Heading to university can be a daunting prospect for many. Finding a university that makes you feel at home, surrounded by faculty and fellow students who are interested in your well-being and personal development, should be of paramount importance.
Marywood University does everything it possibly can to fulfill such promises to students. Founded in 1915 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, staff here are compelled to support their students, not just in their academic studies, but also in achieving their personal goals and overcoming challenges. Catholic identity and core values are at the heart of Marywood life, complementing academic goals by engaging students in an integrated program of services and experiences designed to enhance holistic growth and self-belief.
Set against a beautiful 115-acre campus, Marywood provides a perfect study environment. Situated in Scranton, in northeast Pennsylvania, students are just a two and half hour drive from the historic cities of New York and Philadelphia. More than 3,000 students are enrolled across a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, forming a small, safe, and close-knit community filled with vibrant individuals creating lasting memories.
“I had an indescribable feeling of fitting in when I stepped onto the Marywood University’s campus as a prospective student,” recalls Yousf Almoumin, a junior aviation management student who is currently fulfilling his dream of becoming an aviation expert.
“Marywood prepares you for challenges and changes,” Yousf explains. One such challenge occurred the day before Yousf’s first time flying an aircraft: he suffered a seizure while driving his mother to school, and discovered that he had Stage 2 brain cancer, needing surgery and radiation therapy. “As a result of the cancer, I began taking Aviation Management track courses. Marywood gave me a chance,” he says.
Yousf is now the president of the Aviation Club and forms part of the Student Government Association as an international and multicultural representative. He is a member of Global Unity, helps with the Student Activities Group, and serves as an Orientation Leader. “It’s a real bonding experience,” he adds.
Marywood is guided by the belief that recreational opportunities are vital to the collegiate experience, and Yousf’s story is the perfect example of this. Opportunities here are plentiful, including a diverse selection of more than forty intramural programs in fitness, dance, martial arts, and cheerleading.
A $14 million Center for Athletics and Wellness offers fitness, recreation, and athletic opportunities in a modern facility. It features a fitness center, a climbing wall, an elevated running track, a dance/aerobic studio, and an arena to showcase sporting events. In addition to this, a $5 million Aquatics Center opened in May 2011, featuring an eight-lane pool with three- and one-metre diving boards, a safety center, and spectator area.
Coupled with the excellent recreational activities available, a comprehensive and competitive athletic program is on hand to complement academic studies. There is a variety of sporting opportunities to suit different students, including 22 sponsored men’s and women’s varsity sports, such as swimming, rugby, football (soccer), baseball, basketball, lacrosse, outdoor track & field, and more.
Marywood also recognises the importance of leading a healthy life when pursuing academic, social, and personal goals during college years. Health Services are readily-available on-campus to help you develop a healthy lifestyle that will enable you to be the best you can be. There is a strong emphasis on prevention of illness through education, while healthy choices are encouraged to improve each student’s quality of life.
An integral part of the teaching experience at Marywood is to educate students to live responsibly in a diverse and interdependent world. Respect and sustainability are key in today’s global environment, and students here are expected to graduate as citizens of the world, with a caring and mature attitude. The university’s innovative School of Architecture, for example, is elevating this mission by inspiring the next generation of environmental advocates. The program here is focused on sustainable building practices and prepares students for LEED accreditation.
Developing leadership qualities and confidence is an integral feature of a Marywood education. Staff and faculty challenge students to not just become involved in campus life, but also to take a leadership role in whatever they choose to do. Participation in the Student Government is strongly encouraged, giving learners the chance to represent the united voice of an entire student body. It also provides programs and activities that underline Marywood’s core vision and mission.
Jean Dahlgren, a Marywood University graduate in 2001, perfectly captures the environment offered on-campus. “Marywood worked for me–with a great location, an accredited program, and low-residency–it was perfect. I am eternally grateful to Marywood, as it prepared me for tremendous connections both within and outside of the program. The faculty helped us to feel a part of the Marywood community both as students and post-graduation.”
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