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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.

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 College Named One of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania

Lackawanna College Named One of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania

SCRANTON, Pa. – Dec. 4, 2020 – Lackawanna College ranked No. 21 among 100 companies vying to win a designation as one of the “Best Places to Work” in PA. The College has earned the recognition six of the past seven years. “Our Lackawanna College Family respects ... Read More

Lackawanna College Student-Run Restaurant Launches New Online Store

Lackawanna College Student-Run Restaurant Launches New Online Store

SCRANTON, Pa. – Nov. 23, 2020 – Lackawanna College’s student-run restaurant, 409 on Adams, has launched its new online store. The Marketplace at 409 on Adams sells professional quality merchandise, culinary and pastry creations and a line of pet treats produced by ... Read More


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We’d love to hear from you! Lackawanna College Main Campus provides a supportive environment to help guide you from the admissions process to academic planning and all the way through graduation.

Main Campus

501 Vine St
Scranton, PA 18509

PHONE: (570) 961-7810