Poughkeepsie, NY
Marist College


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Recent Reviews

Brandon
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Marist is just the right size. You can walk from one side of campus to another within 10-15 minutes, so it's nestled together...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Marist is just the right size. You can walk from one side of campus to another within 10-15 minutes, so it's nestled together nicely. There is a decent amount of school pride with our basketball teams, but the football team here has been terrible and students always let them know it. The campus is beautiful year round, and it is kept up with very nicely- something you can't say about a SUNY school. Our library is one of the nicest in the nation, our dorms have been featured on Good Morning America, and the campus is literally right on the Hudson River (you can throw a rock in it). The short distance to NYC is also very convenient.

Describe the students at your school.

Despite some minorities who may pull the race card, race relations overall are very good here. You will always see people of different races mingling together. You should know before you apply here however, that Marist is predominantly white, so if you want a greatly diverse school, you may want to look elsewhere. The school seemingly leans left politically, and some professors don't mind showing it.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Marist is a great school...don't let anyone tell you differently. The only real negative here is the housing situation, because Marist has more students than space to hold them. Other than that, Marist is a school on the rise, and I wouldn't be surprised if this school eventually got compared to Boston College, Villanova, and other top notch schools. If you're looking for a great education with a tight-knit campus and Division I sports to watch, Marist is the school for you.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No...the only stereotype that may be somewhat true is that many students here are from the NY metro area specifically NYC and Long Island/ rest of the tri-state area, however this is just logical because of Marist's convenient location.

What are the academics like at your school?

The professors get to know you personally on a first name basis because the classes are so small. Even as a freshman, the largest class you will have is probably 30 or less, and they only get smaller as you go. For those who would easily be distracted in a huge lecture hall where no one pays attention, this would be great for you. Students here are very smart...I actually feel pretty dumb at times, and I had a 3.4 GPA in high school. Marist students know how to party, but they also make academics their first priority. Professors are usually available after class during their specific office hours. They always encourage you to talk to them if you need anything. The academics at Marist are strong, and employers know that.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Social life at Marist is pretty good overall. Your typical choices for a weekend would be a frat house, sports house, bars, clubs, etc. Marist is a HUGE bar school...that's usually where people hang out. The popular bars are Backstreet, Darby's, Hatters, etc. Sometimes if people don't feel like going out though, they will just play beer pong in their suite and have a few people over. If you aren't into the alcohol scene, chances are you will become bored very fast and not find weekends to be fun anymore.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Some popular stereotypes include everyone being white, rich, snobby and guidos/guidettes but that isn't true at all. Marist is getting more diverse and no, not everyone is rich.

Blake
What is your overall opinion of this school?

As a campus tour guide, many prospective students have asked me why I chose Marist and what I like best about it. My answer i...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

As a campus tour guide, many prospective students have asked me why I chose Marist and what I like best about it. My answer is simple. When I first visited Marist as a junior in February of 2004, I was immediately aware of a sense of community. Everyone seemed to know one another. People were smiling. The cafeteria was buzzing with energy. I could picture myself not only going to school here, but LIVING here. There was a level of comfort I felt immediately at Marist, and something I never felt at the other schools I visited. Were my instincts correct? You bet. I will be graduating in May having had the best 4 years of my life.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

At first, Marist may seem to be comprised of white, middle-to-upper class students from places like Long Island and New Jersey. While a percentage of our population is from the Tri-State area and come from suburban areas, this is not true of the entire student body. After a short time at the school, you will begin to pick up on just how DIVERSE we really are. It may not seem so on the outside, but I am constantly amazed by the wide variety of backgrounds, personalities, experiences and opinions of my fellow students. There is just about every "type" of college student represented at Marist and finding your niche is simply an act of putting yourself out there, joining clubs and activities that interest you and making the most out of your time here.

Jacqueline
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The student should ask him or herself these questions and find the school that best reflects their answers. Do they like big...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The student should ask him or herself these questions and find the school that best reflects their answers. Do they like big city life, small towns, or medium size towns? Do they like being in large or small classes? What type of teaching allows them to learn the best? Do they want to be close to home or really far away? Do they like the campus because it is important to visit the school before deciding to go there. What is the area surrounding the school like? Are there places close enough or on campus that will satisfy your needs? How challenging do they want the curriculum at their school to be? Does the school have the major you are interested in pursuing? What type of classes does it offer for that major? If you aren't sure about your major does the school have one or more majors that seem interesting? What type of extracurricular activities does the school offer? How much does it cost to attend the school? What financial aid and scholarships aare offered? To make the most of your experience get involved on campus and make friends. Hang out but also do your school work.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The parking lots for the commuters aren't plowed very well and there is not enough lighting or parking.

Stephanie
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Marist is full of upper middle class conservative Ugg boot stereotypes who usually care more about drinking 4 days a week rat...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Marist is full of upper middle class conservative Ugg boot stereotypes who usually care more about drinking 4 days a week rather than studying.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

One of the most important things to remember when you are choosing your college is how comfortable you feel there. When you are visiting, look around you and notice the people walking around on campus. Try to schedule some sort of visit to the school, outside your regular tour. As a tour guide, I know that there are certain canned answers you must give while working, mostly for the parents? sakes. However, you should really try to spend a day or stay overnight with a student. This will give you a better perspective on what students do on campus, how a real room actually looks, and how the cafeteria food tastes. Also, you want to choose your college based on academics. Sure, you want to go to college and have the time of your life, but you should not just choose a school because they have ?really awesome parties? or because you heard everyone gets drunk all the time. You are at college to learn about a field that you want to pursue and, unlike your general high school education, you will use what you learn in college in your future. That is the reason why you are attending college.

What's unique about your campus?

I love the campus and our location right on the Hudson.

Dany
Describe the students at your school.

They are all there to learn.

Describe the students at your school.

They are all there to learn.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find a college that your child or yourself can spend four years with the best learning environment and social situations. At Marist you will find lifelong friends and you will be able to get an education that is one of the best in the U.S.

Sandy
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When someone is preparing to go to college, it is important that they be choosy in their selection. It is one of the most im...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When someone is preparing to go to college, it is important that they be choosy in their selection. It is one of the most important life changing events of their lives. Compare the price, distance and the availiability of the college.

What's unique about your campus?

Access to on line courses, the instructors and the people I meet.

Howard
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Marist College is known for its relationship with IBM , St. Francis and Vassar Brothers Hospitals. It is also known for its...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Marist College is known for its relationship with IBM , St. Francis and Vassar Brothers Hospitals. It is also known for its effective and active Campus Minstry which provides many services for the community, students and school. Marist also has a very strong internship program both locally and worldwide.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To me, the most important aspect of finding the right college was how I felt during the initial visit to the school. I believe that most students have a "gut feeling" when they find the right college. As long as all the school fills most of your requirements, such as field of study, tuition costs, size, extra-curricular activities and financial aid, then you need to rely on your "gut". It is very important to feel accepted and welcome not only by other students, but by the faculity and staff. Having that right feeling will make you a stronger, more involved student.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I feel I was completely aware of all information I needed to know before entering Marist College. I visited the school many times and had the opportunity to speak with students, financial aid officers and professors whenever needed. I received emails on a regular basis from those who would be my professors and advisors before entering my freshman year.

Jenna
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Marist is known for their strong Business and Communications schools, their atheletic programs, their study abroad program an...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Marist is known for their strong Business and Communications schools, their atheletic programs, their study abroad program and community service opportunities.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Picking a selection of colleges to choose from may seem difficult, but the real challenge arises when you have been admitted to more than one and have to make one of the biggest decisions of your high school career: which college to pick. Being weary of the process myself due to my amazing experience at home in high school, and being in a bit of denial on growing up and being deemed a "college student," I know the mixed emotions of crossing that line from adolescent to adult. Visiting schools you consider your options is the best advice I can give. Until you step foot on campus with other potential and current students you can never get a feel for the life you may have there. Involving yourself in any way possible--either through atheltics, extracurriculars, clubs or on-campus work--you are bound to meet people with similar interests that will make your college experience amazing. Put yourself out there. Be a part of your campus, not just a member. You're going to stress about work, but balance your time and remember that the paper or test will be over with, but so will college. So, enjoy it!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known more about the type of people that attended and how small the school would feel after being here for over 2 years.

Jillian
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The affliation with IBM, and state of the arts library

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The affliation with IBM, and state of the arts library

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't settle, make sure a school has everything you are looking for.. If you don't know what you are looking for try to talk to as many people as possible, and visit as many schools as possible to gauge what you're looking for.

What's unique about your campus?

The small class sizes, and great on campus housing.

Jaclyn
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Very small campus and students receive a lot of attention from professors

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Very small campus and students receive a lot of attention from professors

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go to a state college if you can to save money, or start at a community college. Dont waste time partying, keep your grades up and get the best experience for your money

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Non-diverse, very focused on drinking and partying

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