Ready. Set. Forward!

Marywood University’s Plan for a Successful and Safe Academic Year

Marywood University has developed an expansive, yet versatile, plan to move forward into a successful academic year. Understanding that public health circumstances are continually evolving, our Ready. Set. Forward! Plan is not static—it is built to both prepare for and adapt to these unpredictable times.

While this plan provides guidelines and protocols for a safe, productive year, the latest updates can always be found at

Marywood’s HyBridge Education Model is the key to our plan, designed to provide students with options and choices. This blended model of learning incorporates remote, interactive instruction, and in-person experiences that enhance student learning, preserving both the safety of students and faculty and delivering a high-quality educational experience. This model ensures the continuity of learning, even if circumstances demand a pivot to entirely remote instruction at any point in the semester.

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  • HyBridge Education ModelA blended learning model, incorporating remote interactive and in-person personalized instruction, coupled with internships and clinical opportunities, safely delivering a high-quality education.

  • Enhanced Core - A flexible core curriculum designed to facilitate student choice and enhance their professional studies, creating a fully integrated learning experience.


  • Student SupportA full complement of reengineered academic, advising, and counseling services, coupled with athletics, social activities, service opportunities, and career counseling, enabling student success.
  • Campus Safety - A 115-acre suburban campus, located in a low-density residential neighborhood, ideal for physical distancing and small class sizes, putting safety first for our students.

Planning Framework

An extensive team of experts from across the university was established to develop this plan, based on the overall Guiding Principle of putting the health, safety, and welfare of Marywood students and employees first. Given the uncertain environment in which we are operating, this plan was written to be as flexible as possible, providing options that best meet student needs. Recognizing that the total college experience is a blend of academics, along with social activities, we strived to strike a balance between the two. We have done our best to take into account the most current direction, guidelines, and mandates from multiple outside parties, including, but not limited to, various federal, state, and local government agencies, healthcare providers, the PA Department of Education, the CDC, and the NCAA. The information contained in this plan is provided in good faith; however, we are constantly monitoring events and will make any adjustments should it become necessary.