Gonzaga Program

Gonzaga Program

Congratulations and welcome!  You have been invited to join The University of Scranton community because you show great academic promise. It is our mission to help you succeed by inviting you to participate in this unique program designed to support your transition from high school to college. Our Gonzaga Program will strengthen critical thinking, reading, writing and verbal skills that are essential for academic achievement at the collegiate level.

Gonzaga students are part of a cohort group for the required Gonzaga coursework which provides smaller class sizes for personalized attention from professors and a collaborative peer support network. In this setting, students can grow their knowledge and skills while working as part of a community and developing leadership skills.

Upcoming Opportunities

In addition to the traditional coursework, Gonzaga students participate in a series of workshops designed to help guide their academic success here at The University of Scranton. Topics include: 

  • Study Skills Marathon 
  • Strengths and Careers: Decision Time
  • Surviving Finals Week

These interactive workshops are designed to develop your self-knowledge and provide an academic foundation for you to excel.

  • A Jesuit Focus on Your Goalsplus or minus

    Our Gonzaga Program, named for St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron saint of students, is part of the supportive community at The University of Scranton that shares the more than 450-year-old heritage of Jesuit education. Students in the Gonzaga Program are prepared not just for a career, but for life, as we promote "magis", a culture of excellence.

    By taking advantage of this program, you will become an advocate for yourself and earn a head start in preparing for the rigorous curriculum ahead of you. Together we will create an academic foundation that will enable you to excel!

  • 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 and written 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.

    Interdisciplinary 112: EP Foundations (3 credits)

    This course is designed to foster knowledge and abilities needed for gathering, evaluating and disseminating information. Students will gain insight and understanding of digital technology and will make effective use of oral communication as a way to disseminate thoughts and information in conversation, discussion, and the public sphere. A grade of C or better fulfills the FYOC and FYDT requirements. 

    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
    Interdisciplinary 112 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
    • •  academic coaching

    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