Undergraduate Catalog

Campus and Student Life Resources

Library Services

Marywood University’s Learning Commons, a 21st Century library that focuses on actively empowering the learner, is a scholars’ gathering place, where students from all disciplines converge, collaborate, and expand their horizons. The new, award-winning facility includes superior collaborative learning environments, group study spaces, media practice and presentation spaces, along with the Center for Communication Arts, the Center for Transformational Teaching and Learning, and the Entrepreneur Launch Pad.

The Marywood library collection includes more than 180,000 books and bound periodicals, over 28,000 distinct electronic and print journal titles, more than 210,000 ebooks, and 50,000 additional non-print items.

The library maintains a dynamic webpage, which contains links to over 60 subject-specific and multidisciplinary databases including Academic Search Premier, ARTstor, Credo Reference, ERIC, JSTOR,, PsycInfo and PsycINFO.

The library is fully integrated into the campus data network and remote access is available for most databases. Other resources available from the webpage include: the online catalog; research guides for selected departments, programs and courses, and a variety of research assistance tools. Additional electronic services available 24/7 through the webpage include: interlibrary loan, electronic reserves, live reference assistance, and LibChat. 

Marywood University is a member of PALCI, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium Inc., with nearly 70 member institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia. Through PALCI’s EZBorrow service, the holdings of many Pennsylvania libraries, including large research libraries are easily accessible for borrowing by Marywood students and faculty. 

The library offers numerous introductory workshops to the various resources and the online catalog. Traditional reference assistance is available during regular library hours. In-depth individual and group research consultations are available upon request.

The library is also equipped with wireless internet access.

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Professional and Career Development

Professional and Career Development services are available to students at any stage on their career path.

Career counseling, workshops, and testing are available, as well as, specialized technology programs such as InterviewStream which prepares students and alumni for employment/graduate school interviews. The University web site provides information about specific services available, offers employment listings through Handshake and a wide selection of other on-line resources. Audiovisual and printed materials on occupations, job search, choosing a major, and networking are also available.

In addition, recruiters are hosted on campus to conduct job/internship interviews and resumes are forwarded in response to requests of employers. Students have the opportunity to attend employment and internship fairs. Students are encouraged to use these services early in their education and throughout their careers.

Office of Military and Veteran Services

The Office of Military and Veteran Services assists members of the military, veterans, and their families. ROTC cadets are also encouraged to utilize the services of the office. Staff answer questions pertaining to veterans' educational benefits and certify enrollment each semester. In addition, the Office also provides programming and support to veterans, spouses, and dependents to aid in their academic and community experiences. Marywood also hosts an active chapter of the Student Veteran Alliance, and eligible students may participate in SALUTE, the Veteran’s National Honor Society.

Compliance with Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations

Marywood University ("the University") complies with the requirements of Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations section 3679(e) in the administration of educational benefits to covered individuals. A covered individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

The University permits any covered individual to attend or participate in a course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the University a Certificate of Eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 and ending on either:

  1. The date on which payment from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) is made to the University. 
  2. 90 days after the date the University certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the Certificate of Eligibility.

A Certificate of Eligibility can also include a "Statement of Benefits" obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) website via e-Benefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes. 

The University will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, the Learning Commons (Library), or other institutional facilities, and will not require that a covered individual borrow additional funds to meet his or her financial obligations to the University due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the VA under chapter 31 or 33.

Campus Ministry

Rooted in the charism of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to proclaim the Good News of God’s unconditional love for all. Campus Ministry supports the mission and makes visible the Catholic identity of Marywood University by providing opportunities for liturgy, faith formation, personal and spiritual development, community service, interfaith engagement and advocacy for social justice. Campus Ministry fosters a welcoming and inclusive community of servant leaders who strive to bring the light and joy of the Gospel to our contemporary world. Programs are planned, organized, and administered by students with the guidance of the staff. All members of the Marywood community, whether Catholic or not, are encouraged to participate in Campus Ministry activities.

University Chapel and Interfaith Reflection Room

The Marian Chapel is located in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life. Mass times, as well as information about other Campus Ministry services and activities, are available through the Campus Ministry Office, 570-961-4723 or at www.marywood.edu/campusministry/. Students of every faith tradition are welcome to attend liturgical celebrations and encouraged to use the chapel for personal prayer and devotion. In addition to the Marian Chapel, an interfaith Reflection Room is located in the Liberal Arts Center, Room 219. All members of the Marywood community are welcome to use this space for meditation, reflection, or prayer.

U.S. Post Office

The Marywood Postal and Mailing Center maintains standard hours and is located in its own building. Domestic postal services, including domestic money orders, are available.

The Marywood Gear Shop 

The Marywood Gear Shop is a modern University themed merchandise retail store featuring the latest trends in fashion and supplies. The Marywood Gear Shop website is https://marywood.getugear.com/.   The store manager can be contacted by phone at 570-348-6248 or by email at gearshop@marywood.edu.


Marywood University, in an effort to better serve our students and their academic needs for textbooks and course materials, offers online only new, used, or digital copies of textbooks for sale or rental at substantial savings.  Students can visit the University's  https://marywood.ecampus.com/ website to conveniently access and order all of their textbook needs.   Orders can ship either to the student's permanent address or directly to the Marywood Gear Shop for pick-up. Students will be notified of the pick-up availability via text messaging.

Radio Station and TV Studio/Soundstage

The Radio Station and TV Studio/Soundstage are located in the Learning Commons. The radio station (WVMW) and the TV Studio/Soundstage (TV Marywood: TVM) are student-staffed facilities. For more details, see the description in the Multimedia Communication section of the catalog.

Student Life Services and Programs

In the context of the University’s mission, Catholic identity and core values, the Student Life components of the Enrollment Services and Student Success division complements the University’s academic goals by engaging students through an integrated program of services and educationally purposeful learning experiences designed to enhance holistic growth and personal development.

Athletics and Recreation

The Athletics and Recreation Department provides opportunities for participation in intercollegiate athletics, club teams, intramural sports, and varied recreational activities. The University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III of the Atlantic East Conference, the Landmark Conference, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

Twenty-two athletic teams, including twelve sports for women (basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track and field, and volleyball) and ten sports for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and indoor track and field) are sponsored. Formal and informal recreational opportunities are offered to students, faculty, and staff through intramural sports, open recreation programs, wellness classes, sports clubs, and numerous recreational and fitness activities. Facilities include an athletics and wellness center with a 1,500-seat arena, an eight lane state-of-the-art aquatics center, elevated running/walking track, 5,000 square feet fitness center, two-story climbing wall, dance studio, athletic training room and lab, team rooms, and many other features. This facility is complemented by a sand volleyball court, tennis courts, softball and baseball fields, and a multi-sport turf field that accommodates virtually all athletic, recreation and fitness needs and interests.

Counseling/Student Development Center

The Counseling/Student Development Center assists students with many challenges, changes and choices. The Center’s professional staff and supervised graduate student interns respond to a spectrum of student needs, from routine information to academic support services to assistance with serious psychological issues. The Center offers confidential individual personal counseling, personal growth groups, psychiatric consultation, and crisis intervention to help students deal effectively with important issues related to their academic and personal growth. The staff is committed to a comprehensive wellness philosophy. Outreach educational sessions to enhance social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and vocational health are provided.

Housing and Residence Life

The Housing and Residence Life Office strives to provide a safe, comfortable, secure, and nurturing living-learning environment, that enhances students’ academic and personal development goals while intentionally fostering a sense of community, civic responsibility, and appreciation for diversity.

First- and second-year full-time students under the age of 21 who do not live with their parents/guardians in their family homes within a 50-mile radius of campus, are required to reside on campus. The University Housing and Dining Agreement is binding for the full academic year (or remaining portion thereof) and cannot be transferred or reassigned. A variety of meal plans is available; the current room and board fees are listed in “Financial Facts Information” available on the Cashier’s page of the University website (marywood.edu/cashier).

The room selection process for returning residents occurs in the spring semester. Options range from traditional corridor-style residence halls with double rooms to suites with private baths and townhouse-style residences.

Each facility is staffed by a graduate student residence director. Undergraduate and graduate students also serve as resident assistants in the living units. Selected on the basis of leadership and interpersonal relationship skills, the RAs are trained to develop a stimulating and rewarding living/learning community.

Finally, the Residence Hall Advisory Board provides opportunities for all residents to participate in residence hall governance and programming, as well as, assisting the Housing and Residence Life staff address student needs and interests. The conduct policies and procedures are administered by the Dean of Students.

Residence Halls and Facilities

Loughran Hall

Accommodates first-year men and women in quint (5-person), quad, triple, double, and single rooms.

Madonna Hall

Houses upperclass men and women with shared bathrooms.

Regina Hall

Accommodates upperclass men and women in quad, triple, double, and single rooms and suites with common bathrooms.

Woodland Residences

Provide apartment style living for upperclass men and women. Each apartment includes a fully equipped kitchen and washer and dryer.

A bed, dresser, desk, chair, and closet or wardrobe are provided for each resident. All rooms are connected to the campus network for use with personal computers. Cable TV connections are provided. Cleaning service is provided for the public areas in the residence halls, and washers and dryers are located in each hall and in the Woodland Residences.

Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement provides a wide array of programs, activities, and services to increase students’ personal, intellectual, social, and cultural development. Through involvement in activities, organizations, and programs, students have numerous out-of-class learning experiences and enhance the development of lifelong leadership skills.

The New Student Orientation Program, a summer experience for first year students and parents, is coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement. This program is structured to increase the new students’ understanding of the academic and student life programs and services to ease transition to the college experience. A special Orientation program for Transfer Students is also offered.

The Student Engagement staff also manages the Family Weekend  and several other special focus programs. The director is the primary advisor to the Student Government Association (SGA) and its committees. Formal leadership education programs, the Student Activities budget system, advisement and supervision of student organizations, and social and co-curricular activities and related programs sponsored by the student organizations and by the University are among the primary functions of this office.

Student Government Association

All undergraduate students are members of the Student Government Association (SGA). This association organizes and promotes various activities and programs and offers opportunities for leadership experiences. The SGA works to assure students’ understanding of their rights and responsibilities and promotes varied programs of organized volunteer activity.

Student Organizations

Accounting and Finance Club

American Advertising Federation (AAF)/Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA)

American Institute of Architecture Students

American Sign Language Club

Art History Club

Association for Neuropsychology Students in Training

Athletic Training Club

Aviators Club

Biology & Chemistry Club


Black Student Union

Caritas Social Work Club

Chamber Singers

Chess Club

CMYKlub (Graphic Design Club)

Concert Choir

Criminal Justice Club

Delight Ministries

Dungeons and Dragons Club

Food Recovery Network

Frisbee Club


Global Unity Club

Graduate Student Council

Health Professions Society

History Society

Honors Program Club

Improv Beyond

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Club

Integrated Math and Computer Education Club (iMACS)

International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

Jazz Education Network


Languages and Literature Club

Love Your Melon

Marketing Club

Marywood Activities Council

Marywood Army ROTC

Marywood Players

Marywood University Student Art Therapy Association (MUSATA)

Marywood University Student Educators

Music Education Club (NAfME)

Music Therapy Club

Outdoors Club

Peers on Wellness (POW)

Pennsylvania Art Education Association

Pennsylvania Student Educators Association

Pre-Dental Society

Pre-Physician Assistant Society

Project Outreach

Psychology Club

Pugwash (Environmental Club)


Sexuality & Gender Alliance (SAGA)

Sketch Club

Ski & Snowboarding Club

Speech-Language Hearing Club

Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND)

Student Alumni Association

Student Government Association

Student Nurses Association of Marywood University (SNAM)

Student Veteran Alliance

Students Organized to Uphold Life (SOUL)

The Bayleaf


VMFM 91.7

Volunteers in Action (VIA)

Women in Architecture

Wood Word

Exercise Science Club (XSCI)

Sports Clubs

Cheerleading Club
Dance Team

Social Sororities/Fraternities

Alpha Sigma Psi (Sorority)

Zeta Phi Delta (Sorority)

Students interested in organizing new clubs are encouraged to contact the staff of the Office of Student Engagement for information regarding the procedures to initiate new groups.

Honor Societies

Alpha Delta Mu

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Zeta Psi

Chi Alpha Sigma

Chi Sigma Iota

Delta Epsilon Sigma

Delta Mu Delta

Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Gamma Pi

Kappa Mu Epsilon

Kappa Omicron Nu

Lambda Pi Eta, Rho Tau Chapter

National Society of Leadership & Success
Phi Alpha Theta, Iota Sigma Chapter

Phi Beta Lambda

Phi Epsilon Kappa

Phi Sigma Iota

Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Gamma Mu

Pi Kappa Lambda

Psi Chi


Sigma Phi Omega

Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta

Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Gamma Chapter

Society of Collegiate Journalists
Theta Alpha Kappa

Zeta Omicron, Kappa Pi, International Art Honor Society

Student Publications

Several opportunities are offered for artists, journalists, and creative writers. The Wood Word is Marywood University’s student-run online news source. Bayleaf, a student arts/literary journal, attracts creative work from student writers and artists for bi-annual publications.


Student Health Services

A full-time registered nurse and a nurse practitioner provide primary care (assessment and treatment) and make referrals to community physicians and to campus and community resources for treatment, health education, and counseling. Serious emergencies are referred immediately to nearby hospitals. Physician services are available during the spring and fall semesters.

The Student Health Services staff is committed to a comprehensive wellness philosophy. On-campus medical services, health information and counseling are available to all students without charge. Students living on campus and all international students are required to complete and submit a health history and immunization record (including documentation of compliance with the Pennsylvania law mandating that residents of university-owned housing have received the meningococcal vaccine) to the Student Health Services Office. Other students who choose to use these services must submit a completed health history and immunization record before non-emergency services can be provided. Resident students who do not fulfill the health immunization record requirement will be required to live off campus.

All full-time students must furnish evidence of health insurance, otherwise, they will be enrolled in a University endorsed healthcare plan. Additional details about the mandatory student health insurance program are provided each semester and are available online and in the Student Health Services Center.

Honors Program

Dr. Adam Shprintzen, Honors Program Director

Dr. Christa Irwin, Honors Assistant Director

Honors Program Board

Ms. Amanda Avery, Librarian

Ms. Jessica Bodzio, College of Health and Human Services

Dr. Joshua Deckman, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Christine Fryer, College of Professional Studies 

Ms. Renee Matillano, Office of the Registrar 

Dr. Vijay Ramachandra, College of Health and Human Services

Dr. Miguel Salve, College of Professional Studies

Dr. Adam Shprintzen, Honors Program Director

Dr. Lindsey Wotanis, College of Arts and Sciences


The Honors Program provides a vibrant academic community that presents Marywood’s students with a variety of challenging intellectual opportunities to engage in research and scholarship. Whether through honors seminars in the core curriculum or through in-depth studies in their majors, students practice critical thinking skills, learn and apply research methods in their disciplines, and create new knowledge in their fields of study. By participating in the program’s extracurricular activities and learning to do independent research, honors students practice the skills that prepare them to take leadership roles in a diverse and interdependent world.

Through engaging in research and taking advantage of opportunities to gain professional experience by participating in academic conferences, research forums, exhibitions, and leadership colloquia or by attending campus speakers’ talks or gallery exhibitions, honors students enhance their baccalaureate experience and prepare for post-graduate success in their chosen fields.

Marywood is a member of both the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the Northeast Region Collegiate Honors Council.


The Honors Program at Marywood University is an open program. In order to register for honors courses, a student must maintain a minimum QPA of 3.33.

To graduate with a Citation in Honors, a student must successfully achieve a 3.33 QPA and complete:

  • 4 honors seminar courses that meet core curriculum or liberal arts requirements (12 credits);
  • 2 honors courses in the student’s major (6 credits);
  • 1 honors course elective OR a third honors course in the major (3 credits);
  • Senior honors thesis (3 credits).

The Honors Program at Marywood will accept one honors course transferred from another college or university or one study abroad course. Students may be asked to provide a syllabus or sample of honors level work.

The Honors Thesis

The Honors Thesis is the capstone of the Honors Program at Marywood University. Broadly defined, the thesis brings together the student’s major area of study and the liberal arts core. For example, an analysis of the structure of a novelist’s style may contain reflections on the meaning of that style within a historical or sociological context. The thesis thus contains two elements: specialization in discipline and generalization in humanities. A thesis might also contain a creative component according to the practices of the student’s discipline.

Students who are planning to write their theses should begin by meeting with their advisers the semester before they would like to begin their research and writing. While students generally write their theses in their senior year, we recommend that students planning their student teaching, internships, or field research start in their junior year to avoid conflicts. Students in the Architecture program should consult with the Honors Program Director to determine the best time to commence work on the thesis.

To receive academic credit for the thesis, students must register for 3 credits of Honors Thesis 478, ideally spread as one credit over three semesters as 478A, 478B, and 478C. Students must submit a timeline for the work they plan to complete over the course of each semester they are writing. The grades for 478A and 478B are based on the research the student accomplishes, while 478C is for the completed, written version of the thesis. The thesis will be due in the spring semester of the student’s senior year, submitted to the Honors Program Director by the annual published deadlines.

All honors students planning to write a thesis must schedule a formal meeting with the Honors Program Director during the first two weeks of the semester they begin in order to discuss the issues related to the thesis. At this meeting, monthly appointments will be scheduled to ensure that students make satisfactory progress toward completion in a timely manner and to address questions and doubts that may arise during the research.

Honors Research Internships

Honors students working toward completion of the Citation in Honors are eligible to do 1-3 credit research internships working with a faculty member in the student’s discipline on his/her research. Students must have achieved sophomore status and be full members of the Honors Program to be eligible. Interested students should see the Honors Program Director.


Based on their high school transcripts, standardized test scores, class rank, and specified interests, first year students may be placed in honors courses their first semester at Marywood. Students who meet the requirements may choose to apply to continue in the program after their first semester.

Any Marywood student who achieves a 3.33 QPA or higher after his or her first semester may register for honors courses, and after the first semester taking honors courses, may elect to apply to complete the program. Students interested in pursuing the Citation in Honors should visit the Honors Program Director to review the requirements and fill out the necessary forms.


Honors courses and projects are designated by a special code that appears on a student’s transcript. A student completing the honors degree receives the Citation in Honors, which is noted on all official transcripts and on the diploma.

Research at Marywood

The Honors Program promotes and supports undergraduate research and scholarly activity by providing funding for all undergraduates to conduct research and to travel to present their work. The committee also sponsors the Undergraduate Research Forum, at which students can present research projects, read papers, exhibit original art and photography, and discuss experiences from conferences and conventions. Students can apply for funding by visiting the Honors Program website for a Research Proposal Form. The Honors Program Board reviews and evaluates the proposals, then submits approved projects to the Honors Program Director for funding.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships and fellowships are available for study in the United States as well as abroad. Interested students should contact the scholarship’s assigned faculty adviser for more information.