For over 120 years, Lackawanna College has been empowering students to become the next generation of leaders.
Since its formation in 1894, the College’s mission has always been to provide a quality education to all persons who seek to improve their lives and better the communities in which they live. Over its century-long history, the College has seen many distinctive transformations of educating students and preparing them to meet the ever-changing demands of the workforce.
In 1957, Lackawanna Junior College was chartered as a nonprofit institution. Course offerings expanded to include humanities and the social and behavioral sciences, and the College began awarding associate level degrees, reinforcing its purpose as the community’s college.
The College further strengthened its place in the Scranton landscape when it purchased and renovated the former Scranton Central High School in 1994. As a signal of its continuous growth as a thriving academic institution, the College dropped “junior” from its name in 2001. In 2017, Lackawanna broadened its impact as it introduced the first-ever bachelor’s degrees offered in its storied history. Lackawanna is accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Presently, the College has satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda, Pennsylvania; an Environmental Education Center in Covington Township; and a rapidly expanding main campus in Scranton.
The College prides itself on its focused class sizes, progressive curriculum, innovative programs, and the unparalleled student support services and active student life community that deepens each student’s college experience.