What You Need to Know About Orientation

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Welcome Class Of 2024!

Next year represents a major turning point in your life—your first year of college. While you are busy preparing for the next chapter in your life story, Marywood University's Orientation Team is eagerly awaiting your arrival and preparing for a fantastic Virtual Orientation Experience.

All incoming students will receive their university credentials by mail after they have placed their deposit with the institution.

Students should then use the provided credentials to access their personalized New Student Checklist, where you will be able to access important links pertaining to Orientation and other requirements to prepare for your Marywood career to begin!

Please contact the Office of Student Engagement at 570-340-6015 if you have any questions. 

Virtual Orientation Dates

See below for a list of important dates! Links to access each live, online session will be shared with students via their Marywood email prior to each event.

*Orientation Module Available - July 10

This informational online module will be available on Friday, July 10th and will teach you about Marywood University’s academics, services, requirements, policies, and provide more information that will ensure your success as a Pacer! You can access your online orientation through your New Student Checklist. The module must be completed prior to the beginning of the Fall semester.

*This is the only component of the Orientation experience that is mandatory. All other sessions are encouraged, but optional. 


Ask the Panel - July 11 / The live, online panel will begin at 12:00 PM.

Students and their families will have an opportunity to meet the following staff members and ask them any questions that they may have:

  • Maura Smith, Director of Student Health Services
  • Ross Novak, Dean of Students
  • Antonia Cerda-Bevan, Assistant Director of Retention & Advising
  • Katherine Fisne, Senior Associate Director of Educational Technology
  • Barbara Schmitt, Director of Financial Aid
  • Wendy Yankelitis, Vice President for Operations
  • Tyler Ward, Director of Housing & Residence Life
  • Dr. Yerodin Lucas, Director of Institutional Equity and Inclusion & Title IX Coordinator


Ask the Parents - July 13 / The live, online panel will begin at 7:30 PM.

Students and their families will have the chance to ask questions to parents of current Marywood students to get their advice and hear about their experiences!


Ask the President & Provost - July 14 / The live, online session will begin at 7:00 PM.

Students and their families will have the chance to meet Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., President of Marywood University, and Dr. Christina Clark, Marywood University Provost, and ask them any questions they may have. 

Marywood Trivia - July 16 / The live, online session will begin at 8:00 PM.

Students can put their Marywood knowledge to the test and compete against other incoming students for a chance to win a gift card to the Marywood bookstore!

  • 1st place: $250 gift card, 2nd place: $200 gift card, 3rd place: $150 gift card
  • Students will need two screens in order to participate - ideally, a laptop/tablet to see the trivia questions, and a phone/tablet to enter your answers. 


Family Caricatures - July 18 / The live, online session will begin at 12:00 PM.

Celebrate and commemorate the end of the Orientation experience by having a family (or individual) caricature drawn by a professional artist via your webcam! Log on any time between 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM to have your drawing done, which will only take a few minutes thanks to the skills of the artist: Speed Sketchers.

Other Orientation Programs

  • Welcome Weekend - The continuation of our New Student Orientation. This two-day program combines various elements of student life, including residence life, extra-curricular activities and social programming, community service and involvement, and more. 

  • "Transitions Program" - The "Transitions Program" is the perfect time for transfer students to become acquainted with the University, meet new and current students, faculty, and staff. During the program, you'll learn about all the other opportunities available as a Marywood University student.

  • Smart Track - This free two-week series of webinars will help prepare you for your transition into college.  A new topic is presented each day beginning July 27 through August 7! Registration for the virtual presentations can be made at marywood.edu/SmartTrack.

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