Marywood Facts

The University

Marywood University prepares students to have a positive impact on society at regional and global levels while providing each student with the foundation for success in an interdependent world. Marywood University is coeducational, comprehensive, residential, and Catholic. Founded in 1915 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the University serves men and women from a variety of backgrounds and religions.

The University enrolls more than 3,000 students in an array of undergraduate and graduate programs. Committed to enriching human lives through ethical and religious values and a tradition of service and motivated by a pioneering, progressive spirit, Marywood provides a framework for educational excellence that enables students to develop fully as persons and to master professional and leadership skills necessary for meeting human needs.


Situated on a hill top, Marywood's scenic 115-acre campus is part of an attractive residential area of the city of Scranton in northeastern Pennsylvania. With a population of 75,000, Scranton is the sixth-largest city in Pennsylvania and is the county seat of Lackawanna County. Marywood has the advantage of being close to major cities of the northeast:

  • 2 1/2 hours to New York City
  • 2 1/2 hours to Philadelphia
  • 4 hours to Washington, D.C.
  • 5 1/2 hours to Boston

Several airlines serve the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, which is 20 minutes from campus. The Pocono Mountains, offering spectacular scenery and an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities including downhill skiing, are only a few minutes from campus.

Academic Programs

Marywood's programs are administered through three degree-granting colleges. Undergraduate degrees are offered in a variety of academic programs, including the arts, sciences, music, fine arts, social work, and nursing. All students are required to complete a core curriculum in the liberal arts in addition to the courses in their major. Opportunities for undergraduates abound through double majors, honors and independent study programs, practicums, internships, and study abroad. Army and Air Force ROTC programs are also available.

The University is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and its programs are accredited by the overseeing organizations in each discipline.

Full list of Marywood's accreditations


87% of Marywood's full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1. Faculty members are evaluated on both their teaching and their scholarly and artistic activities.

Financial Aid

Marywood offers a comprehensive program of financial aid to assist students in meeting educational costs. Eligibility for federal and state-funded programs is based on demonstrated financial need. In determining financial need, a federal eligibility formula is used to analyze family income and assets.

Applicants to Marywood are considered for all financial assistance programs for which they qualify. Candidates are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Marywood application form, preferably by February 15.