Feb 28, 2024  
Student Handbook 2019-2020 
Student Handbook 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Message from the President and Student Government

Dear Students,

Welcome to The University of Scranton or, to our returning students, welcome home. It remains the great privilege of my Jesuit Life to serve as President of this remarkable Catholic and Jesuit University.

More than anything, Scranton is defined by its distinctly and palpable community – one that is built and sustained by our shared commitment to each other and to the common good. Students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni are forever bound to The University of Scranton and to the deep love and devotion that this work of God inspires.

The University of Scranton is part of a centuries’ old educational tradition. The experiences available to you during your years here are the result of the experiences of St. Ignatius Loyola and his first Jesuit companions who met while studying at the University of Paris. After years of studying, working and praying together, they formed the Society of Jesus and established schools around the world for the greater glory of God and the well-being of human kind. Across the centuries, the core values of Jesuit education have not changed.

It is our hope at Scranton that you will explore and embrace those Jesuit principles, especially in striving to be men and women for others in a world waiting to be made more gentle, more just.

God bless you, God bless Catholic and Jesuit education and God bless The University of Scranton.


Scott R. Pilarz, S.J



Dear Fellow Students,

Welcome back for the 2019-20 academic year and a special welcome to the Class of 2023! It’s great to be back home.  To the Class of 2023, many of you felt a unique sense of “community” that drew you to Scranton and you are now a part of this wonderful community.  Hopefully, you’ve already begun to experience the special place that is The University of Scranton.

At The University of Scranton, we take the Jesuit ideal of Magis to heart, striving to do more for God and for others while being grateful for the opportunities we have at Scranton. You are all part of a community in which friends, faculty, administrators, and staff will push you to do your best and catch you if you push too hard. You are in the presence of people who want to see you succeed, but your success begins with you! Use your time at the University wisely, and challenge yourself to reach your full potential!

As your semesters here quickly go by, make sure to stay in the moment and appreciate your college years. One of our biggest pieces of advice for you is to get involved! Take a leadership position, join clubs or teams, or consider service opportunities! If you do not see your interests represented, work with Student Government to bring your ideas to fruition. Getting involved is a great way to develop yourself as a person and leader while also making friendships that you will cherish forever.

At times, you will face challenges and become stressed. Remember to lean in to your Scranton family and make use of our wonderful campus resources. It is during the most difficult of times that we deepen our connection with one another. Take advantage of your years in Scranton by setting yourself up for the best future you could imagine. You have the special opportunity to leave a lasting, positive legacy on our community. The University of Scranton becomes more than just a home for us; it becomes a part of who we are.

As the 2019-20 President and Vice President of Student Government, we are committed to serving as a resource for all undergraduate students. We look forward to meeting you, advocating for you, serving your ideas and interests, and creating an inclusive community unlike any other. We, along with Student Government as a whole, are a resource for you. Do not hesitate to call or email us (studentgovernment@scranton.edu), drop by our office in the DeNaples Center Student Forum (205R), or attend any of our public meetings to voice questions or concerns. Finally, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @uofssg to stay up to date on Student Government events and opportunities!

Best of Luck,

Fahad Ashraf and Jeff Colucci

Student Government President & Vice-President

Fahad Ashraf


Student Government

Class of 2020


Jeff Colucci

Vice President

Student Government

Class of 2021