Frequently Asked Questions

Get all the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Is a portfolio required for admissions?

After applying to the Art program through Marywood's Admissions office, prospective art students must then submit a portfolio and short essay to be admitted into the Art Department. Portfolios may be submitted to the Art Department any time in the fall or spring however only incoming freshmen portfolios submitted before March 1 of each year will be considered for an Art Talent Award.

Your portfolio should include 12 to 15 original works and demonstrate artistic technique, style, conceptualization, and creativity. We encourage you to download our Portfolio Guidelines PDF and use our Portfolio Submission Checklist PDF to document and submit your portfolio materials.

I still have other questions. Who should I contact?

General:

For information about applications, financial aid, housing, transferring, campus visits, and general information, contact Marywood Admissions.

Undergraduate Admissions
570-348-6234 | YourFuture@marywood.edu
Toll Free: 1-TO-MARYWOOD (1-866-279-9663)
120 Liberal Arts Center | 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton PA 18509
http://marywood.edu/admissions


Department of Visual Arts:

To learn more about the Art Department, ask questions about a specific art program, speak with a faculty member, or to schedule a personal, family, school, or group visit to our galleries and art facilities, please call 570-348-6278 or email us at art@marywood.edu.

Patrick Cowley
Administrative Assistant, Art
(570) 348-6278 ext 2191
Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, 119
pcowley@marywood.edu

How can I arrange a personal tour of the art facilities?

Let Marywood’s Department of Visual Arts help you discover “where creativity works.” To learn more about the Art Department or to schedule a personal, family, school, or group visit to our galleries and facilities, please call our department secretary at 570-348-6278 or email at art@marywood.edu.

What will the learning environment be like for Marywood Art students?

Marywood Art students will attend classes throughout campus, but most of the work will be done in our two dedicated art buildings. At the Insalaco Center for Visual Arts and the Shields Center for Studio Arts, every art student at Marywood has access to superb facilities: computer labs, 3D printing, darkrooms, drawing, painting, printmaking, metal, wood, sculpture studios and weaving looms.

Facilities are available to art students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and free lockers are situated throughout each building.  Each floor offers ample display space for student work to foster inspiration, collective discussions, debates, displays, and project critiques. See http://marywood.edu/art/facilities/ for more information.

Is it true that the art program can be very rigorous?

Our program is designed to prepare students for careers in the arts. Both national accreditation requirements and the University's Liberal Arts core courses contribute to a very stimulating program. Students should expect to spend a considerable amount of time in the studio, in addition to their traditional course work. In addition, we encourage art students to add a minor of 18 credits in a complimentary area of interest either inside or outside the art department.

How do I apply to the University?

Students can apply online. Note the following important items:

  • SAT-I or ACT scores: Marywood accepts scores reported on official transcripts. Marywood's code number for the College Board is 2407 and for ACT is 3626.
  • Transcript: Official copy of your high school transcript
  • Recommendation: Provide one letter of recommendation from a counselor or instructor who is familiar with your academic background. We also welcome additional letters from teachers, friends or family members who are familiar with your academic achievements and interests.
  • Visit Campus: Arrange a campus visit and an admission interview to discuss your achievements, your education plans, and your career goals with an admission counselor.
  • Fee: The $35 application fee will be waived if you submit the Marywood online application or Common Application.

For additional information, contact Admissions:

Undergraduate Admissions
570-348-6234 | YourFuture@marywood.edu

Toll Free: 1-TO-MARYWOOD (1-866-279-9663)
120 Liberal Arts Center | 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton PA 18509
marywood.edu/admissions

Do I have to do a personal portfolio review in person?

No.  However, we have learned that students become more certain about Marywood University after a campus visit, including meeting with an admissions counselor, financial aid counselor, and faculty member for a personal portfolio review. Students may schedule a campus visit and portfolio review on the same day. If you are unable to schedule an in person review, portfolios may be sent by mail, delivered in person, or sent as a digital portfolio (USB Flash Drive, CD/CDR, URL, Dropbox). Mailed portfolios must be picked up no later than 21 days after submission. To have your CD or flash drive portfolio returned by mail, be sure to include a padded, stamped, self-addressed envelope with your submission.

What is the deadline for application submission?

Marywood University operates on a rolling admissions basis. High school seniors are encouraged to submit their completed applications as early as possible.

Portfolios may be submitted to the Art Department any time in the fall or spring prior to the semester of admission, however only incoming freshmen portfolios submitted before March 1 of each year will be considered for an Art Talent Award. Awards are made as portfolios are received, therefore early applications are encouraged.

How long will does it take to process my application?

Your University application takes approximately 2-3 weeks from receipt of last required information to process. The Department of Visual Arts also needs approximately 2 weeks to thoroughly review your artist portfolio.

Can I transfer my credits?

If you demonstrate satisfactory academic performance at another college or university, you may apply for admission as a transfer student. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a case by case basis. Academic courses presented for transfer should be equivalent to courses required by the programs of study at Marywood.

When is the school open for a visit?

The Department of Visual Arts is open for visitors. We encourage prospective students to schedule an appointment with Undergraduate Admissions so they get the most out of their facilities and campus visit. Our full campus information sessions/tours are offered twice each weekday: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and every Saturday at 10 a.m. except during holiday weekends and Open House Events. To request an appointment for a campus visit, call (866) 279-9663 or complete our online form.

Can I attend the program part-time?

Although the curriculum is designed for full-time students it is possible to attend part-time. Keep in mind, however, as some courses are only offered in the fall or spring, attending part-time will likely extend the length of enrollment well beyond the standard 4 years for an undergraduate degree.

Where can I learn more about on-campus housing?

About half of our undergraduate students live on-campus. Marywood offers a variety of housing options, from large residence halls to smaller shared apartments and houses. To discover more about on-campus housing, dining, sports & fitness, clubs& activities, and health & wellness, explore Marywood’s Campus Life.

How large is the typical art class size?

Studio art classes vary depending on the subject and room size. Most courses range from 10-20 students while art history courses are capped at 30 students.

What art opportunities and events exist outside of the campus? Does the Art Department have any clubs or provide art related activities for art majors?

At Marywood, we strive to provide all of our Art majors and minors with opportunities to engage with other students and artists both on and off campus. Activities and opportunities for Art majors include participation in local gallery exhibitions, publication in the school newspaper and literary magazine, attending guest lectures, gallery openings, and conferences, bus trips to New York City, participating in internships and fieldwork, and getting involved with club activities. Learn more.

The Art Department currently has 6 clubs and organizations dedicated to the arts. Overall, Marywood’s Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) offers over 60 extra-curricular registered clubs and organizations.

Are there opportunities for study abroad?

The Opportunity of a Lifetime! There’s a wide world waiting for you out there. Success in the field of visual arts depends not only on technical expertise, but also on your breadth of experience and depth of insight. Marywood encourages all art students to experience firsthand the global nature of our cultural tradition.

Your classmates, professors, and Marywood alumni can help you select the ideal program for you in the country of your choice. We offer opportunities to spend a semester, a summer session, or even a short study tour in places like Florence, Paris, London, Dublin, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin, Sydney, and beyond. See what our students are saying about their study abroad experiences through Marywood.

Where can I learn more about financial aid and work study opportunities?

99% of first-time students receive financial aid at Marywood University. Eligibility for federal and state funded programs is based on demonstrated financial need. The University also awards scholarships and grants on the basis of academic merit. As an applicant for admission to Marywood University, you are considered for all financial assistance for which you qualify. In addition to scholarships, grants, and loans, eligible Marywood students can apply for Work Study positions.

Are there any scholarship or talent award opportunities?

Marywood University offers a variety of scholarships and grants designed to help students meet the cost of tuition. Scholarship awards are based on the student's academic portfolio presented at the time of admission and are normally considered final as of January 31.

To be considered for the Art Department’s Art Talent Award, your portfolio must be submitted to the Art Department by March 1. Portfolios received after March 1 have no guarantee that award monies will still be available. Art Talent Awards are only available to incoming freshman students and transfer students from another school's art program. Once you have registered for classes, you cannot receive an award.

What opportunities lie ahead for students with Art degrees?

There are lots of ways to use your Art degree professionally. The Marywood Art Department programs prepare undergraduate students to pursue a wide variety of career paths in Arts Administration, Art Education, Art Therapy, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Fiber Arts, Sculpture, and more. Download our Free Art Careers Poster to explore careers in each discipline.

What are the job placement opportunities for Marywood graduates?

89% of our recent graduating class is either working or attending graduate school. As you explore the Art Department website at http://www.marywood.edu/art, you’ll see Alumni Success Stories along the right sidebar. We also feature Alumni Stories on our department blog, Where Creativity Works.

Who can I talk to about enrolling in Marywood’s Department of Visual Arts?

Contact an admissions counselor to set up a campus visit and an opportunity to discuss your achievements, your education plans, and your career goals. From there, we can arrange for you to speak with a faculty member in your area of interest to answer your specific questions about the program.

Undergraduate Admissions
570-348-6234 | YourFuture@marywood.edu
Toll Free: 1-TO-MARYWOOD (1-866-279-9663)
120 Liberal Arts Center | 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton PA 18509
http://marywood.edu/admissions

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Does Marywood University offer financial aid?