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Keystone College
Motto Progress Through Effort
Established 1868
Type Private, 4-year, Co-Educational
Endowment $8,900,000 US[1]
President Dr. Edward G. Boehm, Jr.
Undergraduates 1,750 [2]
Location La Plume, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Residential Area
270 acres (1.1 km²)
Sports 14 men's and women's teams
Colors Orange & Blue
Nickname Giants
Mascot "K.C."
Website Keystone College
One College Green
La Plume, PA 18440

Keystone College is a small private college located in La Plume, Pennsylvania in Lackawanna County. The school was founded in 1868.



Keystone Academy was founded in 1868 by Dr. John 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.


Presidents of the College

  • Dr. Edward G. Boehm, Jr. 1995-present
  • Charles F. Kennedy 1994-1995
  • Dr. Robert E. Mooney, Jr. 1987-1994
  • Margaretta Belin Chamberlin 1985-1987
  • Dr. Louis V. Wilcox, Jr. 1983-1985
  • John B. Hibbard 1975-1983
  • Dr. Harry K. Miller 1960-1975
  • Dr. Blake Tewksbury 1945-1960
  • Byron S. Hollinshead 1934-1945

Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

  • David L. Tressler: 2004-2006
  • Diane Paparo '76: 2006-present
  • William Bender: 2008-present

Alma mater

Hail Alma Mater, our voices are raised to thee.
Of you, Alma Mater our praises will ever be.
To Keystone College, we give our thanks anew,
We go forth and promise, to pledge our lives to you!

Hail Alma Mater, endeavor shall be our creed.
For you, Alma Mater by virtue ever lead.
To Keystone College, we give our thanks anew,
We go forth and promise, to pledge our lives to you!


Keystone College is nestled on a 270 acre (1.1 km²) tract at the gateway to the Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The campus is 15 miles northwest of Scranton, on U.S. Routes 6 and 11 and is spread over both Lackawanna and Wyoming counties. Keystone College is committed to the protection and preservation of our environment. The college has taken many steps towards the achievement of a green campus.[1]

Academic Buildings

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

Administration/Non-Academic Buildings

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

Athletic Facilities

  • Gambal Athletic Center: Ace Spalding Arena, Fornicola Wellness Center, Weight Training Room
  • Ned Boehm Field
  • Edmunds Field
  • Christy Mathewson Field
  • Diane Murray Tennis Center

Residence Halls

  • Moffat Residence Hall
  • Frear/Reynolds Residence Hall
  • Keystone Commons
  • Hollinshead Residence Hall
  • Tewksbury Residence Hall
  • Davis Hall


Bachelor's Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Biological Science: Natural Sciences-Environmental Biology
  • Biological Science: Natural Sciences-Pre Physical Therapy (4 + 3)
  • Biological Science: Natural Sciences-Forensic Biology Concentration
  • Biological Science: Natural Sciences-General Biology Concentration
  • Business
  • Communication Arts & Humanities
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Environmental Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • Professional Studies: Organizational Leadership
  • Professional Studies: Social Science
  • Psychology
  • Sport and Recreation Management
  • Teaching: Art Education (K-12)
  • Teaching: Child and Society
  • Teaching: Mathematics (7-12)
  • Teaching: Social Studies Education (7-12)
  • Visual Art

Associate Degrees

  • Allied Health: Medical Technology Emphasis
  • Allied Health: Nursing/Cytotechnology Emphasis
  • Allied Health: Occupational Therapy/Respiratory Care Emphasis
  • Allied Health: Radiotherapy/Cytotechnology Emphasis
  • Art
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Forestry Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Liberal Studies
  • Wildlife Biology

Academic Minors

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Casino Management
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Investigation
  • Digital Media
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance
  • Forensic Biology
  • Homeland Security
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sport and Recreation Management
  • Theatre

Student life


The Key is the student newspaper, which is published during the fall and spring semesters. [3]


  • Sport Management and Recreation Team (SMART)
  • Sports and Recreation Management Club
  • Wrestling
  • Cheerleading
  • Keystone Snow Team

Clubs and organizations

  • Act 101
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Commuter Council
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Eco Club
  • Equestrian Club
  • Forensic Science Club
  • Inter-Hall Counci
  • Jr. Professional Chefs of NEPA
  • Keystone Art Society
  • KeystoneMofyah Steppers Club
  • Keystone Service Club
  • Marquise Club
  • Multicultural Affairs Student Association (MCASA)
  • Opposing Prejudice Ending Negativity (OPEN)
  • Prevention Activities Committee (PAC)
  • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
  • Snow Team
  • The Keystone Players
  • The Winner's Circle Club
  • Twenty-One Plus Students (T.O.P.S.)
  • WKCV Radio


  • Ringing of the Sam Lily Bell is the call to Convocation.
  • Walking across the amphitheater stage on the Riparian Trail on the last day of classes during freshman year insures timely graduation.
  • Crossing a pedestrian bridge to the Woodlands Campus on the day of an exam lends good luck.
  • Shaking hands with a teammate in front of the Christy Mathewson statue on game day brings good luck to the Giants.


Keystone is a member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference. The College is a Division III school under NCAA.

Men's teams

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Teams

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

Notable alumni


External links

Coordinates: 41°33′32″N 75°46′30″W / 41.559°N 75.775°W / 41.559; -75.775


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