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Nestled in the heart of downtown Scranton, Lackawanna College remains one of the longest-running educational institutions in the region. For over 125 years, Lackawanna has empowered students to become the next generation of leaders in our community.

Our curriculum provides students with a direct path to a bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or one of many different professional certifications. Additionally, our Continuing Education department helps put the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania back to work with modern career skills. Our Police Academy trains cadets seeking careers in law enforcement at both our main campus and at our Hazleton Center.

Lackawanna is also one of the most cost-efficient regional higher education institutions.

From our roots as the Scranton Business College in 1894 to our online degree options, Lackawanna College has always responded to our students’ needs as they work towards a life-changing degree.

At Lackawanna College, our mission is to provide quality education to all persons who seek to improve their lives and better the communities in which they live. Our vision is to be a nationally recognized premier open-enrollment college of choice and to be this community’s college.

Our core values include a commitment to remaining an open-enrollment college that offers both associate and bachelor-level degrees and provides a rigorous, engaging, and transferable education that exceeds academic expectations for students at all learning levels.

We strive to ensure that there are excellent educational opportunities for students who are academically underprepared for college-level work. Lackawanna College cultivates and maintains active partnerships with our regional community, including other educational institutions, businesses and nonprofit agencies. These connections help us deliver high-quality degrees and certificate programs that prepare students to succeed.

Specialized Certificates

Lackawanna College also offers a wide variety of specialty certificate programming including:

Conservation and Natural Resource
Massage Therapist
Police Academy/ACT 120
Our Police Academy trains cadets seeking careers in law enforcement at both our main campus and at our Hazleton Center.
Sustainable Leadership
Additionally, the College offers nearly 20 Workforce Development training programs through the Office of Continuing Education’s Training Institute.

Core Curriculum

All Lackawanna College students are required to complete the Core Curriculum, which ranges from 18 to 27 credits depending on the degree program.

The following courses fulfill our Core Curriculum requirements:

College Writing (3 credits)

Effective Speaking (3 credits)

College Algebra, Math of Finance or Math Reasoning, or Intro to Statistics and Data Analysis (3 credits)

Computer Information Systems elective or Core Curriculum elective (3 credits)

Humanities elective (3 credits)

Social Science elective (3 credits)

Natural Science or Laboratory Science elective (3 credits)

Diversity/Global Studies elective (3 credits)

Philosophy or Ethics elective (3 credits)

Total core curriculum requirements range from 18 to 27 credits depending upon the degree program. The Curriculum Guide for each degree program includes a listing of its required core courses.


Institutional Learning Goals
  1. Critical Thinking: Critical thinking is the ability to apply recognized principles of logic to the analysis of judgments, values or extended presentations. The critical thinker is able to subject personal work as well as published statements to rational analysis. This individual is also able to apply logical principles in ways that solve problems effectively through information-seeking and objective evaluation.
  2. Communication Skills: Communication skills are those capacities that enable a person to express ideas orally and in writing in a clear, correct, concise and thoughtful style. The ability to listen carefully and to read with confidence and comprehension is included within these capacities.
  3. Diversity/Global Awareness: Diversity/Global awareness refers to one’s sensitivity to the socioeconomic, political, cultural and ecological environment. Such awareness is extended to more global dimensions when it takes into account the multitude of nations, races, traditions, belief systems, values and lifestyles that constitute the worldwide community of humankind. Achieving this goal should allow one to live and work harmoniously with diverse populations.
  4. Respect for and Acceptance of Others: Respect for and acceptance of others’ social and ethical beliefs are demonstrated by attitudes of openness, empathy and goodwill toward all lifestyles and philosophies that do not infringe upon another person’s freedom.
  5. Teamwork/Collaboration: Teamwork/collaboration involves one’s ability to work effectively with others in a common activity. An effective team member commits talents and resources to the common project or goal and contributes fully to its joint achievement.
  6. Life-Long Learning: A life-long learner is willing to update and upgrade skills periodically, to develop abilities and supplement knowledge long after a degree has been earned, and to subject concepts and formulations learned early to the test of continuing relevance later in life.
  7. Knowledge Application: Knowledge application refers to how a person translates theoretical or abstract concepts into practical applications. Such knowledge affects one’s work, thinking, environment, social and family life daily.
  8. Science/Technology Skills: Science/technology skills are those aptitudes and competencies which enable one to utilize contemporary science and technology both in the workplace and in one’s personal life knowledgeably and effectively. These skills are not necessarily those of an expert but are consistent with the level of scientific and technical development manifested in one’s personal and professional environment.
  9. Information Literacy: Information literacy is the capability of determining the information needed, and locating, evaluating, organizing and properly crediting the information required for a particular task or presentation. Familiarity with standard print, non-print and electron


As the largest campus in Lackawanna College's footprint, the main campus in Scranton serves over a thousand commuter and resident students. Our students enjoy taking classes in restored historical buildings set in the sprawling urban landscape of downtown Scranton while collaborating in smart classrooms and learning and dining at the newly renovated Culinary Center.

There is no shortage of things to do in the Electric City! Located a short walk from campus, students can find a variety of eateries, local shops and entertainment.

Our main campus has a variety of amenities for both commuter and resident students including a dining hall, fitness center and ample parking. There are three residence halls available for students looking to dorm on campus.

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CALL: 1-877-346-3552 or (570) 961-7898

501 Vine Street
Scranton, PA 18509
(570) 961-7898
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Lackawanna training future Scranton, Wilkes-Barre officers

SCRANTON, Pa. - Lackawanna College’s Police Academy Class 255 is off to an impressive start. Comprised of 11 officers from both the Scranton and Wilkes Barre Police Departments, this cohort of cadets embarked on a fully-funded police training program in the ... Read More

Police Academy testing begins for November 2021 class

Police Academy testing begins for November 2021 class

SCRANTON, Pa. - The testing phase to join the next Lackawanna College Police Academy class is currently underway. Successful applicants testing at this time may be eligible to join the full-time class at the Hazleton Center, 2 E. Broad St., Hazleton, when it begins Read More


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Main Campus

501 Vine St
Scranton, PA 18509

PHONE: (570) 961-7810