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Marist College

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With locations in Poughkeepsie and Killfish, New York, Marist College has a liberal arts curriculum and offers professional certificates, bachelor’s degrees, graduate degrees and post-graduate certificates. The school was established in 1946 and has expanded to include programs on-campus, online and abroad and offers many financial aid options to students who need help paying for college. Marist College has a very competitive athletics division and also offers club sports and intramural activities.

There is an active Greek presence on campus as well as a myriad of other social and academic clubs and associations to which students may choose to belong. There is also a thriving ROTC program for students that may be interested in pursuing a career in the military after completing college, or who just enjoy the program. Marist does provide on-campus housing and there are several activities in the town of Poughkeepsie that will keep students occupied throughout the year.


Marist College offers students the opportunity to earn continuing education credits, professional certificates, bachelor’s degrees, graduate degrees and post-graduate certificates in a wide array of subjects. Students will study in one of seven schools of training. These schools include the School of Communication and the Arts, the School of Computer Science and Mathematics, The School of Global and Professional Programs and the School of Liberal Arts. Other options include the School of Management, the School of Science and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Most all of these programs include different degrees and certificates and many even offer the opportunity to work on a master’s while still completing undergraduate studies.

Marist has a holistic approach to teaching, so students will learn in hands-on situations when possible. As the college has a core liberal arts curriculum, everybody will be spending at least part of their educational lives at the School of Liberal Arts.

The School of Global and Professional Programs is geared toward adult education and provides bachelor’s, master’s and certificate programs either in the classroom or via distance learning on the internet. Students may choose programs at either the Poughkeepsie or Killfish campuses and have the opportunity to earn their degrees on a flexible schedule that fits their needs.

Marist College provides many different degree programs via their distance learning program. Students have the support of a variety of communication and information management tools that are designed to meet the needs of a working student while providing interaction with instructors, peers and course materials. This is an excellent way to earn a degree for students who are still working or are unable to commute to traditional on-campus classes every day.

Students wishing to study abroad also have numerous options at Marist College. There are opportunities to study in short two-week blocks, semesters or entire years in many different places such as Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East or Latin America. There are also numerous scholarships available for students wishing to study abroad in order to make the program more affordable for anybody that would like to participate.

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Undergraduate Admission

As a school that prides itself on a holistic approach to teaching, Marist’s application process is a bit different than other schools. The college is extremely particular in admitting students. As they generally accept less than forty percent of applicants, students should complete each part of the process with care. The first step to seeking admission to Marist is to complete the application. This may be done either online or via a paper application. Students that are applying in the Early Decision admissions period must also print, complete and submit the Declaration of Early Decision which is available in PDF on the website. Students may also complete the Common application along with the Marist College Supplement.

Next, students should download, print and complete the Counselor Recommendation and Transcript Request Form and submit an official high school transcript. Because of Marist’s commitment to evaluate students as a whole, SAT or ACT score submission is optional during the application process except for home-schooled students and those wishing to apply to the Higher Education Opportunity Program. Admitted students will be required to submit scores in order to determine appropriate class placement.

The final steps in the application process include attaching a personal essay and paying the application fee. Students should use the personal essay as a tool to help Marist get to know the applicant. Relevant information such as academic and athletic achievements not apparent elsewhere should be described here. Finally, students will need to submit one additional letter of recommendation. The deadline for Early Entry applications is December 1 and the deadline for regular applicants is February 15.

Graduate Admissions

There are different requirements for each of the graduate schools but there are several documents that students should expect to submit regardless. Applications and fees specific to the school as well as letters of recommendation, personal essays, resumes and appropriate graduate school test scores such as the GRE or the GMAT are required by most of the programs. People seeking entrance to a graduate program should refer to the admissions department of that program.

For both undergraduate and graduate programs, students that are transferring from another institution and international students have additional admissions requirements and should refer to the website or the school for further information.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students at Marist College via need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, federally subsidized loans and work-study programs. In order to be eligible for any need-based aid, students must complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) which is available online in January. Students should know that financial information for both the student and family will be required in order to complete the FAFSA and should have this information available when completing the application. There is also financial aid available to graduate students and students who are wishing to study abroad.

Student Financial Aid Details

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The Marist Red Foxes are an NCAA Division III athletic organization. The compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic conference and their colors are red and white. They offer the opportunities for students to participate in many sports including men’s and women’s basketball, crew, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and track. Men may also choose to play baseball and football while women have the additional options of water polo, softball and volleyball.

Marist also offers several club sports and intramural activities for students that like to compete but cannot or chose not to do so at the varsity level. Some of the sports available include basketball, softball, flag football and soccer. For more information regarding these activities, students should contact the Athletics department.


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Information Summary

Ranks 122nd in New York and 1219th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.17
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.10
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 192 0.58
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.02
Forcible Rape 22 0.07
Robbery 107 0.33
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 283 0.86
Larceny 693 2.11
Vehicle theft 53 0.16

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population43,130 (42,465 urban / 665 rural)
Households15,394 (2.49 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,594
Families9,004 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3618

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 309th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $30,700 $30,700 $30,700
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $500 $500 $500
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $634 $634 $634
FT Graduate Tuition $12,960 $12,960 $12,960
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $720 $720 $720
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $48,390 $48,390 $48,390
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $47,395 $47,395 $47,395
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $35,435 $35,435 $35,435

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $28,890 $30,090 $28,890 $30,090 $28,890 $30,090
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,700 $1,750
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,100 $12,600
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,100 $2,170
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $11,430
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $2,300
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $2,300

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 10,351 (3,859 male / 6,492 female)
Admitted 3,876 (1,659 male / 2,217 female)
Admission rate 37%
First-time Enrollment 1,149 (466 male / 683 female)
FT Enrollment 1,149 (466 male / 683 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment6,365

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pioneer Football League
NCAA Basketball Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,043
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$8,400
Board Fee$4,700

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 13 77 100 54 7 1,129 78 1,477
Accounting 1 2 2 2 36 45
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 1
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Applied Mathematics, General 2 2
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 2
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 6 7
Biochemistry 2 2
Biology Teacher Education 7 1 8
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 24 29
Biomedical Sciences, General 1 3 1 1 19 26
Business Administration and Management, General 2 12 8 15 195 12 248
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 1 2 3
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1 8 10
Communication, General 5 24 6 2 173 12 223
Computer Science 12 12
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other 3 1 4 7 15
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 2 1 4
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 2 3 3 2 7 2 19
Counseling Psychology
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 1 5 42 1 51
Economics, General 7 1 8
Educational Psychology 2 2 16 1 21
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 18 1 22
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 10 11
Environmental Science
Fashion/Apparel Design 2 1 58 4 65
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 2 1 3
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 1 19 1 23
French Language Teacher Education 2 2
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General 2 8 2 12
Information Technology 1 18 19
Information Technology Project Management
Interior Design 3 3
Intermedia/Multimedia 3 20 1 24
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 3 1 41 4 52
Mathematics Teacher Education 9 11
Mathematics, General 1 5 6
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 2 2 8 2 14
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 8 2 1 24 3 38
Museology/Museum Studies 1 6 2 9
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1 13 2 16
Organizational Leadership 1 1 3 5
Philosophy 1 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies, General 1 1 2
Political Science and Government, General 2 17 2 22
Psychology, General 9 14 3 68 4 98
Psychology, Other 2 4 2 80 3 92
Public Administration 1 22 10 7 74 8 123
School Psychology 1 1 2
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 15 2 18
Social Work 1 3 15 1 20
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature 2 1 3
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other 1 1 2
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 18 4 23

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 886th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,792 ($79,687 male / $69,233 female)
Number of FT Faculty 233 (114 male / 119 female)
Number of PT Faculty 584
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $9,435,922

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