First-Year Student Application FAQ's

First-Year Student Application FAQ's

We know that you may have many questions when applying. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our frequently asked questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-888-SCRANTON or admissions@scranton.edu if you have any others.
  • Questions Related to Application Reviewplus or minus

    Q: What do you look at when reviewing an application?

    A: We take a holistic approach to reviewing your application for admission. We take into consideration many factors including coursework, cumulative GPA, class rank (if applicable), standardized test scores, letters of recommendation and extracurricular activities. Typical Scranton students have excelled academically in high school and have distinguished themselves through extracurricular activities, leadership and community service.

    Q: What if I have been unable to sit for my SAT and/or ACT exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

    A: There are two options available for students when they are completing Scranton’s question on the Common Application regarding test scores:
    1. Apply with Scores: Students who have a test score should choose: “Yes, please include my SAT/ACT scores as part of my application.”
    2. Apply SAT/ACT Optional: Students who wish to apply SAT/ACT Optional should choose: “No, I do not wish to include my SAT/ACT scores as part of my application for admission.”

    Q: Is it better to apply undecided?

    A: It depends. If you are looking for a science major, but you fall below a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and an 1170 on the SAT or a 24 composite ACT score, then it would benefit you to apply undecided. Please note that if you are thinking about majoring in Nursing or Occupational Therapy, it is best to apply directly to these programs as you will not be able to transfer into these majors once you are an enrolled student at Scranton. If you are looking for a non-science major, there is no benefit to applying undecided as the admissions criteria are the same.

    Q: Do you accept the Common Application?

    A: Yes, we only accept The Common Application and you must submit it online. 

  • Questions Related to Early Actionplus or minus

    Q: If I apply Early Action, when will I be notified?

    A: If you have all of your application materials in by the November 15 deadline, we will notify you of a decision on December 15. Regular Decision Applicants will be evaluated after December 15 and notified on a rolling basis after January 1.

    Q: If I apply Early Action to Scranton and get accepted, do I have to attend?

    A: No. Early Action is non-binding, which means that you still have until May 1 to make your decision.

  • Questions Related to Scholarshipsplus or minus

    Q: Is there a separate application for merit scholarships? How do you apply for merit scholarships?

    A: There is no separate application for scholarships. You are automatically evaluated for merit-based scholarships when you apply. If you are accepted and receive a scholarship, you will be notified of your scholarship in your acceptance letter.

     

    Q: Does my major have an impact on scholarship?

    A: No. Scholarships are based on academic achievement.

  • Questions Related to SATs and ACTsplus or minus

    Q: Do I have to take the SATs and ACTs?

    A: We require standardized test scores, unless you are applying SAT/ACT Optional. You may submit your SAT scores, ACT scores, or both. 

    Q: What if I have been unable to sit for my SAT and/or ACT exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

    A: There are two options available for students when they are completing Scranton’s question on the Common Application regarding test scores:
    1. Apply with Scores: Students who have a test score should choose: “Yes, please include my SAT/ACT scores as part of my application.”
    2. Apply SAT/ACT Optional: Students who wish to apply SAT/ACT Optional should choose: “No, I do not wish to include my SAT/ACT scores as part of my application for admission.”

    Q: What are the requirements for SAT/ACT Optional?

    A: Please visit our SAT/ACT Optional webpage to learn more about requirements.

    Q: Do I have to take any SAT II subject tests?

    A: No, we do not require or consider SAT II subject tests in the admissions review process.

    Q: Do you “superscore” standardized test scores?

    A: Yes. We will superscore your SAT, meaning we will take your best math score and combine it with your best evidence-based reading score, regardless of test date.

    If you took the ACT, then we will combine the highest subject tests from multiple test dates.

    If you took both the SAT and the ACT, we will use whatever score type is the highest.