History of the College
- History of the College
Keystone, the Academy
Keystone Academy was originally chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1868, with instruction beginning the following year in the local Baptist church in Factoryville. In 1870, ground was broken on the current site for the Academy's first building, Harris Hall, named after John Howard Harris, first president of Keystone. Harris Hall continues to serve Keystone College today.
The Academy flourished during its early years and established a standard of excellence that became a model in the area. Many distinguished scholars, among them the presidents of three universities, have graduated from Keystone.
A Junior College
At the time it was chartered, Keystone Academy was the only high school between Binghamton, N.Y., and Scranton, Pa. For over 65 years, the Academy served the secondary educational needs of the region admirably. Nevertheless, the school's trustees came to realize that a quality college education must be available to the citizens of our area. As a result, Keystone Academy was rechartered as Scranton-Keystone Junior College in 1934. Ten years later, the name of the College was shortened to Keystone Junior College, and in 1995 to its present form, Keystone College.
Growth and Vitality
During the sixties and early seventies, Keystone experienced a period of unprecedented growth. At that time, many of Keystone's residence halls and its spacious library and classroom building, Miller Library, were built. The science building, Capwell Hall, was expanded, and the Hibbard Campus Center was added on to Evans Hall. Keystone's Thomas G. Cupillari '60 Astronomical Observatory in nearby Fleetville, Pa., also began operations at that time.
Keystone's growth and vitality continued in the eighties with the opening of the new multi-million dollar Gambal Athletic Center and the renovation of Keystone's historic Harris Hall.
Baccalaureate Degree Programs
In 1998, the College received formal approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer baccalaureate degree programs. President Boehm made the announcement of what he called a "new era" for the College at the 127th commencement exercises held in May, 1998.
In 2000, the College awarded its first baccalaureate degree and announced the receipt of its first million dollar gift. January 2001 marked the opening of the College's newest residence hall, Keystone Commons, the first new residence hall built on campus since Moffat Hall in 1970.
Less visible, but more impressive than its physical growth, has been Keystone's academic growth. Existing curricula are evaluated and revised regularly, and new curricula and degrees are added in response to changes in education and the workplace. Classes also are offered to adult and non-traditional students through Keystone College's traditional part-time program and the Weekender schedule, which enables students to earn their degrees by attending classes approximately every third weekend. In addition, holdings in Miller Library are increased annually, and the most recent educational technology is readily available to students.
Keystone College, Today
Currently, the College offers 19 bachelor's degrees, 13 associate degrees and enrolls a diverse student body from throughout the U.S. and more than 10 countries. The College also participates in Division III athletics, fielding 15 men's and women's teams.
Today, with its career-oriented liberal arts in place, Keystone College is a leader in education. The faculty, board of trustees, administration, and staff are committed to making your experience here something special. By choosing Keystone, with over 141 years of experience, you commit yourself to that goal as well.