University’s ‘Be Surprised’ Campaign Wins Gold at National Competition


     The University of Scranton’s new undergraduate marketing campaign received gold and silver awards from the 25th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, a national competition sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report.

     The University of Scranton received a gold award for its 30-second, single television spot. The commercial features current students saying - and drawing images on a blackboard – of what Scranton means to them. Initial tight shots expand to an aerial view that shows the blackboard is located on the Dionne Campus Green in front of the Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center. The commercial was produced in collaboration with Mind Over Media of Pittsburgh. The commercial can be seen at

     Scranton also won silver awards for its “Be Surprised” direct-mail advertising piece and its matching newspaper advertisement series. Both marketing programs tout the Jesuit university’s national recognition by U.S. News and World Report  as one of the nation’s top schools “Committed to Teaching” and as an “Up and Coming” college to watch, which might “surprise” an audience not familiar with all The University of Scranton offers. The print advertisements ran in newspapers in several states across the Mid-Atlantic and New England. The direct mail piece and newspaper advertisements were designed in collaboration with 360 Interactive Media of Scranton.

     According to the Higher Education Marketing Report’s Web site, the Educational Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the United States. For this year’s competition, more than 2,000 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

     Gold awards were given to 218 schools. Silver awards were given to 190 schools, and 170 schools were recognized with a bronze award.

     Judges for the awards were higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report.

     Higher Education Marketing Report is a monthly publication for higher education professionals.

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