Lackawanna College and The University of Scranton Sign Memorandum to Facilitate Student Transfer

Feb 15, 2017

Lackawanna College and The University of Scranton have entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the transfer of Lackawanna College graduates to the University to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Through the memorandum, Lackawanna College students who qualify will be offered admission into a parallel articulated bachelor’s degree program with third year (junior) status at Scranton.

In order to take advantage of the Memorandum of Understanding, Lackawanna College students must earn their associate’s degree from Lackawanna with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and enroll at Scranton within one year of their graduation date. They may not attend another institution between the time they graduate from Lackawanna College and their enrollment at Scranton, and they must meet other requirements as specified. Through this memorandum, a full-time student who has completed the appropriate associate degree program at Lackawanna may be able to complete a bachelor’s degree at the University within four regular semesters, except for programs with extended internship and clinical experience requirements. In addition, eligible Lackawanna College students will have the opportunity to earn nine credits at Scranton while attending Lackawanna at one-half of the University’s tuition rate.

Lackawanna College graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater accepted into a degree program through a program-specific articulation agreement at Scranton, will be eligible for a University of Scranton merit scholarship with a minimum award of $10,000 per academic year for full-time students matriculating at the University. Non-traditional students enrolled through this memorandum at Scranton on a part-time basis may also be eligible for a merit scholarship. The merit scholarship is in addition to any need-based financial awards for which students may also qualify. Merit scholarships may be renewed to students who maintain a minimum cumulative University GPA of 2.50 and meet other eligibility requirements.

“Lackawanna College and The University of Scranton were both created to offer opportunities for local residents to better themselves and their lives through higher education,” said Mark Volk, president of Lackawanna College. “This Memorandum of Understanding not only establishes a formal pathway between our institutions, it offers Lackawanna graduates an economic incentive that substantially addresses one of the greatest barriers to local students attaining a college degree. We are thrilled at the possibilities it affords our graduates.”

 “The University is pleased to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with our close neighbor Lackawanna College in order to provide transfer opportunities and merit scholarship support to qualified Lackawanna graduates who wish to pursue their bachelor’s degrees at Scranton,” said Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president, The University of Scranton.

 For more information about the new partnership, visit Lackawanna College’s website at or The University of Scranton website at For further details, contact Barb Nowogorski, director of advising at Lackawanna College, at 570- 961-7835, or Caitlyn M. Hollingshead, director of graduate, transfer and international admissions at the University at 570-941-6202.

At the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony at Lackawanna College are, seated from left: Mark Volk, president, Lackawanna College; and Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president, The University of Scranton. Standing are: Barb Nowogorski, director of advising, Lackawanna College; Suzanne Cercone, Ph.D., academic dean, Lackawanna College; Lackawanna College; and Caitlyn M. Hollingshead, director of graduate, transfer and international admissions, The University of Scranton.


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