Elisabeth CostanzoSenior Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6234 ext 2170
About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions staff in the Spring of 2012 after completing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Scranton. My personal career at Marywood began when I was 6 years old, when I started studying music privately on campus. Even then, I considered myself to be part of the Marywood family. I grew up and currently reside in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.
My interests: Traveling, cooking, golfing, skiing, ballroom dancing (specifically the Argentine Tango and Viennese Waltz), sailing, talking to interesting people, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with the people that I love.
My favorite thing about Marywood: The history of Marywood. Founded in 1915, Marywood was the first institution in Northeastern Pennsylvania to extend the privilege of a higher education to women. In addition, Marywood was the first Catholic women’s college in the state of Pennsylvania. For almost 100 years, Marywood has committed itself to a personal mission of turning out well-educated men and women, who are encouraged to use their God given talents, coupled with a quality education, to provide service globally.
My favorite place on campus: Unquestionably, the Rotunda! My earliest memory of Marywood is taking long walks around the campus with my mother each fall, collecting as many acorns as I could fit in my little hand. After walking for what felt like forever, my mother always ended our trip to Marywood with a visit to the Rotunda. For me, gazing up at the Rotunda was like looking at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. I was, and still am in awe of the incredibly beautiful artwork that is featured within it. I am privileged to walk through the Rotunda every day on my way into my office. I always stop, look up, and take it in, just like when I was a little girl.
You'd never guess: I love speaking in different accents. I spend more time practicing them than I would like to admit. I can carry on a full conversation hopping from a deep southern accent to a light British accent. It’s a dorky hobby, but I have so much fun with it!
My best advice: For those of you from NEPA, please don’t underestimate local universities! This area is filled with quality institutions of higher education, though many local students never investigate them because of their desire to “get away.” It is a great misconception that you cannot get “the full college experience” if you stay close to home. It is a shame when students miss out on finding a university that may be the perfect fit for them, just because it happens to be in their backyard.