Marist College

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3399 North Road

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Phone: (845) 575-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#10 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Marist College is a private institution that was founded in 1929. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,560, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 210 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Marist College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 10. Its tuition and fees are $31,300 (2013-14).

Marist College overlooks the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York. Students at Marist can choose from more than 40 undergraduate majors and more than 10 master's degrees, including those in business and public affairs. Marist students often benefit from the school's special partnership with the multinational technology corporation IBM. For decades, the IBM staff has worked with Marist students and faculty to brainstorm and try innovative technologies. One product that has come from this relationship is the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum website, developed jointly by Marist and IBM.

Students can also get involved on campus with the more than 80 clubs and student organizations, including Greek life and student government. Student athletes can choose from intramural and club sports, as well as the more than 20 Marist Red Foxes varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Notable Marist alumni include political commentator Bill O’Reilly, host of "The O’Reilly Factor" on Fox News.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

"Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect and character required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century."

The College fulfills its mission by pursuing three ideals: excellence in education, the importance of community, and the principle of service. These ideals were handed down to us by the Marist Brothers who founded the College. Although Marist is now an independent institution governed by a lay board of trustees, the three ideals remain an integral part of the College mission.

The Marist ideal of excellence in education is achieved through an emphasis on quality teaching and distinctive learning opportunities. At the undergraduate level, this begins with a firm foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Through core courses and their major field of study, students are educated to think logically and creatively, be able to synthesize and integrate methods and insights from a variety of disciplines, and effectively express their opinions both orally and in writing. Students are encouraged to consider the ethical dimensions of the subjects they study, and to become more aware of their own values and the value implications of the choices they make in their public and private lives. They are also exposed to cultures other than their own through on-campus programs and study abroad.

In addition to offering undergraduate programs to traditional-age students, Marist has a long history of serving the needs of adult learners for graduate, degree completion, and continuing education programs. The College offers these students an educational experience that meets the same high standards as our traditional undergraduate programs. Marist allows these students to balance their education with work and family responsibilities by offering flexible scheduling, alternative methods of program delivery, and satellite campuses.

Marist seeks to distinguish itself by the manner in which it uses information technology to support teaching, learning, and scholarship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College believes that by familiarizing our students with these advanced technologies, it better prepares them to be productive members of society and lifelong learners.

The Marist ideal of community is based on the belief that we become a better institution through the active involvement of faculty, staff, students, and alumni in the life of the College. At a time when social bonds in our society are tenuous, we seek to develop a relationship between our community members and the College that will last a lifetime. We do this by nurturing the development and well-being of all our community members. Of particular importance is assuring that the life of students outside the classroom is supportive of the educational goals pursued inside the classroom. We strive to be a diverse community but also one united by a shared commitment to the free exchange of ideas, consideration of the opinions of others, and civility in all our interactions.

Finally, Marist believes in the dignity of every human being and is committed to the principle of service. The College conducts programs for the disadvantaged, a wide variety of programs that meet community needs, and programs that broaden access to education. We encourage students, faculty, staff, and alumni to make service an important part of their lives. Students are encouraged to become involved in campus activities, programs that assist the less fortunate in our society, and service projects throughout the Hudson River Valley and around the world. By sharing their time and talents, students help make Marist a better place to live and learn while developing a sense of personal and civic responsibility.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1929
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $42,888,844


When applying to Marist College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 15 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Marist College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 31.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 31.4%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Marist College is 16:1, and the school has 54.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Marist College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology; Visual and Performing Arts; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 71%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 18%
Psychology 16%
Visual and Performing Arts 12%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Marist College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,560, with a gender distribution of 42.2 percent male students and 57.8 percent female students. At this school, 67 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 33 percent of students live off campus. Marist College is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,377
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Marist College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Marist College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Marist College, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Marist College.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Marist College, 59.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,182.

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Tuition and fees $31,300 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,890 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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