Components of the Application for Admission (Undergraduate)

Basic Items Required for an Application for Admission

Each person who wishes to enroll in an undergraduate degree program completes and submits to the Office of University Admissions a Marywood application for admission. A check or money order in the amount of the nonrefundable application fee, made payable to Marywood University, should accompany the paper version of the application. Any fee waiver requests must be attached to the application in lieu of the required fee. Applications submitted online do not require an application fee. In addition, the candidate is responsible for the submission of the following to the Office of University Admissions:

  • An official transcript which reflects all course work in which a person has enrolled in secondary school and/or in a postsecondary institution. The secondary school transcript should indicate the person’s cumulative GPA.
  • One letter of recommendation from a candidate’s guidance counselor. We also welcome a letter from a teacher, friend, family member or a person familiar with the candidate’s background/work.
  • Official scores from the College Board’s SAT or from the American College Testing Program’s ACT. The candidate should take the SAT or the ACT in the spring of the junior year and/or in the autumn/winter of the senior year. Test scores should be sent directly to Marywood University by the testing agency.
  • An official report of the scores from the General Education Development Test (GED), if applicable. Students 21 years of age or older are not required to complete the SAT or ACT. Students less than 21 years of age must complete the SAT or ACT.
  • A personal statement consisting of at least 250 words on one of the topics provided by the Common Application.
    1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
    4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma — anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took, or could be taken to identify a solution.
    5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

If the primary language of the candidate is not English and previous formal education was not in English, an official score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required.

Candidates are invited to visit the campus. An admission interview is not required, but is strongly encouraged because it provides a special opportunity to explore the candidate’s interests and the University’s programs, as well as view Marywood’s facilities and learn about student life and academic support services.