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Mission Statement

Marywood University is sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and roots itself in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the principle of justice, and the belief that education empowers people.

We integrate an enduring liberal arts tradition and professional disciplines to create a comprehensive learning experience. Our undergraduate and graduate programs promote academic excellence, advanced innovative scholarship, and foster leadership in service to others.

Within a welcoming and supportive community, Marywood challenges individuals of all backgrounds to achieve their full potential and make choices based on spiritual and ethical values.

Marywood University prepares students to see sustainable solutions for the common good and educates global citizens to live responsibility in an interdependent world.

Our Core Values

To sum it all up, we built a place where students can be their best, feel their best, and do their best, and our values back that up.

  • Catholic Identity

    Based on our Catholic history and identity, we seek the pursuit of truth, goodness, beauty, justice, and common good as a community.

  • Respect

    Honoring the uniqueness and dignity of each human person; demonstrating ethical and just interactions; and caring for the earth and all creation through a commitment to sustainability.

  • Empowerment

    We believe access to education enables all people to achieve their full potential.

  • Service

    We commit to promoting social responsibility which meets the needs of our community.

  • Excellence

    We built a place where everyone can pursue their highest level of achievement, in pursuit of “Sanctitas, Scientia, Sanitas” (Holiness, Knowledge, Health).

Seal of the University


The black diamond in the lower center of the circular seal represents the city of Scranton, which is located in the heart of the once-thriving anthracite coal district of Pennsylvania. Coal was king in Scranton at the time of Marywood's founding, and the gold field surrounding the diamond symbolizes the wealth the coal industry produced.

The diamond is charged with the open book of learning, and upon its pages the Greek letters, Alpha and Omega, are inscribed. These letters, taken from the coat of arms of Most Reverend Michael J. Hoban, Bishop of Scranton when Marywood was founded, represent God as the beginning and end of all things and the foundation of a true education. An image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, garlanded with roses, pierced by a sword, marked by her crown as Queen of Heaven and tinctured in the gold eternity, is displayed on a forest-green background to symbolize in canting form the name of the University. (Canting arms indicate the name of the bearer.) 

On either side of the heart are fleurs-de-lis, a symbol of the Blessed Virgin, taken from the seal of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who founded Marywood College (now University) in 1915. The seal is bordered with the words "Marywood University" at the top and the University's motto, "Sanctitas, Scientia, Sanitas" ("Holiness, Knowledge, Health") at the bottom.


University Stone


To the first graduating class, the Class of 1919, goes the credit for introducing the Tourmaline to Marywood. This dark green stone of great beauty is mounted in a gold setting for the University ring.

Living Our Mission

Marywood's Psychology Department Hosted the STARS youth to share psychology career paths McGowan Grant Expands STARS Program

McGowan Grant Expands STARS Program

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc., has awarded a $60,000 grant to support the expansion of the Students Together Achieving Remarkable Success (STARS) Program at Marywood University.
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  • One group of students served in Guatemala, while another group served in Texas. Service Trips Return after Pandemic

    Service Trips Return after Pandemic

    From June 4-11, two groups of Marywood students participated in Alternative Break Service and Immersion trips for the first time since the pandemic halted these service learning excursions two years ago.

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  • MLK Event Graduate with University President In Service to Others

    In Service to Others

    In Service to Others: Spotlighting the Work of ASEC in the Spirit of MLK Day is an initiative aimed at bringing more awareness to the African Sisters Education Collaborative at Marywoodhttp://www.marywood.edu/article/mlk-event-2022

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