Keystone College
MottoProgress Through Effort
TypePrivate, 4-year, Co-Educational
Endowment$8 million
PresidentDr. Tracy L. Brundage
LocationLa Plume and Factoryville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Sports18 men's and women's teams

Keystone College is a private college in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The College's official mailing address is La Plume, Pennsylvania in Lackawanna County; however, much of the campus is in Factoryville, Pennsylvania in Wyoming County. The school was founded in 1868. Enrolling approximately 1,300 students, Keystone offers around 40 undergraduate and graduate degree options in liberal arts and science-based programs in business, communications, education, fine arts, science, environmental resource management, geology, and social sciences.

History[edit | edit source]

Keystone Academy was founded in 1868 by Dr. John Howard Harris. The Academy was originally chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1868, with instruction beginning the following year in the local Baptist church in Factoryville. At the time it was chartered, Keystone Academy was the only high school between Binghamton, New York and Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1934, Keystone Academy was rechartered as Scranton-Keystone Junior College.

In 1944, the name of the College was shortened to Keystone Junior College. The current name Keystone College was adopted in 1995.

In 1998, the College received formal approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer baccalaureate degree programs. A monumental step in Keystone's history and a signal of the College's continued progress, Keystone received approval to offer master's degrees in 2014 [1].

Since its founding in 1868, the College has had several bands and orchestras and new musical opportunities were made available to the campus and surrounding communities in 2014 through the newly formed Department of Performance Music [2]. In a return to its athletic roots, Keystone College reintroduced wrestling in 2016[3] and announced plans in 2018 to field a football team in 2019[4].

In 2019, the College announced several changes to better position the College as it prepares students for success. As part of a long-term and comprehensive approach for the present and the future, the College's traditional visual arts program will transition to a program focused on digital media and the geology program will become part of the current bachelor's degree in environmental science. Due to decreasing student participation levels in men's and women's golf and tennis, the College eliminated those sports. To better align Keystone with current and future needs, the College reduced staffing levels.[5]

Campus[edit | edit source]

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Sickler Hall

Keystone's scenic 276-acre (1.1 km²) campus, located at the gateway to the Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, features hiking trails and a freshwater stream. The campus is 15 miles northwest of Scranton, on U.S. Routes 6 and 11 and is located in both Lackawanna and Wyoming counties.

Woodlands Campus[edit | edit source]

Keystone's 170-acre Woodlands Campus features approximately seven miles of hiking trails that are open to students and the public seven days a week from dawn until dusk. In partnership with the Countryside Conservancy, the College opened a 1.7-mile segment of the Trolley Trail during a ribbon cutting ceremony in 2017. The Trail, which serves as a community benefit for all of Northeastern Pennsylvania, is a critical piece of Countryside Conservancy’s envisioned 14-mile public hiking and biking trail that follows the abandoned Northern Electric Railroad Line which will ultimately run from Clarks Summit to Lake Winola [6]

Academic Buildings[edit | edit source]

  • Harris Hall: named after John Howard Harris, founder and benefactor of Keystone Academy.
  • Capwell Science Hall
  • Brooks Hall
  • Miller Library
  • Kemmerer Hall
  • Art Center

Administration/Non-Academic Buildings[edit | edit source]

  • Alumni Hall
  • Hedgewood
  • Hibbard Campus Center
  • Patrick Hall
  • Sabiston Hall
  • Sickler Hall
  • Sisson Hall
  • Ward Hall

Athletic Facilities[edit | edit source]

  • Athletic Field and Track Complex
  • Gambal Athletic Center: Ace Spalding Arena, Fornicola Wellness Center, Weight Training Room
  • Ned Boehm Field
  • Edmunds Field
  • Christy Mathewson Field
  • Tennis Courts

Residence Halls[edit | edit source]

  • Moffat Residence Hall: A first-year experience community, Moffat is co-ed by suite with a capacity of approximately 140 students.
  • Frear/Reynolds Residence Hall: Features include double occupancy rooms for the sophomore experience community. Co-ed by floor with a capacity of approximately 145 students.
  • The Dr. Edward G. Boehm and Mrs. Regina E. Boehm Residence Hall: An upperclassmen residence hall, Boehm Hall is co-ed by suite with a capacity of approximately sixty students. An independent living community, each of its eight suites features four double occupancy rooms, three bathrooms, a common living room and a full kitchen. Two living-learning communities (leadership, music/fine arts) are also available in Boehm Hall.
  • Hollinshead Residence Hall: A first-year experience community, Hollinshead is co-ed by floor with approximately 50 students.
  • Tewksbury Residence Hall: A first-year experience community, Tewksbury is co-ed by floor with approximately 50 students.
  • Davis Hall: An independent living community, Davis features six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a common living room and a full kitchen. Davis is home to approximately 10 upperclassmen.
  • 39 College Avenue: An independent living community, the house features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a common living room, and a full kitchen and houses approximately nine students.

Academics[edit | edit source]

Keystone College offers around 40 degree options at the undergraduate and graduate levels in several academic programs within two schools. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Turock School of Arts and Sciences

  • Communication, Art, and Humanities
  • Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Professional Studies

  • Business, Management, and Technology
  • Education

Graduate Studies[edit | edit source]

Keystone College offers graduate programs in the following areas and delivery formats:

  • Business Administration (MBA) - online
  • Early Childhood Education Leadership - hybrid
  • Criminal Justice - online

Athletics[edit | edit source]

Keystone's 18 teams compete in the Colonial States Athletic Conference as a Division III school under the NCAA. Teams are known as the Giants, named after the baseball team that alumnus Christy Mathewson played for.

Men's teams[edit | edit source]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football (scheduled to compete beginning in 2019)
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Women's teams[edit | edit source]

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Publications[edit | edit source]

The Key is the student newspaper. The Keystonian is the college magazine for alumni and friends.

Notable alumni[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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