Keystone College
One College Green
La Plume, PA 18440
Tel: (570) 945-6953
Or toll Free: 1-877-4COLLEGE
Fax (570) 945-7916

277 men/333 women
94 men/255 women

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Average SAT scores:
V 430/M430
Freshmen retention rate:
68% F'01-F'02

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Keystone College
One College Green
La Plume, PA 18440

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College Description
Nestled in the foothills of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Keystone College is a residential college that offers a scenic, safe, and peaceful environment for academic and personal growth. The 270-acre campus is 15 minutes northwest of Scranton on U.S. Routes 6 and 11. Interstates 380, 80, 81, 84, and 476 provide easy access to Keystone from all directions. Keystone College has a long and distinguished history dating back to 1868 when it was founded as Keystone Academy. In 1934, the College became Keystone Junior College and in 1994 became Keystone College. Through its progression, Keystone has been able to maintain its tradition of providing an educational experience of high quality that is characterized by close student-faculty relations and individual counseling. Keystone is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and offers career-oriented liberal arts-based educational programs leading to Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees. Keystone offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Academic Life
Keystone offers 21 associate degree and 12 bachelor's majors. Students are offered a wide variety of choices for their fields of study in such areas as allied health, business, communications, criminal justice, culinary arts, environmental sciences, fine art, hospitality, human services, liberal studies, and pre-major for students who do not yet have a clear focus on their future. Cooperative education is available for all majors. Keystone students have interned at hospitals, television stations, police stations, and wildlife conservation. Students have gained valuable co-op experience at such prestigious sites as Disney World and Seventeen Magazine. Upon graduation, students can choose to enter the work force or transfer to a four-year institution to continue their education. Sixty-five percent of Keystone graduates transfer, while others enter into rewarding careers. Keystone provides counseling and support to help students achieve their highest goals. Academic, career, co-op, and transfer counseling are provided for every student. For those who choose to transfer, Keystone has established articulation agreements with over 40 four-year institutions to facilitate transfer procedures. In addition, Keystone offers a guaranteed transfer program for the environmental science and forestry majors with the State University of New York/Syracuse.

Campus Life
A strong sense of community is realized in every aspect of campus life at Keystone College. Keystone students choosing to live on campus reside in one of seven residence halls, which include coed halls, single-sex halls, and special interest housing. Living quarters are conveniently located so students can easily walk to the library, classrooms, athletic center, theater, and athletic fields. Students also have easy access to the Hibbard Campus Center, which provides general recreational facilities and meeting rooms for social, recreational, and educational activities. Keystone's dining hall, snack bar, counseling center, post office, and bookstore are located there. Internet access, word processing, and spreadsheet software are available to all students in our computer labs. In addition, residence hall rooms are wired for Internet access. Participation in extracurricular activities is strongly encouraged in such areas as varsity sports, intramurals, and clubs. The Student Activities Board organizes an array of special events on campus throughout the school year.

Facilities and Resources
Keystone's principal building is Harris Hall, the oldest building on campus. It accommodates classrooms, along with administrative and faculty offices. Capwell Science Center houses classrooms, laboratories, and computer facilities for science, engineering, and mathematics. Computer labs are also located in Capwell and are open to all students. Studios for ceramics, drawing, sculpture, and painting are located in the Arts Center, with photographic arts and printmaking laboratories available in the recently renovated Ward Hall. ð Keystone College's 28,000-square-foot Gambal Athletic Center houses an NCAA standard-size basketball court, a wellness center, a weight-training room, classrooms, and faculty offices. Additional faculty offices are located in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building and the Miller Library. The Miller Library currently holds approximately 39,000 volumes and extensive files of periodicals and audiovisual materials, along with the Linder Art Gallery, the Platt Learning Center, and classrooms and conference rooms. Additional facilities include the Early Childhood Education Center, the Poinsard Greenhouse, and the Astronomical Observatory.

Keystone College competes at the Division III level and is a member of the USCAA. Competitive opportunities for men in soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, cross country, and tennis. Offerings for women include soccer, basketball,softball, volleyball, cross country, and tennis. Keystone has recently added coed club teams in golf, tennis, and cross-country. An extensive intramural program is also offered throughout the year to all Keystone students. Intramural activities include flag football, sand volleyball, coed softball, ping-pong, and soccer. Four athletic fields, tennis courts, and the Gambal Athletic Center provide the facilities necessary to accommodate Keystone's extensive physical education programs.

Financial Aid
Every freshman should apply for financial aid. Awards are based on need, in a combination of work-study, loans, and grants. The College's financial aid resources include Keystone Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, state guaranteed loans, Federal Work-Study Program awards, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Pell Grants, state grants, merit scholarships, and leadership awards. Other scholarships and grants are available through Keystone's private endowments. Nearly 89 percent of Keystone students receive some type of financial assistance with an average award of $14,950.

Admission Requirements
The College considers applicants who meet the following criteria: graduation from an approved secondary school or completion of a GED program, satisfactory scores on the SAT I or ACT (not required for adult students), and evidence of potential for successful college achievement. In special cases in which students appear to have not performed to their potential, students may be admitted on a provisional basis. Students admitted provisionally will be limited to 16 credits per semester and participate in a special academic support program. In addition, all prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus for a personal interview, which may include meeting with a faculty member from the candidate's area of interest, along with a tour of the campus.ð Keystone provides an opportunity through its early admission program for a student to enroll as a college freshman after his or her junior year of high school. The program is designed for students who desire a college education and who seek challenge in their academic work. To qualify, an applicant must rank high in his or her high school class, have a favorable recommendation from the principal or guidance counselor, and meet or surpass minimum scores set by the admission committee on either the SAT I or ACT. Generally, the student's high school awards a high school diploma upon successful completion of specific course requirements.

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