Increasing Access & Affordability
While Scranton’s advantage is in its community, cost continues to remain a barrier for many prospective students seeking to study at Scranton. The University often competes for students against institutions whose larger endowments give them an unbeatable advantage in financial aid. In the long run, it restricts accessibility for students of modest or comfortable means and can even diminish the overall quality of a Scranton education. To ensure that the University continues to kindle the fires of the best and brightest students regardless of their financial means, it is critical that the University increase its endowment. This can be achieved through your support of:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Making our campus a safe and inclusive space is paramount to our Jesuit mission and tradition. Equity and Diversity initiatives provide resources, support and training for faculty staff and students to promote three basic principles of a safe and welcoming campus: Equity - Diversity – Inclusivity. A gift to DEI initiatives supports several programs on campus, including:
- PILLAR program (Partners in Learning, leadership and reflection)
- ROCK (Royals of Color Kickoff)
- Inclusive Pedagogy Training and Workshops
- Diverse Student Faith Formation Retreats and Service Learning
- THR1VE (1st generation college students)
Opening Doors Scholarship
The Opening Doors Scholarship Fund was established in 2022 and provides financial aid for students seeking to enroll at The University of Scranton from the Cristo Rey Network of High Schools, from Arrupe College, and from other institutions with a similar mission. The scholarship fund serves graduates of these institutions who have a demonstrated financial need, and assists those students with any unmet financial needs after all other sources of financial aid and scholarship have been determined, providing full tuition to those in need.
Launched in July 2019, THR1VE seeks to celebrate and support students who identify as first-generation college students (students whose parents have not completed an undergraduate degree) throughout their time at The University of Scranton.
See the progress toward our $135 million goal here.