Marist College


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.


Information Summary

Ranks 132nd in New York and 1424th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 74.0
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $58,150
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 23 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 87% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 6,624


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.

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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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