Marist College

3399 North Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

School Details

Marist College is a two-year public school located in Poughkeepsie, New York. Marist began in 1929 as a school for the training of future Marist brothers. Today, Marist College is one of the leading colleges of the arts and sciences in the country.

Marist College offers over 20 certificates of completion, over 40 bachelor’s degree programs, and 12 master’s degree programs. Classes are held in traditional learning environments as well as distance learning environments. Programs include: Communication & The Arts, Computer Science & Mathematics, Global and Professional Programs, Liberal Arts, Management, Science, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Distance learning classes are offered for the following: BA/BS Liberal Studies, Masters of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication, Master of Arts in Communication, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Educational Psychology-Hybrid, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Technology Management, and an Advanced Certificate in Information Systems. Some classes can be taken in 10-week and accelerated online courses.

MC’s campus includes 10 acres along the eastern and western shores of the Hudson River with over 50 buildings and 37 student housing facilities. About 61,000 people visit the campus annually.

About 52% of students live in campus housing and 85% live on main campus. There are four residence halls for freshman students, four for sophomores, and five for juniors and seniors. There are over 80 student clubs and organizations available for students to participate in on-campus. About 25% of students participate in intermural sports. The college has 23 intercollegiate varsity sports teams (12 women’s teams, 11 men’s teams) and 11 club teams.

Students are able to travel to Marist’s campus in Florence, Italy for study abroad courses. Students are able to earn bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees abroad. Additional Marist sites are in Rome and Venice.

Marist College has 6,303 students (4,536 undergraduates) and 577 faculty members, giving the university and 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 229 teach full-time and 348 teach part-time. About 86% of students study full-time and 14% study part-time. The student body contains 59% female students and 41% male students. About 44% of all students are white with the remaining students being black and Hispanic. About 90% of students are ages 24 and under with 10% of students being ages 25 and above. The average MTV student is 27 years old. About 52% of students are from New York and 48% are from out-of-state. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 92% and the overall graduation rate is 80%.

Students have access to services such as ROTC (Army), teacher certification, distance learning, and weekend/evening college. Remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers are also provided.  

Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 70% of those attending Marist College receive financial aid. The deadline for FAFSA submission is January 1 for all students.

Each year, about 11,500 students apply to Marist College and approximately 34% of these applicants are accepted. Statistically, 35% of male applicants and 33% of all female applicants are accepted. A complete application includes a completed application form, payment of $50 for the undergraduate application fee, official high school transcript, a personal essay, two letters of recommendation (for freshman students), a writing sample, official results from the SAT or ACT exam, and official results of the English Proficiency Exam (for non-native speaking English students). Deadline for Early Decision admission is November 1, Early Action admission is November 15, and Regular Admission is February 1. Notification of decisions will be sent December 15 for early decision enrollment, January 31 for early action, and April 1 for regular admission.


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    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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