A Guide to Admissions at the University of Scranton
This article was written based on the information and opinions presented by admissions counselor Joe DiBenedetto in a CollegeVine livestream. You can watch the full livestream for more info.
In this post, we discuss admissions at the University of Scranton, including the application and financial aid processes.
Test Scores and GPA
The University of Scranton accepts the Common App and does not charge an application fee. The school does offer Early Action admission, with a deadline of November 15 and a notification date of December 15.
Scranton has a test-optional admissions policy for all of its programs. If you’re unsure whether you want to send test scores as part of your application, you can always reach out to a Scranton admissions counselor for advice on that subject. In the most recently admitted class of students, the median score ranges were 1150 to 1310 on the SAT and 25 to 31 on the ACT. A typical GPA for admitted Scranton students is 3.3 or above, with that number being a bit higher—around 3.7 or 3.8—for more competitive programs, like nursing.
The admissions committee takes a holistic approach to assessing applications. Your test scores—if you choose to submit them—and your GPA will be considered, but your letters of recommendation, along with your leadership and service experience, will also be important to the admissions committee reviewing your application.
The University of Scranton’s application does not require the submission of any supplemental materials, but students are free to submit supplementals, such as an essay or an abstract, in addition to the Common App essay. If you do choose to submit a supplemental essay, think of it as an opportunity to provide more background and context to the school about who you are as a person and a candidate.
Affordability of education is essential at the University of Scranton. Around 97% of four-year students have been offered scholarships or need-based grants. All applicants are reviewed automatically for merit-based scholarships and will be notified of any awarded aid in their acceptance letters. The most competitive applicants are deemed presidential scholars and awarded full scholarships. In addition, the financial aid department handles need-based aid, which requires filling out the FAFSA, the free federal application for financial aid.
The University of Scranton typically only grants interviews to applicants who are deferred admission in an early round. Interviews are not mandatory for other applicants, but they can make personal appointments with an admissions counselor when they visit the campus. This is a great opportunity to ask specific questions about Scranton and the admissions process, and it’s also a way to demonstrate your interest in attending the school.