Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

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Two campuses, one college: New York | Italy

Founded in 1929, Marist College provides a private liberal arts education with opportunities unique to our location in New York’s Hudson River Valley, midway between New York City and Albany. Undergraduate research, dynamic faculty, world-class technology, interdisciplinary studies, and global engagement are cornerstones of a Marist education.

The College offers over 90 majors, minors, and concentrations within the Schools of Communications and the Arts, Computer Science and Mathematics, the Liberal Arts, Management, Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Some students design their own interdepartmental major built around their academic interests and goals. Marist students benefit from a culture that inspires them to explore a wealth of academic programs and opportunities. A global mindset is pervasive, with every student participating in a transformative educational experience.

From internships in Manhattan to Fulbright placements across the globe, the breadth of academic programs as well as fieldwork, community service, and networking opportunities allows students to develop lifelong interests and connections. Students from 47 states and 67 countries attend Marist, and after graduation, they live and work all over the world.

Going beyond the classroom
In addition to being one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars two years running, Marist College is one of the nation’s best institutions, offering both outstanding academics and top experiential learning opportunities, according to The Princeton Review. Marist is one of the schools—along with the likes of Stanford, Princeton, and MIT—featured in the guide Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom.

Visiting campus
We know transfer students want more depth and substance to their college visit experience. Our visit programs are designed to give you maximum exposure to Marist students who’ve “been there, done that.” The Marist Transfer Student Advisory Board—students who transferred to Marist from two-year and four-year schools across the country—have gone through the process you’re contemplating, and they want to help you understand life at Marist. Meet them by signing up for a visit program at

Life after Marist
Marist graduates pursue career paths as diverse as their passions. Our students and alumni are regular recipients of national awards, including Fulbright, Goldwater, and National Science Foundation Scholarships, among others. Whether it’s business, education, film, law, medicine, research, or politics, our graduates are leaders in their fields—and appreciative of their Marist experience.

Financing your Marist education
Providing financial assistance is a top priority at Marist. The College awards more than $40 million in financial aid annually, and we're committed to making a Marist education available to all qualified students by helping families meet their educational expenses. Marist offers scholarship and aid opportunities to transfer students of all income levels.

We believe the work you’ve completed outside of our institution should be credited toward your Marist education. That’s why we accept up to 90% of transfer credits. To see which credits will transfer, view our Transfer Credit Roadmap on our website. By utilizing our credit transfer system, you’ll be able to hit the ground running for your Marist education and won’t waste the money you spent at your previous institution.


• Accounting
• American Studies
• Applied Mathematics
• Athletic Training
• Biochemistry (BA)
• Biology*                  
• Biomedical Sciences
• Business Administration
   - Finance
   - Human Resource Management
   - International Business
   - Marketing

• Chemistry (BA)*
   - Biochemistry

• Communication
   - Advertising
   - Communication Studies
   - Journalism
   - Public Relations
   - Sports Communication

• Computer Science
   - Game Design & Programming
   - Software Development

• Conservation Studies
• Criminal Justice
• Cybersecurity
• Data Science & Analytics
• Digital Media
   - Animation
   - Digital Arts
   - Graphic Design
   - Web Design
• Economics
• English*
   - Literature
   - Theatre*
   - Writing*

• Environmental Studies
   - Assessment
   - Policy
   - Science

• Fashion Design
• Fashion Merchandising
   - Business
   - Fashion Promotion
   - Product Development

• Fine Arts
   - Art History
   - Studio Art

• French*
• Games & Emerging Media
   - Design
   - Tech

• History*
• Information Technology & Systems
   - Systems
   - Technology
• Interior Design
• Italian
• Mathematics*
• Media Studies
   - Film & Television
   - Interactive Media & Game Design

• Medical Technology
• Philosophy
   - Religious Studies
• Political Science
• Psychology
   - Dual Certification in Childhood Education & Childhood Education
   - Special Education—Grades 1–6

• Religion
• Social Work
• Spanish*
• Studio Art

*New York State Secondary Education Certification (5-year MAT) offered in conjunction with major or concentration program

Undecided students can explore their interests and create their own interdepartmental major through the School of Communication and the
Arts, the School of Computer Science and Math, the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Management, the School of Science, and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Marist had everything I wanted and more! Throughout my time here, I’ve been able to take classes directly related to my future career and completed internships that have really helped me grow as a public relations professional.”

    • Caroline W.
  • “I was familiar with the beautiful campus and great opportunities with academics, study abroad options, and activities outside the classroom. I knew I wanted to transfer and continue my college career at Marist, studying on a campus in a great location in the Hudson Valley.”

    • David O.
  • “Between the many clubs and events offered on campus, there’s something for everyone. It’s a great way to meet new people, especially people who have similar interests as you.”

    • Rebecca C.
  • “Marist was the first school I looked at, and the others didn’t even compare. I was really impressed with the College and its approach to education—the idea of getting to know my professors and having actual real-world experiences, not just memorizing facts.”

    • Rebecca L.