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Undergrad Profile

Marist is a comprehensive liberal arts institution with its main campus in New York’s Hudson River Valley and a branch campus in the historic city of Florence, Italy. 

The Marist Florence, Italy, campus is the only U.S. bachelor’s degree program in the city of Florence. The partnership between Marist and the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici has truly fostered an international learning environment for students studying at Marist-LdM. Marist-LdM offers seven degrees through the Four-Year Degree Program. For students looking to begin their global education early, they may spend their freshman year in Florence as part of the innovative Freshman Florence Experience. Graduate students have the exciting opportunity to earn an M.A. in Museum Studies. This can be a one-year program designed to combine on-site museum study in the Renaissance center. Graduate students will complete an internship in one of many locations around the world. Finally, the Marist Abroad Program offers semester- and year-long study abroad placements in Florence during students’ junior or senior years.

By using the unrivalled opportunities that Florence, Tuscania, Rome, and Venice offer for investigating the history and cultural heritage of Italy and Europe in galleries, palaces, gardens, churches, and museums, students benefit from an education outside of the classroom in a safe, friendly environment. The Florence campus programs stimulate and develop the potential individual creativity of students, providing them not only with the technical skills but also the conceptual insights necessary for the development of artistic talent. Florence truly is a “classroom without walls.” Marist-LdM aims to integrate formal university-level learning with an emphasis on personal growth, individual engagement, and community responsibility. 

The Florence campus is a symbol of Marist’s commitment to global education; it provides students a unique opportunity to grow as world citizens. For those interested, the program offerings in Florence afford an education like no other. The Tuscan atmosphere allows Marist students to engage in a U.S.-style classroom environment while absorbing the educational resources of a significantly historic and inspirational European city. n


TYPE OF COLLEGE: Marist’s Florence, Italy, campus is an independent, coeducational, residential liberal arts institution. Courses are taught in English.

SIZE OF CAMPUS: Florence campus is situated in the city center of this European city.

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: There are several hundred students studying at the Marist campus among the many academic programs.

NUMBER OF FACULTY: Marist undergraduate students benefit from a 15:1 student-faculty ratio. The faculty are international; some are based in Florence, while others are visiting from the New York campus.

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: Marist’s Florence, Italy campus offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as opportunities to study abroad and programs for high school students.
• Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art/Art History
• Bachelor of Science in Studio Art
• Bachelor of Science in Conservation Studies
• Bachelor of Science in Digital Media
• Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design
• Bachelor of Arts in Italian
• Bachelor of Professional Studies in Interior Design
• Master of Arts in Museum Studies

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: Florence students come from all corners of the United States and the world. Students represent many different states, and over 20% of the student body is from outside the United States.

FINANCIAL AID: 80% of students receive financial aid from the College.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: Marist has established a test-optional policy for admission. Applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores to receive consideration for admission. Non-native English speakers are required to submit either the TOEFLor IELTS exam results.

Florence campus offers rolling admission; the application fee is $50. Portfolios are required for the B.S. in Studio Art and for Design majors.