Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

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Marist is a comprehensive liberal arts institution with its main campus in New York’s Hudson River Valley, in the metro New York City region; a location in Midtown Manhattan; and a campus in the historic city of Florence, Italy, which offers seven bachelor’s degree programs, one master’s degree in Museum Studies, and the unique Freshman Florence Experience (FFE). 

Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, Money magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, and the Institute for International Education’s Open Doors Report, in addition to being featured in The Princeton Review’s Best 385 Colleges for 2020 and Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom

Because of the College’s focus on technological innovation and academic exploration across all disciplines, Marist enjoys unique research partnerships with the IBM Corporation, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Academic partnerships such as these offer students and faculty opportunities to collaborate with world-renowned leaders in business, history, and the environment; investigate some of the most pressing issues facing society; and offer new research and solutions.

While Marist is distinguished by high-quality faculty, innovative programs, and a technological platform comparable to those of the best research universities in the world, the College maintains small class sizes, a friendly shared-community atmosphere, and a commitment to supporting the whole student through their four years of study. 

Career awareness is infused throughout academic disciplines, and Marist’s renowned internship program provides students extraordinary opportunities in a wide range of national and international corporations, media companies, the fashion industry, and nonprofits. As a result of Marist’s blend of problem-solving skills taught through a traditional liberal arts education with specialized career-focused majors and minors, alumni have excellent employment outcomes in their fields of interest and are accepted to top graduate programs and medical and law schools around the world. In addition, Marist students have won prestigious fellowships and scholarships, including Fulbright, Gilman, Goldwater, Hansard, and Pickering. 

Through a comprehensive commitment to strong intellect and character development, Marist students are well prepared to participate and contribute to the global community of the 21st century. 


TYPE OF SCHOOL: Founded in 1929, Marist is an independent, coeducational, residential liberal arts institution.

SIZE OF CAMPUS: Marist consists of 251 acres on the banks of the Hudson River.

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: There are approximately 5,670 undergraduate students among the six academic schools at Marist.

NUMBER OF FACULTY: There are approximately 238 full-time faculty members. Undergraduate students benefit from a 16:1 student-faculty ratio.

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: Marist offers more than 47 undergraduate degrees and 12 graduate degrees within our six academic schools:
• School of Communication and the Arts
• School of Computer Science and Mathematics
• School of Liberal Arts
• School of Management
• School of Science
• School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: Marist students come from all corners of the United States and the world. Students represent nearly every state and more than 64 countries.

FINANCIAL AID: 85% 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 TOEFL or IELTS exam results. 

Binding Early Decision I: November 15 
Early Action: November 15 
Binding Early Decision II: February 1 
Regular Decision: February 1 

The Florence, Italy, campus offers rolling admission. The application fee is $50. 

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