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Marywood University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree and certificate programs to make an informed education decision.

About Marywood University

Marywood University was founded in 1915 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The institution maintains a Catholic focus today, but it accepts students of various religious backgrounds. The campus is located in Scranton, PA, which is about a 2.5-hour drive from New York City and Philadelphia.


Marywood offers roughly 60 undergraduate degree programs and 40 graduate programs through 4 colleges. The university offers an undergraduate honors program and undergraduate research opportunities, as well as housing a career services division that assists students in securing professional internships. Students may also take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and participate in more than 60 student organizations and clubs.


Marywood admitted 70% of its undergraduate applicants in 2011, and 30% of these applicants enrolled. Prospective undergraduates must submit a completed application form, standardized test scores, transcripts and a recommendation letter from a teacher or counselor. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and the institution notifies applicants of admissions decisions within 2-3 weeks after the application has been submitted. The institution may accept qualifying scores on some College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) tests for credit.

Roughly two-thirds (66%) of Marywood undergraduates are from Pennsylvania. The undergraduate student body consists of 83% White, 4% Hispanic/Latino, 2% Asian and 1% Black/African American students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012-2013, Marywood tuition was $28,080 per year for students taking 12-18 credits per semester. This base tuition does not include additional fees and costs. Room and meals cost about $7,300 and $5,700, respectively, for students residing on campus. Books and supplies were roughly $1,000. Graduate tuition ranges from $775 per credit for master's students to $870 per credit for doctoral students. Merit scholarship opportunities are available for undergraduates, and assistantship opportunities are available for graduate students.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Undergraduate and graduate certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate*
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 2,255 undergraduates and 1,143 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing All first- and second-year students required to live on campus unless they meet specific criteria**
Schools and Programs Four colleges; roughly 60 undergraduate majors and about 40 graduate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Dietetics (32)
Master's: Social work (113)
Doctorate: Multi-/interdisciplinary studies (14)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
51% in 4 years
62% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 70% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 466 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 84% for full-time and 33% for part-time students (2010-2011)*
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1,038 (reading and math composite) in 2011**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions for regular decision**
Decision Notification Date 2-3 weeks after receipt of completed application**
Tuition Roughly $28,100 for full-time undergrads in 2012-2013 (does not include fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (93%), Pell grants (36%), federal student loans (78%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 99% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Marywood University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Marywood University Admissions, Liberal Arts Center Room 120, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509
  • Phone: (570) 348-6234 or (866) 279-9663
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