- Class: Freshman
- Major: Business Administration/Management
- Gender: NULL
- High School: Shenendehowa High School (Clifton Park, NY)
- Transfer Student: N
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.
Professors know your name, most of them take attendance, and the class sizes are almost always less than 25 students. The competitiveness of students ranges from very competitive to not competitive at all. Since it is a College of Arts and Sciences, there are specific "Core Classes" required, but they are all useful in acting as a foundation for future courses. There academic requirements are very reasonable, and for most majors, a minor is feasible. There are incredible internship opportunities locally and in New York City, which is a relatively short distance away. Career Services makes finding a job much easier with the resources and Alumni network. There are also numerous study abroad programs, and a campus in Florence, Italy where several students spend a semester.
As I mentioned earlier, most students are from Long Island or New Jersey. There are also many students from other parts of New York, Connecticut, and the surrounding states. The amount of students from the West Coast has been increasing steadily through the years. The students can seem cliquey, but at the same time everyone is friendly and for the most part all students get along.