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Its Student-Faculty Ratio, Hands-on Learning, and Small Campus Community Are the Keys to Keystone College's Success

Located in idyllic La Plume, Pennsylvania, Keystone College is a private, residential, co-ed college proud of its history and standing as an academically innovative and culturally diverse institution. Among the most popular colleges in the entire region, its efficient campus has been voted "Most Beautiful Campus" in its part of the state. Students from 14 different states and 12 countries come to Keystone's campus to immerse themselves in the college's hands-on learning environment in northeast Pennsylvania, just north of Scranton. The 4-year school offers 30 bachelor's degrees, 16 associate degrees, and 5 accelerated teaching certificate programs, including 2 business programs offered completely online to about 1,700 students.

The 11:1 student-faculty ratio has helped Keystone College attain and burnish its reputation for innovative learning. Creating a supportive, personalized, hands-on learning environment evidences the college's dedication to its students' educational needs. Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills and expand their educational horizons through a diverse, evolving range of activities, including athletics, a comprehensive career development process, an incredible array of student activities, and numerous study-abroad and international internship opportunities. The college makes use of state-of-the-art educational resources while the small student-faculty ratio ensures maximum interaction with teachers in the small campus community.

Creating a healthy, secure environment for residential, 4-year students is a key to effective learning, and the Student Affairs staff of Keystone College provides numerous support services to our students. The department helps coordinate athletics, health services, counseling, residence life, service learning, and a range of student activities and opportunities for study abroad. A comprehensive counseling and tutoring center ensures that every student receives the support and attention he or she needs. Keystone's personal campus community makes a big difference in the lives of its students with its hands-on learning environment that prepares them for success in the real world.

Affordable Private Education at Keystone College Is the Ultimate in 4-Year College Education Value

The educational value of a great college is not simply calculated by surveying its campus to count and rate the buildings, libraries, research laboratories, academic departments, and athletic fields. In most cases, the value of an education is created by the people that make up the institution. This is not any different at Keystone College, where the students, staff, and faculty make the school's "Keystone Promise" a reality for every individual graduate, year in and year out. The "Promise" is an actual pledge for success that is made to every first-time, full-time student in good academic, social, and financial standing.

Keystone College is proud to offer maximum value with an affordable private education. Because of its high standards, Keystone promises that every student will have at least one job offer, or qualify for an appropriate transfer or graduate program, within 6 months of graduation. The only requirement is that students follow the procedure set by the Career Development Center. Should the job offer or opportunity for continuing education not materialize, the school will provide additional courses, counseling, and career assistance at no charge. This is value with a performance guarantee.

The administration, faculty, and staff of Keystone College developed the "Keystone Promise" as a means of affirming their commitment to students who choose the school. For almost a century and a half, Keystone College has provided a first-rate education, while maintaining the highest possible academic standards. An affordable private education at a 4-year college is the pathway to a promising future. Keystone graduates can attest to the fact that wherever students are headed in their lives and careers, they can get there from attending Keystone College.

Keystone's Student Success Center and Career Development Center Prepare Its Graduates for Success in Their Careers

Keystone College is committed to its students' success in life, both in and out of the classroom. A tremendous amount of energy and creative planning goes into supporting students in their transition from college to the demands of post-student life. At Keystone College, the Student Success Center and the Career Development Center are central to the transition process. The Student Success Center is an environment where students can get the individual support and attention they need in order to rise to their full potential. The center provides such essential services as counseling, proctoring, tutoring and mentoring, academic advising, and student success support and advocacy. Keystone College is proud to be judged on the basis of its students' success.

The Career Development Center is committed to providing Keystone College students with all the resources they need to identify and focus their career interests, choose the right major for their intended careers, explore alternatives, and prepare to leave school to join the workforce. To this end, the Career Development Center assists students in securing internships, finding opportunities for experiential learning, and navigating their way through a job search.

Since effective career planning takes many steps, the Career Development Center has developed a 4-year guide to this crucial process. Starting with career interest assessments as freshmen, students proceed through their school years researching the "world of work," practicing mock job interviews, and accruing real-world experience in internships (both locally and internationally) and other positions. Keystone College stands behind its diplomas like few other schools do.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Certificates, Associate, Bachelor&Apos;S, And Postbachelor&Apos;S Certificates
Architecture And Related Serviceslandscape Architecturebiological And Biomedical Sciencesbiology/Biological Sciences; Environmental Biology; Wildlife Biologybusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Accounting And Business/Management; Business Administration And Managementcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programscommunication And Journalism Related; Communication And Media Related; Radio, Television, And Digital Communication Relatedcomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer/Information Technology Services Administration Related; Information Technologyeducationart Teacher Education; Early Childhood Education; Education (Multiple Levels); Kindergarten/Preschool Education; Mathematics Teacher Education; Middle School Education; Social Studies Teacher Educationfamily And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciencesfamily And Community Serviceshealth Professions And Related Programsdiagnostic Medical Sonography And Ultrasound Technology; Medical Radiologic Technology; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Pre-Medical Studies; Pre-Nursing Studies; Pre-Pharmacy Studies; Public Health; Radiologic Technology/Sciencehomeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Servicescriminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; Criminal Justice/Safety; Forensic Science And Technologylegal Professions And Studiespre-Law Studiesliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitiesliberal Arts And Sciences/Liberal Studiesmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesbiological And Physical Sciencesnatural Resources And Conservationenvironmental Studies; Forest Technology; Natural Resources Management And Policy Relatedparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studiesparks, Recreation And Leisure Facilities Management; Sport And Fitness Administration/Managementpersonal And Culinary Servicesculinary Arts; Culinary Arts Relatedphysical Sciencesgeology/Earth Sciencepsychologypsychologysocial Sciencessocial Sciencesvisual And Performing Artsart; Fine/Studio Arts


Admission: 1,192 applied; 837 admitted; 363 enrolled Average high school GPA: 2.92

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred entrance
Application fee: $30
Required: essay or personal statement, high school transcript, 1 letter of recommendation
Required for some: interview, art portfolio for visual arts and art education
Recommended: interview
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
1,670 Undergraduate Students, 59% Women, 41% Men, 8% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
4% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 1% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 3% Hispanic/Latino, 0.2% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.1% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 16% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
0.8% Representing 11 Other Countries
Housing Info
29% Live On Campus

Campus Life

On-Campus Residence Required For Freshman Year
Coed, Women-Only, Disabled Students, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Campus Housing Is Guaranteed
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Radio Station, Choral Group, Art Society, Inter-Hall Council, O.P.E.N. (Opposing Prejudice Ending Negativity), S.M.A.R.T. (Sports Management And Recreation Team), Eco Club
Most popular organizations
Art Society, Inter-Hall Council, O.P.E.N. (Opposing Prejudice Ending Negativity), S.M.A.R.T. (Sports Management And Recreation Team), Eco Club
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Student Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, Controlled Dormitory Access
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Cooperative Education, Distance Learning, Double Majors, English As A Second Language, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditrotc: Army (C), Air Force (C)School Calendar: Semesters


Member:Ncaadivision:All Division III


Total: 244Full-Time: 28% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 12 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
One-time required fee:$500
Comprehensive fee:$31,000 includes full-time tuition ($20,300), mandatory fees ($900), and room and board ($9800). Part-time tuition: $400 per credit. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load
Required fees:$225 per term part-time
Room and board:college room only: $4950. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility
Payment plans:installment, deferred payment
Waivers:senior citizens and employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2013,1,301 applied for aid, 1,226 were judged to have need, 115 had their need fully met
In 2013,34 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:68%
Average financial aid package:$17,718
Average need-based loan:$3832
Average need-based gift aid:$14,062
Average non-need-based aid:$9057
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$7801
Financial aid deadline:5/1




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