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Outstanding students. Loyal alumni. Dedicated faculty and staff.

Without a doubt, those qualities have been the hallmark of Keystone College since 1868. Together, we have worked to build Keystone into all that is has become and all that it will be in the days, months, and years which lie ahead.

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We look to the past in order to appreciate the present and plan for the future.

1868 – Keystone Academy originally chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with instruction beginning the following year in the local Baptist church in Factoryville.

1870 – Ground broken on the current site for Keystone Academy’s first building, Harris Hall, named after John Howard Harris, first president of Keystone.

1934 – Keystone Academy re-chartered as Scranton-Keystone Junior College.

1936 – First associate degree awarded to A. Llewellyn Baer.

History of Keystone Presidents

Keystone's long line of leaders have been committed to growth and excellence since it was first founded as an academy in 1868.

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1944 – The name of the College shortened to Keystone Junior College.

1970 – Moffat Hall, Keystone’s first residence hall built on campus.

1995 – The name of the College again shortened to its present name, Keystone College.

1998 – The College received formal approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer baccalaureate degree programs.

2000 – First baccalaureate degree, a bachelor of science in criminal justice, was awarded to Stacy Davis Bell.

A Baseball Great.

Baseball great Christy Mathewson attended Keystone from 1895-1898, when he excelled on the school’s baseball and football teams. Recording 373 professional pitching victories, including a National league record 37 wins in 1908, Mathewson was inducted posthumously into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, as part of the charter induction class with Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner.

We still excel in baseball.

The Keystone College baseball team has won 12 consecutive conference championships and appeared in the NCAA Division III National Championship Series, finishing as the 2016 runner-up.

2001 – The opening of the College’s newest residence hall, Keystone Commons.

2004 – Keystone College student-athletes begin competing at the NCAA Division III level.

2005 – 103.5 WKCV-FM, Keystone’s student-run radio station began on-air broadcasting and has since advanced with web-streaming royalty rights so the station can broadcast over the Internet and can be heard by anyone, anywhere, with an internet connection.

2006 – The College inducts its inaugural class into the Athletics Hall of Fame.

2007 – Keystone is a charter member to the President’s Climate Commitment, an innovative commitment to the environment initiated by select college presidents nationwide.

 

Keeping the Keystone Promise

Our pledge that within six months of graduating from Keystone College you will have received at least one job offer or been accepted into a transfer or graduate program.

2010 – Renovations to the exterior and interior upgrades of the Hibbard Campus Center

2011 – Keystone establishes the Howard Jennings Nature Preserve in honor of Howard Jennings, retired biology professor. A portion of the College’s beautiful Woodlands Campus will be not be developed in any way.

2012 – The Theatre in Brooks is renovated, featuring both mechanical and design updates.

2012 – Keystone’s nationally recognized efforts in environmental sustainability continue with the completion of a Rain Garden, managing storm water runoff and offering educational opportunities.

2014 – Opening of Keystone’s new $3.4 million synthetic all-weather Athletic Field and Track Complex.

2014 – The College receives formal approval from the United States Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education offer master’s degree programs.

2015 – Keystone dedicates the Eckel Family Pavilion, an outdoor gathering place for Keystone students, faculty, staff, alumni and local residents.

2015 – The College launches its innovative IncludED program, which allows students to take full advantage of their college education by incorporating the costs of texts as part of tuition. Full-time students receive an iPad which allows them to download texts.

 

Keystone College Today

Currently enrolling nearly 1,400 students, Keystone offers more than 40 degree options in liberal arts and science based programs. The College provides distinctive programs and students receive a comprehensive education with active and engaged learning opportunities that stimulate interests, improve skills, and ensure career readiness.

2016 – College awards first master’s degrees.

2016 – The Keystone College baseball team advances to the National Championship Series of the NCAA Division III College World Series.

2016 – Keystone College opens the Regional Center for Excellence in 3-D Design, a technology resource for the entrepreneurial, business, manufacturing, and educational communities.