Select Page

Campus Centers


Nestled in the heart of downtown Scranton, Lackawanna College remains one of the longest-running colleges in Lackawanna County and the surrounding regions.

Since 1894, Lackawanna has empowered students to become the next generation of leaders in our community.

Our degree curriculum provides students with a direct path to a bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or one of many 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 toward a life-changing degree.

Enroll in a degree, certificate, or other program today.

Our College’s Educational Mission

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 looking for higher education in Scranton but 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 to deliver high-quality degrees and certificate programs that prepare students to succeed.


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

Additionally, our Police Academy trains cadets seeking careers in law enforcement at both our main campus and at our Hazleton Center.

The College offers nearly 20 workforce development training programs through the Office of Continuing Education’s Training Institute.


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 more than a thousand commuter and resident students. Our students enjoy taking classes in restored historic buildings set in the sprawling urban landscape of downtown Scranton while collaborating in smart classrooms and learning and dining at the 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.

Contact Us

Enroll at Lackawanna College’s Main Campus Today

Since 1894, Lackawanna College has strived to provide educational opportunities to students from all walks of life who have been researching colleges in Scranton. We are also prepared to educate those who are not yet fully prepared for post-secondary education work.

We offer numerous associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates at our main campus and satellite campuses, but you will find nearly the full spectrum of offerings at our Scranton campus.

Enroll in a program at Lackawanna College’s main Scranton campus today!

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

501 Vine Street
Scranton, PA 18509
(570) 961-7898
Request Information

Stay in Touch… Follow Us!

News & Announcements

Police Academy Hosts Inaugural Roundtable Event

Police Academy Hosts Inaugural Roundtable Event

On Tuesday, March 1, the Lackawanna College Police Academy hosted its inaugural roundtable event at the College’s Hazleton Center. The roundtable invited leaders in local law enforcement to share ideas, concerns and recommendations on top issues facing their ... Read More

10 Ways to Spread Kindness on Campus

10 Ways to Spread Kindness on Campus

Living in a world of negativity, Random Acts of Kindness Day reminds us that we should be spreading joy and kindness throughout our community. These acts of kindness do not need to be extreme – a simple smile and wave to a stranger can go a long way. How can you ... Read More


No Events


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