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Marywood University: Narrative Description


2300 Adams Ave.
Scranton, PA 18509-1598
Tel: (570)348-6211
Free: 800-346-5014
Admissions: (570)348-6234
Fax: (570)961-4763
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1915. Setting: 115-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $22.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $46,778. Educational spending 2003-04: $7785 per student. Total enrollment: 3,127. Faculty: 313 (140 full-time, 173 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,377 applied, 76% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 38% from top quarter, 75% from top half. Full-time: 1,598 students, 74% women, 26% men. Part-time: 213 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 28 states and territories, 18 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 14% 25 or older, 38% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; health professions and related sciences; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Scranton. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, interview, SAT. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $30,740 includes full-time tuition ($20,700), mandatory fees ($940), and college room and board ($9100). College room only: $5152. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $643 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $190 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 53 open to all; local sororities; 3% of women are members. Most popular organizations: Outdoor Adventure Club, Psi Chi, International Club, Peer Mediators, Speech and Hearing Club. Major annual events: Family Weekend, Orientation, Opening Day Ceremony and Picnic. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, apartments with deadbolts, self-defense education, lighted pathways, seminars on safety. 671 college housing spaces available; 618 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Learning Resources Center plus 1 other with 220,205 books, 351,622 microform titles, 913 serials, 44,013 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 367 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The city of Scranton is a regional center for business, health care, social services, and recreation in northeastern Pennsylvania. It is 120 miles west of New York City and 115 miles north of Philadelphia. Sports, special events, music, theater, and parks are available. The nearby Pocono Mountains region offers six major ski areas, resorts, campgrounds, snowmobiling, canoeing, whitewater rafting, and various other activities. The Scranton area is home to seven other colleges and universities in addition to Marywood.

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