COVID-19 FAQs

Current Students

As a result of adding a pass/fail option to the spring semester, we will not be producing a Spring 2020 Dean’s list. If you have any additional questions regarding the Dean’s list please contact the dean of your college.

Understanding that we must proceed with a cautious, slow return to a full and active life on our beautiful campus, the Fall 2020 semester will begin as scheduled on Monday, August 24, 2020, and will end on Saturday, December 12, 2020. During the semester, we will observe current state guidance on occupancy limits, physical distancing, safety, hygiene, and related mitigation measures. Prior to Thanksgiving, students have options for their academic experience through Marywood’s HyBridge Education Model. However, all coursework, including finals, will be held totally online between Thanksgiving and the end of the semester (approximately a two-week period). When students leave campus for Thanksgiving Break, they will not return until the beginning of the spring semester in January 2021.

Marywood’s academic team has devised a distinctive, versatile approach to instruction: Marywood’s HyBridge Education Model. This is a blended model of learning that takes a flexible approach to preserve the safety of students and faculty and deliver a high high-quality educational experience. To provide a consistent learning experience for all students, all course content will be available online. However, students will have the option of choosing how they participate in class. Options include controlled, limited in-person settings that follow safety guidelines, remote instruction, or a combination of the two. This flexible approach allows students to build their own educational experience while preserving their safety.

All academic buildings and residence halls will be sanitized according to ACHA (The American College Health Association) and CDC regulations over the summer.

We have been working to determine the methodology for the re-entry of students into the residence halls for the 2020 fall semester. All residence halls will be sanitized according to ACHA (The American College Health Association) and CDC regulations over the summer. We have accounted for spacing and movement and have planned to offer primarily single room occupancy to all students until the rooms are filled. Typically, all freshmen and sophomores who reside beyond 50 miles of Marywood are required to live on campus. This requirement will be relaxed, if necessary, for sophomores for this year and only for this year. When rooms are filled, students interested in living on campus will be placed on a waiting list. Please understand that these temporary measures are being put into place to comply with best practices and government guidelines for safety. Once we are allowed to operate in an unrestricted manner, these measures will be adjusted. A survey/intent form will be sent via email to those students who lived on campus in spring 2020 and to commuter students who previously expressed interest in living on campus. Following that, additional information about residence life, signing up for rooms, consideration for graded reimbursement in the event of an altered schedule, and safety will be sent to all students requesting housing.

Student Health Services is working in collaboration with local healthcare systems and public health officials to establish a surveillance plan to include screening, testing, treatment, contact tracing, and a University-wide response to confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Our planned response includes the ability to quickly identify suspected or confirmed virus carriers and quarantine close contacts. Student Health Services will continue to provide in-person and telehealth visits by appointment to ensure the health and safety of our students.

Yes. We are committed to providing accommodations for documented disabilities that may impact your academic experience. Please refer to Disability Services: Students with Disabilities for all information.

Right now, none of our programs may engage in face-to-face offsite learning activities, but we are actively facilitating virtual and remote experiences where they are appropriate to the learning outcomes of the internship and where they are permitted by a department's accreditation guidelines. Most clinical programs are utilizing telehealth options to complete field and internship experiences. Field experiences, such as practicums and student teaching, will follow Pennsylvania Department of Education guidelines. In light of COVID-19 and the closure of K-12 schools, these guidelines currently offer a modified path to meet PDE requirements for field experiences.  We anticipate that PDE will offer further guidance on how students may fulfil its field experience requirements during the 2020-2021 academic year. The School of Education continues to be in close communication with PDE as it plans for the upcoming academic year.

Yes. Undergraduate Summer Orientation will be a virtual event and is still scheduled for July 10 and 11, 2020.

Graduate Orientation will be a virtual event as well and is planned for Tuesday, August 18, before the Fall semester begins.

More details will follow, and you can check Marywood’s Orientation website for updated information.

The office dedicated to student activities has never stopped operations. Throughout the last several months, virtual events have been provided to our current students almost daily. Many have taken advantage of connecting to friends and classmates through these activities. As we move into the summer, Freshmen Orientation and several open houses will also be held virtually in a combination of informative, innovative, and imaginative ways, designed to offer an alternative yet effective method of reaching out to new and prospective students. More details will be coming about fall events, according to governmental guidelines.

Marywood belongs to the Atlantic East Conference. We have been in regular conversation with the conference, and we will work together as a unit. The conference, following guidelines from the NCAA, will offer guidance to us regarding what sports will begin practice and play in a timeline that places an emphasis on the health and safety of our athletes. We recognize the frustration our coaches and athletes have experienced, but we are totally committed to returning to full play as soon as we are able to do so.

All seniors who have successfully completed their required course work and other graduation requirements as of the end of the spring 2020 semester will graduate from Marywood University and will receive their diploma.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the new date for Marywood’s 2020 Commencement is set for August 15, 2020, and the ceremony will be held on Marywood’s campus. Details about how the ceremony will be conducted, according to social distancing and other government guidelines, will follow in the coming days and weeks; please check your Marywood email regularly.

Students planning to participate in the commencement activities on August 15 were asked to complete the Academic Regalia Shipping form. The packages with caps, gowns, and hoods were sent on May 21, 2020, to graduating students.  View More Commencement Info



All medal winners will receive their medals at the Commencement ceremony on August 15, 2020.

Unfortunately, in an effort to decrease the number of large Commencement-related gatherings, the University has determined it best to cancel the hooding ceremonies.

Emails were sent to residential student email addresses on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, outlining the move-out process.

We anticipate being able to accommodate those returning Spring 2020 residential students who, as of June 24, 2020, indicated an interest in on-campus housing on the Fall 2020 Housing Intent Form. Those students will receive an email with detailed information regarding Room Selection and Fall 2020 housing during the week of July 6-10, 2020, and they will select housing assignments from available spaces in Madonna Hall, Regina Hall, and the Woodland Residences between July 13-July 28, 2020.

New incoming first-year and transfer students who have deposited by June 25, 2020 will be receiving 2020-2021 housing placement information in late-July/early-August.

Lists detailing the items that students are recommended to bring to campus and which items are prohibited can be found in the Housing Forms section of the Resident Resources page of the Housing and Residence Life website and downloaded for your convenience.

All students should continue to monitor their Marywood email account for further updates.



Prospective Students and Visitors

All on-campus Admissions events are cancelled, and weekday/weekend visits are temporarily suspended until further notice, per national and state-level guidance. At this time, the next on-campus Admissions Open Houses are scheduled for July 11 and August 8. Once the University has a clearer picture of when it would be safe and feasible to open the campus for visits, an update with specific details will be issued. Our COVID-19 website, www.marywood.edu/covid19, is the best resource for updates. There is also a FAQ at www.marywood.edu/covid19faqs.

Admissions counselors are available Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., to answer questions. The Admissions staff directory is available at: marywood.edu/ContactAdmissions. Admissions also hosts an “Everyday Q&A” live on Facebook and Instagram every weekday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., where students can chat with admissions counselors. Undergraduate admitted students for Fall 2020 can take advantage of a number of virtual events through May and should check their email or admissions portal for more information.

Undergraduate admitted students will have access to create their own virtual admitted student day with video content and request meetings with admissions, financial aid, or faculty.  

All prospective students can watch the virtual tour, email yourfuture@marywood.edu (Undergraduate) or gograd@marywood.edu (Graduate), or visit marywood.edu/ContactAdmissions to ask questions or schedule an admissions call. Admissions also hosts an “Everyday Q&A” live on Facebook and Instagram every weekday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., where students can chat with admissions counselors.  

Email yourfuture@marywood.edu (Undergraduate) or gograd@marywood.edu (Graduate), or, if you are an undergraduate admitted student, use the form emailed to you and we will be in touch. You can also contact  your counselor via marywood.edu/ContactAdmissions

Those students who tested in the fall should still submit their scores for consideration. We will waive this requirement for Fall 2020 students who have not yet tested and were unable to test in the spring due to cancellations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The one exception is students applying to the Speech-Language Pathology program. For select majors, students who do not submit SAT/ACT test scores with their application, but are admitted based on other factors, may be asked to initially enroll as undeclared. Applicants are encouraged to contact their admissions counselor for further clarification. 

Other prospective students, who plan to enter in Spring 2021 or Fall 2021, should plan to take the SAT or ACT once testing resumes, presumably later this summer. More information and guidance will be forthcoming.

Yes! We are still taking applications for Fall 2020 and will continue to issue admission decisions even while off campus. Start Your Application Online Now! 

Be sure to contact your Admissions Counselor at marywood.edu/ContactAdmissions. Your Admissions Counselor can walk you through the process from start to finish. 

Parents can make an appeal to financial aid after they have been laid off for eight weeks.

Yes.  The Student Engagement Office will communicate with new Undergraduate students regarding Undergraduate Summer Orientation, which is planned as a virtual event for July 10-11, 2020. 

The Admissions Office will communicate with new Graduate students regarding Graduate Orientation, which is planned as a virtual event for August 18, 2020.

Yes. During our campus closure this spring, we engaged the services of vendors who specialize in deep cleaning and sanitizing facilities to ensure the safety of all students when they return to campus in the fall.

Yes, we anticipate starting as scheduled. The first day of school is Monday, August 24, 2020. New students who will reside on campus would report on August 22, 2020, for Move-in Day. Look for specific communications and details from Housing/Residence Life. The Student Engagement Office will communicate with new Undergraduate students regarding Undergraduate Summer Orientation, which is still planned for July 10-11, 2020.  The Admissions Office will communicate with new Graduate students regarding Graduate Orientation, which is still planned for August 18, 2020.

Yes, we anticipate starting as scheduled. The first day of school is Monday, August 24, 2020. Look for specific communications and details from Housing/Residence Life about move-in procedures. The Student Engagement Office will communicate with new Undergraduate students regarding Undergraduate Summer Orientation, which is planned as a virtual event for July 10-11, 2020.  The Admissions Office will communicate with new Graduate students regarding Graduate Orientation, which is planned as a virtual event for August 18, 2020.

Alumni & Friends

We look forward to connecting with you. Right now, email is the best method of communication to reach us. Alumni questions can be emailed to alumni@marywood.edu and Fundraising or Giving Day questions can be emailed to development@marywood.edu. You can also call 570.800.8112 and someone from the office will get back to you directly.

Because of the Governor’s restrictions and concerns around COVID-19, our physical campus does not permit visitation at this time.

Yes. Alumni Weekend 2020 has been moved to October 16–18, 2020, in conjunction with the campus’ annual Homecoming Week. Visit www.marywood.edu/aw20 for updated information. If you are a member of the Class of 1970, please join us on Facebook for updates on your 50th Class Reunion Celebration. If you are part of another honor year and would like to start a Facebook page, please reach out to kfarrell@marywood.edu, Director of Alumni Engagement, to begin your page.

On-campus and off-campus alumni events for the spring and summer have been cancelled or postponed. The Office of Alumni Engagement is continuing to improve virtual opportunities with the Marywood community. Stay tuned on social media for exciting virtual programs coming your way. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat

Our annual fundraiser, the Community Leadership Dinner, honoring the late Judge and Mrs. Richard Conaboy and their family, was postponed and is being rescheduled. Thank you to our sponsors and those who purchased tickets in support of this fundraiser. All sponsorships, tickets, and program ads purchased for this event will be transferred to the rescheduled date. If you are interested in making a contribution to this event to honor The Judge Richard P. and Marion Conaboy Family, please visit www.marywood.edu/clc.

During a crisis we are always grateful for you, our alumni and friends, who are willing and able to assist in so many ways. The University has attempted to minimize as much financial struggle as possible for students as they have transitioned to remote learning in response to COVID-19 but needs still exist. If you are able to make a gift to support Marywood students during this unprecedented time, please support the Student Emergency Fund.

During this time of year, many seniors are searching to start their future careers or continue their advanced education. Many of our undergraduate students may be searching for internships, too. If you are a business owner, if your place of employment is hiring, or if you know someone who has openings, please connect with us. Send information about jobs, internships, or leads to Kevin Farrell, Director of Alumni Engagement, at kfarrell@marywood.edu,  and this information will be shared with our alumni, as well as our Career Development Center.

General Information

Information updates are posted at marywood.edu/covid19.

Not at this time.

In addition to deep cleaning and sanitizing facilities, all classes were moved online for the spring and summer semesters, and many University operations are being conducted remotely. Commencement has been postponed and is rescheduled on August 15 on campus. Communications are issued by the University’s Incident Command Team as warranted by current national/statewide guidance. The President of the University and specific campus offices also have been issuing messages to various constituencies, including students and parents, both online and by email. Information updates are posted at marywood.edu/covid19. Students seeking specific guidance, or who feel ill, can contact Student Health Services or their healthcare provider. Contact Student Health Services at healthservice@marywood.edu or 570-348-6249. Posters are displayed all over campus encouraging social distancing, good handwashing, cough etiquette, disinfecting surfaces, reminding students/staff to stay home if sick; these will remain in place when students return to campus in the fall.

Marywood University is developing a strategy to provide either a credit or a refund to any individual who previously made payment for programs or services that were cancelled due to the closure of the university as a result of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this unprecedented time. Once a final procedure is in place, the University will notify you and will begin the credit/reimbursement process. Presently, we are awaiting guidance from the Department of Education and anticipate a decision in mid-April.

Yes. At this time, all spring campus and athletic events are cancelled. However, those that can be moved online, like some Admissions and Student Engagement events, will happen virtually. Check your email regularly for updates! Also, stay connected through the Marywood app, Marywood website, and our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). 

The Pacer Pantry is still accessible to students and staff who have swipe access, however, since the campus is currently closed, and out of an abundance of caution for all, we suggest those who are in need of services access other community food pantry options, such as drive-through food pantry events sponsored by Friends of the Poor or United Neighborhood Center’s Angel’s Attic Food Pantry (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., one bag of food per visit) or Monday Distributions for Seniors aged 60 and older. Advance reservations for senior meals must be made by noon on Friday to receive meals by pickup or delivery on Monday. Meals can be picked up at the West Side, Mid Valley, or Carbondale Active Older Adult Centers. To reserve meals or for more information, please call one of UNC’s centers listed here: West Scranton – (570) 961-1592 ext. 101; South Scranton – (570) 346-2487; Mid Valley – (570) 489-4415; Carbondale – (570) 282-6167.

Marywood’s COVID-19 update site. For specific guidance or if you feel ill contact Student Health Services or your healthcare provider. Contact Student Health Services at healthservice@marywood.edu or 570-348-6249.

Certification and Allocations: On April 16, 2020, Marywood signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Marywood University received $2,020,450 from the CARES Act. Fifty percent (50%) of those funds or $1,010,225, was allocated for Emergency Financial Grants to Students. These funds were received on May 7, 2020.  As of May 15, 2020, $836,900 Emergency Financial Aid grants were allocated to students. 

Eligibility of Students/Disbursement of Funds: At Marywood, there are 2,282 students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of May 15, 2020, there have been 985 students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.

Methods of Determination/Guidance to Students: To determine which students received allocations of Emergency Financial Aid Grants, as well as how much they received, under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Marywood devised and used formulas based on need (according to financial aid records) and the cost of attendance. Students were told that the funds from the Emergency Financial Aid Grants were allocated to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. They were also asked to indicate how they generally intended to use their allocation to offset those expenses.