Marywood College was established by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in l915. In 1917 the College was incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and in 1921 approval of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools was secured. The College expanded to include graduate study in 1921, and the charter was extended on June 26,1922, to include the Master of Arts degree. In the intervening years, the College moved to expand graduate degree offerings in those areas where it had particularly strong resources and strong mission related needs. In the spring of 1997, the Pennsylvania Department of Education approved the request to change Marywood's status from college to university. By definition, a university is a multi-unit institution with a complex structure and diverse educational functions, including instruction, promotion of scholarship, preservation and discovery of knowledge, research, and service.
In addition, a university has a broad cultural basis from which undergraduate and graduate units draw upon the arts and sciences for basic courses. Currently the University offers the widest variety of professional degree programs in the region.
Marywood University, sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, roots itself in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the principle of justice, and the belief that education empowers people. The University integrates an enduring liberal arts tradition and professional disciplines to create a comprehensive learning experience. Our undergraduate and graduate programs promote academic excellence, advance innovative scholarship, and foster leadership in service to others. Within a welcoming and supportive community, Marywood challenges individuals of all backgrounds to achieve their full potential and make choices based on spiritual and ethical values. Marywood University prepares students to seek sustainable solutions for the common good and educates global citizens to live responsibly in an interdependent world.
1. Provide a values based context for university experiences.
2. Foster an awareness and appreciation of the pluralistic nature of contemporary society.
3. Provide a supportive and welcoming environment to a diverse academic community.
4. Prepare people for socially responsible leadership roles.
5. Provide a challenging instructional program.
6. Inspire a sense of personal responsibility for responding to social justice issues.
In support of the mission, the Marywood University community actively espouses five core values:
Marywood University has developed an excellent three-fold faculty system to bring teaching and instruction to the highest level possible. This three-fold system involves full-time faculty, community professional practitioners in the applied disciplines, and field site/practicum supervisors. Each of the three groups works in concert to deliver the curricula. This approach integrates and balances practice and theory in the professions, keeping the curriculum current to practice, and is reflective of the creative ideas generated in the various disciplines.
The majority of Marywood's full-time faculty who teach graduate courses are experienced teachers and scholars. Their experience and the University's long history in adult professional and aesthetic education are factors which have led, over the years, to an open and engaging faculty-student relationship. At Marywood, the quality of facultystudent relationships, both within and outside the classroom, has become the standard by which educational excellence is measured.
Scholarship at Marywood supports and builds upon its teaching and service activities. Faculty scholarship is frequently linked closely to teaching and becomes integrated into coursework on an ongoing basis. Faculty work with students to improve research skills and a scholarly orientation within the professional degree programs. Joint publishing of students and faculty is an aspiration of all four colleges and the School of Architecture and is encouraged within the faculty. Graduate programs, because of a curricular focus on the human services and the professions, stress especially the concrete application of theoretical and empirical findings to local, regional, national, and international needs whenever possible. The role of scholarship is continuing to grow at Marywood with the development of annual opportunities on campus via the Graduate Research Forum in which faculty and students present their findings each spring.
Each of the four colleges and the School of Architecture are led by a dean, aided by the advice and wisdom of the faculty, and provide specific structures and opportunities for student and community input. The standards and policies of graduate education evolve from the openness of discussion, self-criticism, and debate which graduate education embraces. Formally, the process of information gathering, judgment, and decision-making occurs through the following committees and organizations: Policy and Operations Committees, Curriculum Committee, various department-based advisory groups and a Graduate Student Council.
Marywood University has an enrollment of almost 3,500 students; enrollment at the graduate level is almost 1,200 students. Graduate students, both full-time and parttime, represent a diversity of backgrounds. Actively working to increase the diversity of the student body in Marywood's graduate programs is a high priority. Marywood's size permits a closeness in faculty-student relations, uncommon in larger research-oriented graduate schools.
Marywood University is located on a scenic property of 115 acres on the edge of the city of Scranton. Visitors are impressed with the natural beauty of the campus, which has been designated a national arboretum. Nestled along scenic walkways, the campus' twenty-five centers of living and learning create a relaxed and aesthetically pleasing environment for studies.
Marywood's commitment to nature and an aesthetic learning environment has been enhanced over the past decade with major developments in communications technologies and library and computer resources. The University operates its own television and radio stations and satellite dish for receiving programming from around the world.
The Shields Center for Visual Arts, with its two outstanding galleries, the Suraci and the Contemporary, provides the graduate student with a variety of exhibits throughout the year. Marywood's strong heritage in music programming affords a rich repertoire of musical performances in the Sette-LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. In the fall of 1999, Marywood dedicated the William G. McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. The Insalaco Center for Studio Arts was dedicated in 2001, and the O'Neill Center for Healthy Families was built in 2002. These buildings provide state-of-the-art facilities for students in the Art, Athletic Training, and Nutrition and Dietetics programs, among others. To fulfill student needs for meeting places and recreation, the Nazareth Student Center provides lounges, a dining marketplace, snack bar, game room, and bookstore. Opened in 2006, the Center for Athletics and Wellness supports both athletic and academic programs, including Health and Physical Education, Athletic Training, and Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science. The building includes a 5,000 square foot fitness center, a 1500 seat arena, an indoor jogging track, dance and aerobics studio, locker rooms, athletic training room and hydro therapy room, student lounge, and a climbing wall. Open air tennis courts are nearby. The Marywood University Aquatics Center is an extension of the Center for Athletics and Wellness and includes an eight-lane pool, team locker rooms, and spectator seating for 190. The School of Architecture was dedicated in 2009 and is a spacious state-of-the-art facility with an open, shared central space and individualized space for students.
Marywood University is located in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area with easy access to the Pocono Mountains and resort areas. It is conveniently centered at the intersection of many interstate highways. The campus is 120 miles west of NewYork City and 115 miles north of Philadelphia.
The University's location in a metropolitan area of more than 72,000 people, with reasonable access to the major eastern cities, provides the best of two worlds for graduate education - access and self-sufficiency. The Scranton area is home to a well-established off-Broadway series, offers a noted ski facility in Sno Mountain and Yankees Triple A baseball. The strong and continuing ethnic heritage of the region affords excellent variety and outstanding restaurant options. Several state parks and recreational areas are convenient to the city and provide excellent opportunities for summer and winter sports, camping, picnicking, and other outdoor activities. Culture, recreation, and educational resources are blended well in Marywood's location. It is an area that, in recent years, has been ranked high in national studies for its quality of life and has been experiencing a strong and sustained economic emergence in the past decade.