure a smooth transition to a new culture and educational system. Additional information about support programs and services for international students can be found later in this catalog in the section on the Office of International Programs and Services.

The University has a house on campus that serves as a mosque for the use of Muslim students. It is available for daily prayers as well as the Friday prayer.

International Baccalaureate Policy

The University of Scranton recognizes the academic quality of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Students who have completed higher-level IB courses and who demonstrate a substantial level of achievement as represented by their performance on the relevant IB examination(s) may earn advanced placement credit. For more information on IB credits, visit www.scranton.edu/collegecredit.

Students with Disabilities

The University of Scranton complies with all applicable laws and regulations with respect to the accommodation of handicaps and disabilities as these terms are defined in law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations so students can fully participate in curricular and extracurricular activities. Students who need assistance should make timely contact with the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at (570) 941-4038.

Special Admission Programs

Academic Development Program

The Academic Development Program (ADP) is designed for students who demonstrate academic achievement and the potential to excel, but whose grades and SAT/ACT scores indicate the need to refine their verbal skills to meet the challenges of college-level coursework. The ADP will help students sharpen their verbal skills, and equip them to approach their course work with efficiency and confidence. The ADP is conducted over the course of the freshman year and provides students with courses in research and study skills, as well as writing support, coordinated instruction, academic advising, tutoring and mentoring. Students who complete all requirements of the ADP have normal sophomore standing.

The ADP core of courses consists of Education 113 (Reading and Research), Communication 100 (Public Speaking), and Writing 105-106 (College Writing I-II); all members of the ADP will be assigned to the same sections for all three of these courses. Faculty members collaborate so that the curriculum emphasizes the connections among the courses and provides the best opportunities to improve verbal skills. All students in the ADP are required to attend Intersession during their freshman year. Students in the ADP may be subject to dismissal if they do not successfully complete the core courses with a grade of C or better. For more information, please contact James V. Muniz, Academic Development Program Director, at (570) 941-4218 or munizj1@scranton.edu.

Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Program is designed for students who demonstrate the potential to excel and the desire to attend college, but who require additional preparatory work before beginning full-time college studies. The decision to place a student in Summer Bridge is based on a careful examination of high school transcripts, standardized test scores, letter(s) of recommendation and extracurricular activities. Summer Bridge assists students in making the transition from high school to college, focusing on the development of students’ reading, writing and public speaking skills. Students complete courses in the summer before their freshman year with a schedule that is tailored exclusively to their needs. In addition, the director of the program serves as a mentor, ensuring that students have access to necessary University resources.

The University of Scranton requires a grade of C or higher in each of the Summer Bridge core courses for successful completion of the program. If students successfully complete Summer Bridge, they will be admitted to the University as full-time freshmen for the fall semester. Students who do not fulfill the Summer Bridge requirements may not be admitted as freshmen for the fall semester. Summer Bridge students must maintain at least a C average, or a 2.00 quality point average, during their freshman year, or they will be subject to dismissal. Participants may also be ineligible for certain majors until they demonstrate an ability to perform at a departmentally determined academic level and a departmental review is completed. For more information, please contact James V. Muniz, Summer Bridge Program Director, at (570) 941-4218 or munizj1@scranton.edu.

Transfer Student Admission

Any student who wishes to transfer to The University of Scranton must submit an application and the usual credentials: official high school records, SAT/ACT scores, personal statement, letter of recommendation and transcript(s) from the college(s) attended. All official transcripts must be submitted regardless of whether or not credit was earned. At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, students from other accredited colleges may be admitted provided:

  1. The courses to be transferred are equivalent or comparable to courses offered at The University of Scranton;
  2. Students are required to follow all requirements prescribed for the degree program at The University of Scranton;
  3. Only courses taken at regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated for transfer credit;
  4. No credit will be given for courses with grades less than C.

Transfer credit is reviewed on an individual basis. Students transferring are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits for an associate’s degree or 63 credits for a baccalaureate degree at The University of Scranton. Special orientation sessions are held for transfer students. It should be noted that most departments require that at least half of the credits in the student’s major be taken here at the University.

For more information please contact Deborah A. Lipinski, Senior Assistant Director of Transfer & Adult Admissions, at (570) 941-4839 or transfer@scranton.edu.

Validation of Business Transfer Courses

Students may validate courses taken at a non-AACSB institution by successfully completing one or more advanced courses in the subject for which the course in transfer is a foundation course. Approval is granted by the Dean of the Kania School of Management. This applies only to lower-division transfer courses which the University offers at the upper-division level.

Tuition Payments

Each semester an invoice displaying your courses, your room assignments and your semester charges will be mailed to your mailing address. The tuition and fees are payable by the due date listed on the invoice. You must return the Remittance Form attached to the bottom of the invoice with payment by the due date. Students paying their bills via the monthly payment plan or with financial aid must also return the Remittance Form indicating their source of funding.

Without exception, lab fees must be paid for all courses with a lab requirement. Also, the University Fee must be paid by all College of Arts and Sciences, Panuska College of Professional Studies and Kania School of Management students registered for courses.

No student shall be permitted to receive any degree, certificate or transcript of record until the student’s financial account with the University has been settled. For students who graduate or withdraw from the University, any financial account not settled with the University Bursar’s Office will be forwarded to an external collection agency. At the time an account is placed with an agency, collection costs become the responsibility of the student, and they will be added to the balance due to the University.

Monthly Payments

The University accepts monthly payment through participation with ECSI. For information regarding our monthly payment plan, please go to www.scranton.edu/financialaid. Information inviting family participation in a 10-month payment plan is mailed to parents of all incoming students in June. An enrollment form will also be sent with the fall invoice in July and with the spring invoice in December.

Tuition Insurance

The University, through A.W.G. Dewar, Inc., provides the Tuition Refund Plan (TRP). The plan helps protect your educational investment. When combined with the University’s published refund policy, reimbursement totaling 100% of tuition and room and board charges billed by the University will be made if you must withdraw from a term because of a personal illness or accident. In case of withdrawal due to a mental or nervous disorder, 60% of the above charges are covered. Application information is available from the Bursar’s Office or you may call A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. at (617) 774-1555.

Alumni Discount

Individuals who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree from The University of Scranton and are taking undergraduate, credit-bearing courses are eligible for 50% tuition reduction.

Family Tuition Reduction

The family tuition-reduction policy applies whenever two or more dependent children from the same family are in attendance during the same semester at the University as full-time undergraduate students. The reduction also applies whenever at least one dependent child in a family is in attendance at the University as a full-time undergraduate student and a parent is enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student. The tuition deduction is equivalent to each student’s semester tuition multiplied by 10%. The Family Tuition Reduction form must be completed each year to receive the reduction for that year. Forms and additional information may be obtained from the Bursar’s Office (Web site: www.scranton.edu/bursar).

Tuition Refunds

The tuition refund calendar applies to all University students. The amount of tuition refund is dependent on the formal date of withdrawal. Both tuition and fees are refundable during the 100% refund period of a semester. During the partial refund periods, the refund percentage applies only to tuition; laboratory and special service fees are not refundable.

A student billed flat-rate tuition who drops a course(s) within a semester, yet remains enrolled for the semester, may be entitled to a refund following the calendar under two scenarios. If the total course load remaining is below the flat-rate tuition minimum credit load (12 credits), then an applicable refund will calculate. Or, if prior to dropping the course(s), the student’s course load was greater than the flat-tuition maximum credit load (18 credits), an applicable refund will calculate.

Recipients of Federal Title IV Financial Aid who completely withdraw are governed by the Federal Refund Policy detailed in the Financial Aid section of the catalog.

Royal ePay

Royal ePay is a partnership between The University of Scranton and PNC Bank. Royal ePay will replace the pickup or mailing of refund checks from the Bursar’s Office and work study checks from the Payroll Office with a faster, more efficient Direct Deposit process.

You will still request your refund from the Bursar’s Office, and your hours and work study pay information are still processed by the Payroll Office. PNC Bank will deliver those funds into your bank account or mail you a check, depending on what you have selected in the Royal ePay site.

Activating the Direct Deposit will allow you to receive your funds within 2-3 days; while opting to receive a paper check could take 7-10 days. You will receive an e-mail when a deposit is made through the Royal ePay system.

If you are due a refund or a paycheck, and you have not entered the Royal ePay site, PNC Bank will automatically send a paper check to your mailing address.

Health Insurance

Student Health Services can provide information about alternative health insurance plans for students who do not have insurance coverage or coverage that is inadequate to meet their needs while enrolled. All students must be covered by adequate health insurance because unexpected serious illness or injury can have a great impact on college financial plans. University fees cover on-campus health services. Care by community providers such as laboratory, x-ray, private physicians or specialists, hospital emergency department visits, or hospital admission are subject to insurance coverage or private payment.

Student Identification Cards

The University of Scranton provides students with a “one card” photo-identification system – the Royal Card. Every student attending the University must have a current Royal Card. This card must be presented upon demand for student services in athletic facilities and the library. The Royal card is used for management of meal plans in the dining facilities, access to residence halls and secured administrative buildings, photocopying and printing in the library, and as a debit card account for many Point of Sale, vending and laundry locations on campus. For more information about the Royal Card, contact the Technology Support Center at (570) 941-4357 or www.scranton.edu/royalcard.

Tuition and Fees 2011-2012

The University of Scranton charges all full-time undergraduate students a comprehensive or flat tuition charge for the fall and spring semesters. Not included in the charge are expenses for books and supplies, special service fees and laboratory fees. Room and board charges are assessed based on the housing option and meal plan selected.


Full-Time Student Tuition, per year


Includes 12 to 18 credits taken in each of the fall or spring semesters only. Credits taken during intersession or summer sessions or those taken above 18 credits in one semester are charged at the rate of $919 per credit in the fall, intersession and spring and $753 in the summer.

 Tuition for Special Programs: Special Jesuit Liberal Arts program students will be allowed to take up to 21 credits per semester (fall and spring) at no additional charge above the flat-tuition rate. During their junior and senior years, students in the Honors Program and Business Leadership Program will be allowed to take up to 21 credits per semester at no additional charge above the flat-tuition rate.

Room Charges

Room charges are assessed per semester. Room fees cover intersession housing but an additional fee is assessed for any meal plan. No fees include vacation periods.

Class AA, per semester

$4,233 (single), $3,850 (double)

Single: Madison Square, Mulberry Plaza, Mulberry Street Apartment Complex; Double: Mulberry Plaza

Class A, per semester


Condron, Katharine Drexel, Gavigan, Redington, Elizabeth Ann Seton

Class B, per semester


Blair, Casey, Denis Edward, Driscoll, Fayette, Fitch, Gannon, Gonzaga, Hafey, Hannan, Lavis, Liva, Lynett, Martin, McCormick, McCourt, McGowan, Nevils

Other Room Charges

Room Damage Deposit


Summer Session Housing  

Summer room charges (sessions I and II)


“G” Session


Summer Bridge Program


Residency Requirements

The University requires all first- and second-year undergraduate students to live in campus housing. Exceptions to this policy are limited to students who reside with a parent, legal guardian or spouse; are 21 years of age or older; or present other documented extenuating circumstances. The Admissions Office will determine a student’s residency status upon admission to the University.


Board charges are assessed per semester. No fees include vacation periods.

Standard Meal Plans


Unlimited meals per week, per session


$643 in Intersession. All freshmen living in University housing must participate in the unlimited meal plan during the entire freshman year. Additional information about meal plans can be found in the Student Life section of the catalog or by contacting Dining Services at (570) 941-7456.

14 meals per week, per session


$513 in Intersession


10 meals per week, per session


$380 in Intersession



Flex Plus Meal Plans


The new meal options – or “plus” plans – offer the same number of meals, but the choice to add an additional $100 of flex dollars to each plan.


Unlimited meals per week, per session


14 meals per week, per session


10 meals per week, per session




Ordinary Fees


University Fee, per semester


Continuation Fee (in lieu of University Fee for students not in residence), per semester


Medical Leave Fee, per semester


Reader (Individual Study) Fee, per credit, in addition to regular tuition


Breakage Fee


Graduating students only: Commencement/Yearbook Fee


Freshman Orientation Fee


Transfer Orientation Fee


Laboratory Fees



Biology, per course, per semester


Chemistry, per lab hour, per semester


Physics, per course, per semester


Psychology, per course., per semester


Medical Tech Intern, per semester




Film Screen Fee, per course, per semester


Writing Fee, per course, per semester (excluding WRTG 105 , WRTG 106 , WRTG 107 )




Radio Lab Fee, per course, per semester


TV Lab Fee, per course, per semester




Film Screen Fee, HIST 212  & HIST 218 , per course, per semester 


Political Science


European Union Simulation Fee, PS 331 , per course, per semester


Foreign Languages


Language Lab Fee, per course, per semester




Clinical Lab, per hour, per semester, 200-, 300- and 400-level courses


Clinical Lab, per clinical course, RN NURS 481 and 490


Occupational Therapy


 Clinical Lab, per hour, per semester


Art and Music


Music Fee (MUS 111 , MUS 112 , MUS 219 )  


All Art Courses Lab Fee, per course, per semester


All Art History Courses (except ARTH 140), per course, per semester


Art/Music (ARMU 140)


Art/Music (ARMU 141)



Special Service Fees

Late Tuition Payment Fee


Returned Check Fee


Late Registration Free


Requested change of schedule after classes begin


Change of Major Fee


Off-Campus Course Permission Fee


Certified transcript (per copy)


Tuition Refund Schedule

Fall/Spring Semester


Before the first day of classes; to and including 10 calendar days


To and including 17 calendar days


To and including 24 calendar days


To and including 31 calendar days


Beyond 31 calendar days

No refund

Intersession/Summer Sessions


Before the first day of classes; to and including 2 calendar days


To and including 4 calendar days


Beyond 4 calendar days of the session

No refund