Lackawanna College announced today that it will offer the first-ever bachelor’s degree program in its 122-year history beginning in the Fall 2017 semester. Keeping in line with its mission to provide quality educational programming at a cost accessible to regional families, Lackawanna College designed a bachelor’s degree that is innovative, student-centered, accelerated, flexible, and affordable. Harkening back to its earliest roots as the Lackawanna Business College, the first program offered will be a bachelor’s of science degree in Business.
With tuition under $15,000 per year for at least the next three years, Lackawanna has positioned the Business bachelor’s degree as the most affordable regional option. Students will have the opportunity to take part in an accelerated program and graduate in just 3 years by utilizing summer and intersession classes which feature reduced tuition rates. Based on feedback from current students and alumni, the degree fulfills the request of many interested students who have overwhelmingly sought an opportunity to pursue a higher level degree at Lackawanna.
The College began exploring the opportunity to offer bachelor’s degrees in 2015 with the support of its Board of Trustees. A faculty committee formed the plan for the business degree that was also approved by the Board in March 2016. College officials submitted their request to offer its first bachelor’s-level degree to Middle States in April and gained approval in July.
Lackawanna College remains committed to offering associate degrees in programs ranging from Communication Arts, Early Childhood Education, and Liberal Studies to specialty programs like Culinary Arts, Physical Therapist Assistant, and the technology-related majors offered at the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Most degree programs will remain at the associate level, and the College is committed to continuing its strong relationships with other educational institutions that accept its associate degree graduates. The College will remain an open-enrollment institution; however, new admissions criteria will be applied to aspiring bachelor’s degree applicants to ensure their success after graduation. Potential bachelor’s degree applicants who do not meet admissions criteria will be welcomed into associate degree programs with the option to transfer into the bachelor’s degree program.
Additionally, current students or recent graduates in the College’s existing business-related degrees – Accounting, Business Administration, Business Studies, and Sport Management – can easily transfer into the bachelor’s degree path should they desire to continue their studies at Lackawanna.
Each year, more than 50% of Lackawanna’s graduating student body expresses their intent to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. The College’s introduction of those degrees allows them to remain close to home and in an environment with unparalleled academic and social support for its student population.
Since its founding in 1894, Lackawanna College has evolved to meet the needs of the local residents in all of the communities it serves.
Planning continues for additional bachelor’s-level programs to be announced in the fall of 2016.
The College will celebrate the historic milestone with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton, Pa., on Tuesday, July 19 at 9 a.m.
Prospective students wishing to obtain more information should contact the Admissions Office at (570) 961-7814 or by visiting www.lackawanna.edu/bachelors.