May 22, 2024  
Student Handbook 2020-2021 
Student Handbook 2020-2021 [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 Students,

Welcome back! We couldn’t be happier to be back together after departing campus early in the spring—it’s good to be home. A special welcome to the Class of 2024 — welcome to our Scranton family!

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 all the opportunities we have at Scranton. You are all part of a community in which friends, faculty, administrators, and staff will push you to always do your best. 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!

Take advantage and appreciate every single minute here because the time goes so fast. It is going to be a unique year for us all with new challenges ahead. Navigating these challenges will present us with opportunities to be resilient, impress ourselves, and become an even stronger community. It is during the most difficult of times that we deepen our connection with one another.

We know that Scranton is not just a place, it’s a community of people. Scranton people show up and are always there for one another, even if it’s virtually. To quote St. Robert Southwell, S.J., “Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live.” This quote, etched above the door to the DeNaples Campus Center, certainly could not be more true for us. We love this place—and these people in such a unique way. We are not just a University community; we are a family as Scranton becomes a part of us forever.

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.

As the 2020-21 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. We, along with Student Government as a whole, are a resource for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us at, on Instagram @uofssg, or attend any of our public meetings to voice questions or concerns.

Follow us on Instagram @uofssg to stay up to date on Student Government events and opportunities on campus!


Jeffrey Colucci & Matthew Marcotte

Student Government President & Vice-President

Jeffrey Colucci


Student Government

Class of 2021

Matthew Marcotte

Vice President

Student Government

Class of 2021