There are 24 campuses in the Penn State system. The one that gets the most attention is University Park, but what about the other 23? That’s where we come in with our newest 23 part series, Better Know a Branch Campus, inspired by Stephen Colbert’s Better Know a District. Next up: Penn State Worthington Scranton.
Name: Penn State Worthington Scranton, The Fightin’ Worths/Scrans! The Fightin’ nickname for this one kinda falls flat. Oh well.
Chancellor: Dr. Mary-Beth Krogh-Jespersen
Enrollment: With 1,270 students, Worthington Scranton’s enrollment is slightly above average for a branch campus. It is the eighth largest branch campus in the Penn State system.
Location: The campus is located in Dunmore, PA, and is approximately 127 miles from Philadelphia, 152 miles from State College, and 286 miles from Pittsburgh.
Sports: Worthington Scranton isn’t exactly University Park when it comes to athletics, as it has only eight intercollegiate teams. They are: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s soccer, softball, and women’s volleyball. The school competes in the Penn State Universities Athletic Conference.
Fun Fact: While Worthington Scranton opened in 1923 and has been a part of the Penn State system since then, the University did not offer its first campus baccalaureate degree until 1995.
History: Worthington Scranton didn’t get its current name and location until 1968. Prior to that, it was set as a branch campus of the Pennsylvania State College in 1923, renamed “The Scranton Center” in 1951, and its programs became part of associate degree programs in 1953. It moved in 1968 and began offering baccalaureate degrees in 1995.
Right Now: The campus has 125 full and part-time faculty members and offers seven baccalaureate and five associate degrees. There is no on-campus housing at the school, but there is a bevy of off-campus housing options.
Story Time: Nothing this week. Here’s a video of Paul Rudd lip-syncing Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” to make up for it.
Next Time: Penn State York! It’s the final branch campus before we start digging into other campuses affiliated with the University, so please, send me some good York stories.
Previous Better Know a Branch Campus features: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Erie, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre.