Gonzaga Program

Gonzaga Program

We have invited you to join The University of Scranton community because you are bright and talented, and have a history of academic success. We know that you have the potential to excel; however, like many of your peers, your grades and SAT/ACT scores indicate that you will need to refine your verbal skills to meet the challenges of college-level coursework. The essential skills for academic achievement are reading, writing and critical thinking; in fact, approximately 80% of your workload in college will involve reading. You will be required to read, understand, synthesize and recall a large volume of information, and to demonstrate – orally and in writing – your understanding of what you have read. Our Gonzaga Program will help you sharpen your verbal skills and will equip you to approach your coursework with efficiency and confidence.

  • A Jesuit Focus on Your Goalsplus or minus

    The University of Scranton is a community of scholars that shares the more than 450-year-old heritage of Jesuit education. We care about our students, and we work hard to create and sustain a culture of excellence that will prepare you not only for a career, but also for life. Our Gonzaga Program is part of a supportive environment that will help you achieve your educational goals.

  • Outcomes and Opportunitiesplus or minus

    Prospective employers and admissions committees at graduate schools, medical, dental and law schools look at your total educational record. That includes GPA, extracurricular activities, internships and volunteer work. If you are planning further study after graduation, your scores in national examinations (LSAT, MCAT, GRE, etc.) and your recommendations from college committees and faculty are also considered. You have four years to forge your academic image and transcript, and our Gonzaga Program will help you make the right start toward graduation.

  • Core Coursesplus or minus

    The Gonzaga Program core of courses consists of Education 113 (Reading and Research), First Year Seminar, Communication 100 (Public Speaking), Writing 105-106 (College Writing 105-106). Members of the Gonzaga Program will be assigned to the same sections for all five of these courses. You will become a member of a community of students with the same goal: to use these courses to improve and sharpen the skills you will need for your college career. The faculty members assigned to these courses also work as a community. Faculty collaborates so that the curriculum emphasizes the connections between the courses and provides the best opportunity to improve verbal skills. Students in the Gonzaga Program may be subject to dismissal if they do not successfully complete the core courses with a grade of C or better.

    Education 113: Reading and Research (3 credits)

    This course is designed to increase proficiency in reading and research. It covers comprehension, vocabulary, expression, critical analysis and library and study skills. Lecture and laboratory approaches are used with an emphasis on individual instruction. A grade of C or better is required.

    Communication 100: Public Speaking (3 credits)

    This is a performance class that emphasizes the theory, composition, delivery and criticism of speeches. Successful completion of this course with a grade of C or better fulfills your speech skills requirement.

    Writing 105-106: College Writing I-II (6 credits)

    These two courses offer instruction in structuring argumentative essays, with a focus on defining and focusing problems, creating arguments and providing evidence. Completion of both courses with a grade of C or better fulfills the University’s writing requirement and part of the diversity requirement.

    First Year Seminar (FYS) (3 credits)

    While the students are required to take an FYS during their first semester, they do not have the option to choose which.  We work together with academic departments and plan ahead for fall. As such, the FYS course (with its multiple sections) is in place before students are even admitted.

  • First Year Scheduleplus or minus

    Fall Semester
    Education 113 3
    Writing 105 3
    First Year Seminar 3
    Major Course 3-4
    Cognate 3
    Total 15-16


    Optional Free Course at Scranton (on-campus or online) 3
    Total 3
    Spring Semester
    Writing 106 3
    Major Course 3-4
    Communication 100 3
    Cognate 3
    General Education Electives 3
    Total 15-16
  • Frequently Asked Questionsplus or minus

    What does the Gonzaga Program provide?

    • •  research and study skills
    • •  writing support
    • •  coordinated instruction
    • •  academic advising
    • •  tutoring
    • •  mentoring

    How many students are in the Gonzaga Program?

    Each year, approximately 90 students are selected to participate in the program.

    How long does the program last?

    The program is conducted over the course of your first year. We will then continue to track and support your progress through graduation.

    Will I graduate on time?

    Participation in the Gonzaga program should not affect your anticipated graduation year. When you graduate will depend on your choice of programs and the progress you make in your studies.

    What is the strategy for my first year?

    You will take 15-16 credits in your first semester as outlined in the First Year Schedule above, and you will be offered one free course (on-campus or online) during Intersession.

  • Contact Informationplus or minus


    Christina Lenway
    Reading Specialist/Gonzaga Program Director
    (570) 941-4218