Marist College campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 640
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
February 1

Early Action
November 15

February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General
  • Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Natural Resources Management and Policy

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Interior Design
  • Intermedia/Multimedia

Students Say

Marist College is a comprehensive college with liberal arts tradition located "on the Hudson River" that is gaining a national reputation. The students enjoy the "small class sizes," "Catholic underpinning" (the school was founded as a Catholic school but is no longer officially associated with the church), and "proximity to New York City." Located in Poughkeepsie, NY, Marist is only "an hour and a half away from NYC," providing plenty of opportunities for internships, jobs, and excursions to the greatest city in the world. Students also boast about the "excellent alumni network" and "very strong study abroad program." "Marist just feels like home the moment you pull on to campus," one student says. "You can receive a great education here along with the beautiful view it offers," a Business Administration major explains. "Marist is about opportunity" and the school provides an "enriching community with a variety of clubs, courses, and activities for all students to enjoy." "Marist revolves around progressively learning to obtain jobs for the immediate future" and students graduate "prepared for the workplace." An example of this is the Computer Science program that offers the opportunity for "joint study with IBM." "The partnership with IBM has allowed our school to work side by side with some of the biggest leaders in the technology industry," one student explains. The Fashion Program is also very strong and popular with students. The staff of "incredibly knowledgeable and engaging" professors are "very hands on." "Classes are capped at about twenty-five students," and "most professors are willing to work one-on-one with you to ensure you will progress academically." "Professors generally demonstrate enthusiasm for material, with a soundly deliberate approach to relaying it to students," a Computer Science major clarifies. The faculty really "care about students" and "encourage students to go see them if you are falling behind or have any personal issues." "We are go-getters and a growing college," one happy student says while another sums up Marist thusly: "Marist College is the complete package—academics and extracurricular keep me busy and having fun."


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Rik Smits
Former NBA Player

Bill O'Reilly
Television News Anchor

Christopher McCann
President 1-800-FLOWERS

Timothy G. Brier

Maureen O'Rourke
Dean, Boston University School of Law

Laurie DeJong
President & CEO, LDJ Productions NYC, Inc.

Michael Buckley
Vice President of Global Business Communications at Facebook

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures

Practical Experience

Marist offers a range of experiential opportunities that have captured the attention of its “politically involved, bright students.” For students interested in anything to do with media, politics, government, public policy, activism, or foreign affairs, Marist offers ways to intern, study abroad, and research at home. Undergraduate researchers work with faculty members as part of a team, and can participate in case study competitions requiring intensive research and presentation among a national audience.
The Marist in Manhattan internships help students to get practical experience in the worlds of art, fashion or media. Students get college credit for interning with top companies and complement their on-the-job experiences with group activities, lectures, and networking opportunities. A broad range of options means there is room for just about any interest. Past interns have worked at CNN, NBC News, and Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report as well as at other media outlets, museums, presses, and fashion houses.
Marist students also prize the “help [they get] with obtaining internships outside of New York State,” an international business student said. Through the Washington Semester Program, hosted by the School of Professional and extended Studies at American University, Marist students study and work with other undergraduates from around the globe. Here, too, students attend class and work as interns, but during their Washington Semester, Marist students will also “have the option of choosing to conduct an in-depth research project using Washington, D.C. as a laboratory of information or to take an elective class from [American University’s] hundreds of offerings to fulfill an academic requirement,” according to American. Students gain access to the program’s extensive network of organizations for internship opportunities and resources that help with résumés, cover letters, and interview prep. On the other side of the Atlantic, in association with the London School of Economics and Political Science, Marist students in the Hansford Scholars Program follow the same model of study and internship as they discover the British political system. Students engage in academic work that includes classes, guest lectures, and supervised research, and work as interns with “an NGO, a government department, a lobbying group, or in the Houses of Parliament themselves.”
Service Learning

Marist has several programs that help students integrate service into their educational experience, whereby, as a criminal justice major told us, “Marist provides a quality educations with a strong emphasis on making connections and giving back to the community.” One such program is the Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership, or CCEL, which aims to develop leadership skills by helping students get involved with local community organizations. Through programs like the Tarver Summer Internships, named after community leader and civil rights activist, Marie Tarver, CCEL teaches students how to be creative and independent while working alongside existing organizations toward a common goal. These paid internships require students to design and execute a project in coordination with a faculty member, who serves as a mentor, and a community organization, which provides the infrastructure for the student’s project. Students have a wide degree of latitude when developing their project, but they must select a community partner from an approved list of organizations from the Hudson River Valley. In consultation with their mentor and the local organization’s director, interns identify key issues their work will address and how the project’s objectives align with the strategic goals of the organization. Experiences like these help students manage multiple lines of communication and develop strategies to integrate their ideas into existing action networks—increasingly important skills as the world becomes more interconnected, and resources, including institutional infrastructures, more limited. Through the internship, students learn how to develop actionable plans, coordinate resources, measure effects, and present their results to the campus community.
Dahley Turner, a 2014 Tarver Intern, with the help of her mentor, associate professor of social work Daria Hanssen, developed a youth intervention program in association with an organization called Liberty Partnership Program, or LPP. LPP is a local initiative sponsored by Marist and funded by the New York State Department of Education to help at-risk high school students develop skills that will help them succeed in college and their careers. LPP works with the local school districts and has extensive access to at-risk students. Dahley worked with the director of LPP to develop and implement “a self-confidence building curriculum” and devised a method to measure the intervention’s impact through pre- and post-assessments, according to the college. She then prepared a report on the intervention’s findings to the campus community.
The program makes it easy for students to devote an entire summer to their project because the internship includes free campus housing during the summer, three free tuition credits, and a significant stipend. By devoting all of their time to the project, students get a more realistic idea of what full-time project coordination and development feels like, and it helps them develop follow-through skills while granting them a sense of project ownership.
Leadership Opportunities

Marist has a robust leadership development program. The Emerging Leaders Program offers students a series of workshops, lectures, and activities that cover everything from basic leadership skills, like effective evaluation and feedback, to specific leadership plans, such as leadership during a transition or how to deal with poor performance or low participation within an organization. The program is free to students, and the college offers a certificate to those who complete five or more programs. The college has recently added the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership to its repertoire of leadership programs. Endowed by the industrialist Raymond A. Rich, the Institute for Leadership is housed on a historic estate about ten miles north of campus. The institute helps students develop “communication, interpersonal, and social skills necessary to lead complex organizations in a global setting,” according to Dean Rinehart, by establishing campus residencies for leaders from government, corporations and nonprofits, hosting leadership conferences, and providing students with workshops. The institute aims to “encourage potential leaders to become better at motivating others through consideration and persuasion, and to foster dedication to a better social and economic environment,” Dean Rinehart told us
Special Facilities

Any student interested in government or public policy knows that the pollster is the campaign manager’s best friend. Marist students have a privileged opportunity to put their finger on the pulse of America and learn the challenges of polling. One student told us that being “home to the Marist Poll” was one of the college’s greatest strengths. The Marist Institute for Public Opinion conducts the Marist Poll, a long-established and well-respected poll used by journalists and analysts around the world. In 1978, it became the first survey center embedded in a college to engage undergraduate students in the business of survey research. Students participate in every aspect of the dynamic polling process, which “[allows] them to weave political science, computing, communications, marketing, and psychology into an interdisciplinary learning experience,” according to the college. Through the institute students have access to “employment, internships, conferences, and seminars with leading journalists, pollsters, and government officials.” Because the Marist Poll covers a wide range of issues on local and national scales, students are sure to find work relevant to their interests.
But the Marist Institute for Public Opinion should appeal to more than just political science students. As polling is used in nearly every social science and is a huge component of marketing, the institute offers great opportunities for students to work on something bigger than a class project. It also gives students a chance to see how polls are constructed and interpreted, and students are likely to explore how concepts of behavioral economics, like message framing and anchoring, work in a real-world context.


Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



59% female
41% male
48% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Students Say

Many Marist students "come from the tri-state area," especially Long Island, "but there is also a great variation of people from all over the world with many personalities." The average student is "preppy," "friendly," "well off" and "ready to meet new people." Students are active on campus, and most "join a club, sports team, or Greek life." Students do think that "the diversity could be expanded a little." The school's fashion program seems to influence school style, as many remark that the student body is "nicely dressed" and "up with the latest fashion trends." Some say the school is "very clique based," but that "students find their clique." "Students typically fit in well, even those who differ from the typical student." "Marist is where the nice people go," one Psychology major says. "The students at Marist are the kind of people who hold the door for you and say ‘god bless you' when you sneeze."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Students Say

Although Marist students are "hard workers," "life at Marist is often very relaxing because of its atmosphere and location." Students love to be outside on their "spectacular" "sprawling green campus" that is located "on the beautiful Hudson River." "When the weather is nice you can find the campus littered with all ages and classes enjoying the sun and the open campus areas," a student explains. The location provides students with the best of both worlds. They live in a gorgeous campus and can go to the lovely city of Poughkeepsie "for shopping, hiking, apple picking, or just walking around our rich community." On the other hand, all the big cities pleasures of NYC are just "a train ride away" and students regularly go down for "day or weekend trips to the city." Some students wish there was "bigger Greek life" on campus. On campus, sporting events are popular and the college provides events for students such as "movies, shows, bingo, and open mic." When not at a campus event or going to "historical sites in the Hudson Valley," students like to "go out to parties," "hang out with friends," or attend "random cookie nights in a dorm."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Disabilities Support Program

Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Jean Vizvary

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducation evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

3% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

55% participate in intramural sports
12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Red Foxes)
12 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Red Foxes)
12 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Lenovo ThinkPad University Program, Lenovo and Apple desktops and laptops available for students and employees at educational pricing in College Computer store.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Kent Rinehart
Dean of Admission

Office of Admission
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1387



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
James A Cannavino Library
James J McCann Recreation Center
Hancock Center
Murray Student Center and Dining Hall
Newly Built Music Department

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Walkway Over the Hudson
Mohonk Mountain Preserve
Lake Minewaska
FDR Home and Library
Vanderbilt Mansion

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies - fall

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Poughkeepsie Train station is 1 mile from campus. The station is served by Metro-North train, and Amtrak. Stewart Airport is 30 minutes away in Newburgh, New York.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Marist can be reached from Interstate 84 and 87 from I-87 take exit 17, follow signs to 84 east, take 84 east to exit 13. Follow route 9 North to campus. From 84 or west take exit 13 to route 9 North.

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn Express (rates go from $90 to $130) and the Courtyard by Marriott (rates go from $100 to $150)