Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Size: 4,800 undergraduates
Percent Women: 58%
Tuition (one year): $46,190
Most Popular Majors: Communications, Business, Education, Fashion Design and Merchandising
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 38%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Marist's website at www.marist.edu.
Why Choose Marist College?
“I applied to Marist because there was a large variety of majors and I didn’t know what I wanted to do. In the end, I chose Marist because I felt very comfortable on campus. When I visited as a high school senior, I felt like Marist was a great community. After speaking to faculty, they seemed very inviting and generally excited to be teaching, and I liked that.
“Marist, by far, was the most beautiful campus I visited. When I came for accepted students day and saw all the students hanging out on the green and enjoying the sun, I saw myself in a year doing the same thing. So pretty much, the Marist environment is what sold me!”
“I chose Marist because everyone I met when I was applying raved about it. I have never seen so many people who are so in love with their school!”
“All my life I always wanted to go into Fashion, but I always wanted to have the experience of living on a campus. I chose Marist because it was the best combination of those two desires. I can study Fashion in a very good program while not having to live on an urban campus like many Fashion students do.”
“My selling point for coming to Marist was how close it was to New York City. I like that we are so close to the city, but have a campus life. When my tour guide told me that the school sponsors $25 Broadway show trips, I was sold.”
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“Being a Fashion Major, I think the best part about Marist is how easy it is to get to New York City. You can just hop on a train and be at Grand Central in two hours!”
“One thing that’s great about Marist is the study abroad opportunities. You can study abroad just about anywhere as a Marist student, including places like China, Japan, and Cuba. Marist also has a branch campus in Florence, Italy! When I was applying, I thought that was really cool.”
“One of my favorite events of the year on Campus is Open House weekend. The atmosphere is just amazing and I love that everyone likes to hear what Marist has to offer! I love meeting prospective students from all over the country and the world!”
“Marist has a great new Music Building that was just built last year. I am in Marist Singers, and I feel like such a professional musician when I’m in the building. It’s truly spectacular!”
“I think my favorite part of being a Marist student is Marist in the spring. ‘Spring fever’ is truly an understatement when it comes to Marist! Once the weather hits 65 and the sun comes out, everyone spends their day on ‘Marist Beach.’ It’s always the best time of the year!”
“Being able to sit on the dock right by the river is the ABSOLUTE BEST part about campus. Enough said.”
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“Campus can get super windy sometimes. When you are walking in front of the library at certain times of the year, it is like a wind tunnel.”
“The food in the cafeteria is not always the best. Sometimes it’s really good, but sometimes it’s pretty average - but I guess most colleges are like that.”
“Something that bothers me is that all the registrar forms are still on paper. I think they should move the system to online.”
“Most of my classes are in Dyson. That building is so outdated compared to Lowell Thomas and the Hancock Center. Dyson is boring – it’s tile, chalkboards, and the old desks you have to squeeze into."
"Parking is annoying at Marist. Security can get very picky about what lots you are allowed to park in and sometimes even give you tickets."
New Collegiette on Campus
“Everyone here is enthusiastic and excited. I felt that as a freshman at orientation that my peers were not nervous, but they were genuinely excited to start a new chapter in their lives and begin their Marist experience!”
“Even as a freshman, it is easy to feel like you are a part of the Marist ‘family.’ I knew the moment I stepped onto campus that I belonged.”
“My saga at Marist really started at orientation. The orientation leaders are super enthusiastic and they did a great job creating a positive vibe for students and parents. When I moved in for the first day of freshman year, I ran into my orientation leader, and she remembered having me in her group! At that moment, I really felt like I was a part of the Marist family.”
“Being an upperclassman, I still think that some of my best times at Marist were freshman year. Living in a dorm is never boring – not even studying! Some of my best friends today I met while doing homework on the common room on my floor! Who would’ve thought?!”
All About Academics
“At Marist, we have six academic buildings in total. Dyson is great if you are an education major because there are Smart Boards to use! Hancock is eco-friendly and the building looks like Hogwarts. Lowell Thomas is also cool because there are tons of resources for the Communications majors to use!”
“If you are interested in Fashion Design or Science they are both located in Donnelly Hall. Donnelly never closes, so if you want to work in the lab at 4 a.m. then be my guest; it’s pretty convenient!”
“Marist is known for it’s cooperative and compassionate professors—our professors are required to have eight office hours a week but most professors will schedule additional hours as well. Advisors always reach out to you before registration to make sure you are all set up and even help you out if you can’t get into a class! Some majors (like business and psychology) have it harder than others to get into classes because they are so popular but they tend to open up more sections or help it fit your schedule if you are really struggling!”
"Classes range anywhere from 18-25 students and we have a 15-1 student to faculty ratio. You will never take a class taught by a graduate students or teaching assistants and all of our classrooms have computers (we are very tech savvy!)."
"Marist really encourages internships. Before college, I didn't even know what an internship was. Now, I've had three editorial internships and I feel like my resume is so strong. I feel prepared to actually enter the real world."
Learn from the Best
“Professor Elizabeth Quinn is an absolute joy as a psychology professor. She is incredibly knowledgeable and constantly challenges me to think critically in ways I may even be unfamiliar with. I love how entertaining she is in front of the classroom; I even like going to class!”
“Going to see professors during office hours is a great way to create relationships with the faculty on campus. I am a frequent attendee in some of my professors office's and the relationships that I have made with these professors are relationships that will not only help me with getting recommendations and reference letters but have helped me to grow as a person. Marist's small class sizes really help students to create relationships with their professors which can only benefit the students.”
“Professor Dunlap is so awesome! Her class is so interesting and she makes it so personal that you can really relate to her. She even has Psychology students over to her house every fall for horseback riding, food, and fun! It’s so generous of her, I go every year!”
“Marist is all for students going abroad but if you can’t fit it for a semester you have the option to do a short term program! I studied abroad in Hawaii with Dr. Trela and we had the time of our life! Marist provides opportunity for you to explore places around the world with the professors who have been there and know the ropes!”
"I love picking my professors' brains outside of the classroom. They all have such interesting backgrounds and experiences that have led them to Marist; it's amazing to hear their stories!"
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Interests and Involvement
“My favorite thing about Marist is the leadership opportunities it provides! There are over 80 clubs and activities to pick from so there is no reason not to be President, VP, or active in a club during your time here! Students are actually rewarded with priority points for housing based on their club involvement that really motivates students to get involved as well. Marist takes great pride in it’s Activities Fair where all the clubs set up a booth out on the green; one year we even had a chocolate fountain and a photo booth set up!”
“Having been apart of Marist College Dance Ensemble has given me the opportunity to continue dancing, start choreographing, and meet my best friends. Dance has always been my foremost passion and I feel so lucky to be able to pursue it further in college in such a supportive, welcoming, fun environment. With roughly 300 members and a wealth of creativity, this club is always growing and improving.”
“During my time at Marist I’ve been able to be a part of Student Government and Resident Hall Council. I have been able to reach out to the community and host events that benefit them as well as host events such as carnivals for the students on campus. It has been an awesome opportunity to be at a school where you can really make a difference and leave your footprint; it’s also a great resume booster."
"I love being involved in the student newspaper here and the Ambassador program, where I get to meet high school students considering coming to Marist. I'm also in the process of starting my own club! Marist is really good at letting students start new organizations that will benefit the Marist students and also the Hudson Valley community at large."
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“Being that we are the only school in the nation with the Red Fox as our mascot, it is easy to say that we all have a lot of Red Fox pride! I think everyone loves Shooter a lot.”
“I think one of the most important aspects of every sport, not just softball, is playing as a team. There's such a difference when teams come together and everyone is on the same page, I feel as if that chemistry really happens at Marist. For my team, I can notice these things just by being in the dugout. By being a pitcher, there's nothing more gratifying than knowing my team is behind me.”
“The atmosphere at Marist Women's Basketball games is like nothing else on campus. The place can get really loud and I mean that in the best way possible. I get hyped at the games and always love supporting the team, and besides...who can say no to a free t-shirt!”
“I think that our sports are probably the best thing to be involved with; we have literally every intramural you can possibly think of! You just make a team with your friends and it’s always a good time. We are a D1 school and we also have club sports too. I am on the ski team which I feel is the most unrecognized club sport on campus! We have so many sports to choose from; 80% of our students are either involved with an intramural, club, or D1."
“I think it’s cool because there really isn’t that much rivalry or competition between girls at Marist. We are all a big family and there is a general feeling to support one another. If I like another girl’s outfit, I’ll tell her. Also, girls get chatty in class; if a girl sits next to me that I don’t know it’s more than likely that we are bound to be friends by the end of the year or at least study together before tests! Girls also aren’t really judged based on looks, you’ll have fashion majors going to class in stiletto’s or athletes showing up in their workout clothes... there really is no specific type!"
“A lot of people say that in sororities you pay for friends, but at Marist it isn’t that way at all. There is a perfect fit for everyone so you really share a special connection and become part of it for similar reasons. I have met people that I never would have met if it hadn’t been for my sorority and I am so thankful that I not only made those connections for now, and for my future as well!”
“Any girl can be strong on her own, but when you put a bunch of girls in a group that’s when you have power to make a difference. In Heart1, girls work to fight against teen dating violence. Every girl in the club has joined for different reasons but it’s a safe atmosphere to open up about anything!”
"I can honestly say that my girlfriends at Marist are the closest things I'll ever have to sisters. We support each other 100% by being at each other's plays, seeing games, and reading their work. This isn't a Mean Girls type place at all; everyone's welcome."
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Food and Drink
"The dining hall at Marist was just redone in the fall. It's absoultely gorgeous and people like to joke that we're officially Hogwarts now because it looks so much like the Great Hall. There's so much seating and I never have to wait to eat because it's too busy. The best part is the new sushi bar. I repeat, we have sushi! I'm never tired of eating there because there's always something new to try."
"People do go to the dining hall all four years, but the older you get, the less you go. I guess it depends on if you live on the underclass or upperclass side of campus. Most upperclassmen houses have kitchens in them, but even when you're a freshman you have one communal kitchen per residence hall."
“Best food? I’d say chicken patties or anything Asian that they serve in the dining hall. I’ve actually waited for thirty minutes on the international line to get the ‘oodles’ because they are so good!"
"I think it's awesome that we have the one main dining hall but also a bunch of cafés around campus that are so convenient. We have two Starbucks cafés, cafés in Dyson and Donelly for quick to-go meals in between class, the café in Jazzman's on the east side of campus, and the Cabaret. We have so many options."
"The Cabaret is my absolute favorite. It's open until 1 a.m. and has so many options. They have sushi, pre-made sandwiches and salads, a grill with a dollar menu, a Sandela's where I get quesadillas and paninis, a milkshake machine, and more. It's pretty much the reason I gained the Freshman 15!"
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"We're definitely a bar school. There are some frats that throw parties on the weekends, but most students go to bars. If you're not into that, SPC (Student Programming Counil) and College Activities are always hosting free movies and other cool things to do."
“On weekends about three quarters of students go out to bars. The other quarter stay on campus and hang out or go see movies and stuff. There are sometimes frat parties on the weekend, but not always. Freshman go to Backstreet and Darby’s and upperclassmen go to Riverstation, Union, Mahoney’s, and Rennie’s. Cabs are $3 to go basically anywhere, so it’s really easy to get off campus.”
"Marist vets certain cab companies so we know what our safest options are. It's easy for us to get to bars or the mall or the train station if we want to go to NYC and it's safe."
“Almost everyone here drinks a little bit but I wouldn’t say there is pressure to drink here. Everyone kinda does what they wanna do whether it involves alcohol or not. If you aren’t in the mood to go out, SPC shows movies every Friday and Saturday and they are usually not out on DVD yet. It’s actually really fun.”
"Marist has four freshman residence halls - Champagnat, Leo, Sheahan, and Marian. Champagnat, Leo, and Sheahan are all double rooms and Marian has quads. As a fashion major, Marian was perfect. I knew I wanted it because of the HUGE walk-in closets and I loved having so many roommates."
"Living in Champ was the best. It's connected to the Student Center and the dining hall, so I could go eat in my pyjamas and flip flops all winter! The dorms are all really close to each other so it's easy to make friends that aren't in your building and visit them."
"Personally, living in Champ was what made my freshman year as awesome as it was. Roommates are random freshman year, which is awesome because it forces you to live with someone who is different from you. The RAs plan programs that help you to bond with the other girls on your floor, which I was so thankful for last year."
"Housing here goes based off of a priority point system. Instead of a lottery, we get our housing based off our GPA, club involvement, and discipline history. The better your grades and the more involved you are, the higher you are on the list to pick your housing. So the good students are rewarded by getting to pick their housing first. The system really works because it encourages you to do your best!"
"The housing here really is amazing. After freshman year, you're in an apartment, a suite, or a townhouse. No more dorms! The Fulton houses for juniors and seniors are huge and everyone has their own room. It really makes me want to have awesome priority points so I can live there!"
"One of my favorite things to do when the weather is nice is go to the Walkway over the Hudson. It's so beautiful and the view of the Hudson and Marist is perfect. Whenever I'm stressed, I head up there because it's so calming.
"Freshman year, I always used the Shopping Shuttle to get to the Poughkeepsie Galleria. It's only ten minutes away and it's a $1 a ride, both ways. Being able to hit Forever 21, H &M, DSW, and Target always makes me feel good! My bank account, not so much...."
"Me and my friends are always hitting up cute little restaurants and shops. We go to Eveready almost every weekend for breakfast. It's this old school diner that makes you feel like you're in the 50's. We also love Lola's, Rossi's, Jelly Belly. Pretty much anything food related, we're there."
"This may sound lame, but I go to the puppy store a couple of times a semester. There's a store that lets you play with all the puppies and kittens, so whenever I need a serious stress reliever, I head there!"
"There are a lot of cultural things to do around here. FDR's house is literally five minutes away in Hyde Park and the Bardavon Opera House always has someone interesting performing."
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