Talented music students with a strong academic record who audition early and take advantage of all available financial opportunities often realize attending Marywood is very affordable.


Opportunities lie in the following areas:

  • Marywood University Academic Scholarships
  • Federal Assistance (including student loans and work study programs)
  • Talent Awards for Gifted Musicians
  • Students are considered for Talent Awards during the departmental audition process


Acceptance by the University should be complete before scheduling an audition. Scholarship awards and other financial assistance cannot be completed until university acceptance has been verified.


1.  Apply for Acceptance to Marywood University

  • Go <www.marywood.edu> and click on “Admissions”
    • Complete the Application
      • Sign in and complete the online application. The $35 application fee is waived when the application is submitted online.  If you wish to complete a paper application, please download the application, print and follow the directions for submission.
  • Transcripts and Test Scores
    • Request an official copy of your high school transcript be sent to University Admissions.  Request the appropriate agency send SAT-I or ACT scores directly to University Admissions. Marywood will also accept scores reported on official transcripts. Marywood's College Board code is 2407 and ACT code is 3626.
  • Recommendation Letter
    • 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.


2.  Apply for Financial Assistance Options for Music Majors

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school. 
    • To submit a free online application for Federal Student Aid go to: www.fafsa.ed.gov
    • Application deadlines for Federal Student Aid:

                                 February 15 (fall entry)

                                 November 1 (spring entry)


3. Marywood University Academic Scholarships

Scholarships for significant amounts are awarded to students who present an impressive academic portfolio at the time of admission. It is important to apply early for admission, as these scholarships are normally considered final as of January 31st.


Presidential Scholar - $20,000 per academic year

To be considered:

  • Incoming Freshman
  • SAT Score
    • Combined SAT score of 1920 or higher Critical Reading, Math, and Writing
    • GPA
      • Six-semester high school GPA is a minimum of 3.50 (on a 4.00scale)
      • Candidates must have applied and been accepted to Marywood prior to January 31 of their senior year in high school.

Granted to qualified full-time freshmen entering in the fall semester. Award is renewable for up to eight (8) full-time undergraduate semesters prior to the awarding of the baccalaureate degree. Students are required to maintain full-time status and a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average to renew the award each year.


Trustees’ Scholarship / $11,000 - $17,500 per academic year

  • Freshmen and transfer students are eligible for consideration
    • For transfer students, postsecondary performance level is considered
    • Average SAT of 1180 (Critical Reading and Math)
    • Average high school GPA of 3.75
    • Awarded to students with exceptional academic achievements
      • SAT or ACT scores
      • High school performance
      • Types of courses completed.
      • Must maintain a grade point average of 3.00 for renewal


Centennial Scholarship / $9,000 - $16,000 per academic year 

  • SAT of 1070 (Critical Reading and Math)
  • Average high school GPA of 3.50
  • Freshmen and transfer students are eligible for consideration
  • Transfer students -  performance on the postsecondary level is considered
    • Must be full-time students
    • University GPA of 2.75
    • Award is renewable for eight (8) semesters.


Deans’ Scholarship / $7,000 - $15,000 per academic year   

  • SAT of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math)  
  • Average high school GPA of 3.00
  • Freshmen and transfer students are eligible for consideration
  • Transfer students - performance on the postsecondary level is considered
    • Must be full-time students
    • University GPA of 2.75
    • Award is renewable for eight (8) semesters.


Success Award /  $5,000 - $10,000 per academic year

  • For students who have demonstrated academic ability,
  • SAT of 950  (Critical Reading and Math)  
  • Average high school GPA of 2.75
  • Freshmen and transfer students are eligible for consideration
  • Transfer students - performance on the postsecondary level is considered
  • Recipients must be full-time students and maintain a University GPA of 2.75
  • Award is renewable for eight (8) semesters.


4. MUSIC TALENT AWARDS (Music Scholarships)


In addition to meeting the University’s admission standards, applicants must demonstrate musical ability in performance on their major instrument or voice before a music faculty jury (departmental audition). All applicants accepted into the department by established deadlines are considered for music talent awards. These scholarships total approximately $10,000.00 per academic year and are awarded on the basis of musical and academic promise. Once awarded, they are renewable for up to eight semesters of full-time undergraduate study. Awards to transfer students majoring in music are renewable up to a total of 8 semesters, counting full-time study at both the previous institution(s) and Marywood University.


Music Talent Awards vary in amount depending of the quality of the music audition, departmental needs, and other levels of institutional support (academic merit and need based financial aid). When Music Talent Awards are bundled with merit awards and need based financial aid, a music education at Marywood University becomes a very affordable option.


To be assured full consideration for a Music Talent Award, prospective students must complete an admission application to the university on or before February 1 and a music performance audition must be scheduled and completed by March 1.


5. Schedule a Departmental Audition

The Marywood University Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance utilizes an online system to schedule audition appointments. Please go to <www.marywood.edu/mtd/new-students-auditions> to provide the necessary information and select the time that best fits your schedule. Audition appointment requests should be made at least two weeks prior to audition date. Applicants will receive email confirmation.


If you have a specific question or concern, please email the department audition coordinator for your area:

Dr. Rick Hoffenberg - Vocal and Keyboard area
Dr. David Romines - Wind / Strings / Percussion
Dr. Paulette Merchel - Theatre Degree Programs
Dr. Anita Gadberry - Music Therapy Program

It is recommended that one apply for university admission as early as possible to be considered for Marywood Academic Scholarships, as the deadline is January 31.  The deadline for Talent Award consideration is March 1. If you have questions regarding auditions for departmental acceptance and talent awards, please contact MTD department chair via email at <mccusker@marywood.edu>.


For talent scholarship consideration, auditions must be completed by March 1.


Applicants living within 250 miles of Marywood University are required to audition on campus. Applicants living more than 250 miles from campus may opt to submit a DVD recording. Please contact MTD department chair via email at <mccusker@marywood.edu> if you wish to exercise this option.


Transfer students must complete minimum 30 credits in music courses at Marywood. Transfer students in education must have GPA 3.0 minimum for acceptance.


Freshmen education majors must have SAT 970 minimum score (Math/Reading combined)