Comparison of The University of Scranton to Other Colleges in Our Area By:
For high school seniors and other prospective students, trying to figure out which college to go to can be difficult. With so many schools to choose from, it can be overwhelming to try and make a decision on which college is the best one to go to.
SchoolLocationYear EstablishedType of SchoolReligious Affiliation University of Scranton Scranton, PA1888 4-year, Private not-for- profit Roman Catholic Marywood University Scranton, PA1915 4-year, Private not-for- profit Roman Catholic Misercordia University Dallas, PA1924 4-year, Private not-for- profit Roman Catholic King’s College Wilkes-Barre, PA1946 4-year, Private not-for- profit Roman Catholic Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA1933 4-year, Private not-for- profit Non-denominational Here is some basic information on all five schools.
University of Scranton is the oldest school while King’s College is the youngest. 1888 1946
Compared to the other colleges, the University of Scranton has the highest tuition and is increasing at a higher rate compared to the other schools. Misericordia University is the cheapest of the five. The cost of going to college can be an issue to many people. For someone who is very financially limited, Scranton should be near the bottom of their list of choices. It costs almost $10,000 more than Misericordia! Tuition Average Rate of Increase Per YearAverage % Change Per Year $ 1,926.005.9% $ 1,020.003.9% $ 1,013.334.2% $ 1,032.674.0% $ 1,064.674.2%
H OWEVER, DESPITE ITS HIGH TUITION, STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON RECEIVE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE FINANCIAL AID THAN THE OTHER COLLEGES. IRONICALLY, STUDENTS IN MISERICORDIA, WHICH HAS THE LOWEST TUITION, RECEIVE THE LOWEST TOTAL AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL AID. IT IS ALSO WORTH MENTIONING THAT ROOM & BOARD IS INCREASING AT A HIGHER RATE AT MISERICORDIA AND MARYWOOD THAN SCRANTON.
Enrollment The size and population of the college can be a factor in a person’s decision. Some people prefer smaller colleges than larger ones. All five colleges have a relatively small number of students compared to other schools such as Penn State. Compared to each other, the University of Scranton and Wilkes University have the most students, while Misericordia and King’s have the least.
Schools Number of Applicants MaleFemale % Admitted and Enrolled Total New Students Enrolled University of Scranton7,8103,2504,56016%1250 Marywood University2,0625891,47334%701 Misericordia University1,4735171,03436%530 Wilkes University2,6411,2621,37927%713 King's College2,4201,3481,07229%702 ADMISSIONS The University of Scranton has a lot more students applying to it than the other schools. Even though there are a lot of applicants only 16% actually get admitted and enrolled. The number of new students that enroll is a few hundred more than each of the other schools.
One of the most important aspects of a college is how many different majors it has to offer. This gives students a diverse array of options on what to study and the ability to pursue their interests. The University of Scranton has the second most number of majors with 58 while Marywood University has the most with 70. The other 3 have about 34. MAJORS
SchoolsFull-TimePart-TimeTotal Faculty University of Scranton271218489 Marywood University143248391 Misericordia University104188292 Wilkes University157308465 King's College128100228 However, Scranton has many more faculty members than any other school. Because of this, it most likely has many different kinds of classes that a student can take that are diverse in topic.
Crime Crime is an unfortunate problem that happens on any college campus and may be considered when choosing a college that a parent or student know is safe. The University of Scranton has an exceedingly higher amount of accounted crime from 2007-2009 than any other school. The information on the graph is the number of arrests that were made for various things. However, most of the arrests that account for such a high number for Scranton have to do with Liquor Law Violations. Alcohol is a more prominent problem at Scranton than the other schools.