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Marist is just the right size. You can walk from one side of campus to another within 10-15 minutes, so it's nestled together nicely. There is a decent amount of school pride with our basketball teams, but the football team here has been terrible and students always let them know it. The campus is beautiful year round, and it is kept up with very nicely- something you can't say about a SUNY school. Our library is one of the nicest in the nation, our dorms have been featured on Good Morning America, and the campus is literally right on the Hudson River (you can throw a rock in it). The short distance to NYC is also very convenient.
Harvard on the Hudson Sophomore
I can honestly say that my college experience can't have been any better than it has been at Marist. It was soooo easy to make friends, which is always a concern your first year. And the classes are great. Most of my classes have on average 20 students in them, so my professors know who I am and how I'm doing, which was important to me. I'm also doing my second Independent Study class where it's just the professor and me. At most other schools, there are never opportunities like that! The housing is also incredible. I live in an apartment-style dorm this year with our own kitchen and everything. No complaints, whatsoever. Marist is definitely a college that you should at least come and check out. There's always, always things to do, and you'll never know if it's right for you unless you stop by!
Marist is an average size college that lies right along the Hudson River. The campus and view at any season is gorgeous! Marist is about an hour and a half from New York City making it easy to make weekend trips into the city to see a show or just go shopping. Around Marist, there are many different restaurants that line Route 9 and there are plenty of shopping opportunities at the various malls. As you walk around Marist, it is likely you will see dozens of students with Marist "gear" on. There is Marist pride all around the campus and you can see this pride simply by walking around or by attending one of the many sporting events throughout the year. As a freshman, entering a new place is always scary. I must say, the second I walked on to campus on my first day, my fears were gone. I felt comfortable and everyone I have met has made me feel comfortable and at home.
The Community of Marist Freshman
Marist is just the right size. You always see a friendly face wherever you go but it is also not small enough where you feel like you are still in high school. Someone always knows a marist student when you tell them where you go, and they always know what a great school it is. There is no college town which is the only downfall to the school.
On the weekends, Marist students usually go to nearby bars or to on-campus parties. During the basketball and football seasons, a lot of students go to games at night with the rest of the student body. Marist brings a lot of on campus events to keep students busy. Every year there is a spring concert on the campus green, this year is JackÕs Mannequin and Matt Nathanson. Marist also brings comedians, shows movies, plays, for students who are looking for something to do. Student Activities runs trips to the mall down route 9 and to Stop and Shop, so if you donÕt have a car this comes in handy. They also run Broadway trips to NYC for $25, ski trips to Hunter Mountain, and tickets to the Yankee games. Most students stay on campus during the weekends because there is always something to do and fun to have with your friends.
Life at marist Senior
Marist truly is the best of both worlds regarding the size of the school. It is small enough to know a lot of people, have small class sizes, and receive enough attention from the faculty and staff. However, it is big enough to meet new people frequently, and there are Division I sports along with many extracirricular activities. The city of Poughkeepsie may not be the safest, but Marist is on the outskirts and security is more than reliable. The majority of the housing (especially the upperclassmen townhouses) is spacious, clean and aesthetically pleasing. The campus is gorgeous, and the scenic views of the Hudson make the campus picturesque.
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