Poughkeepsie, NY
Marist College


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

When I was looking at colleges the one thing I had in mind was that I knew I wanted to go away but close enough to home where...

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

When I was looking at colleges the one thing I had in mind was that I knew I wanted to go away but close enough to home where I could make the trip easily. I say, keep the distance around 2-3 hours and you'll have a new sense of freedom and responsibility. The most important part of the selection process is making sure the school encourages what you enjoy. I'm a bit of a jock myself and I am the president of the rugby team here. I knew going in that I needed a campus that somewhat revolved around athletics. Sports are very big here and all the students get involved somehow in intramural sports or just playing pick-up games with whoever is around. If music is a big part of your life, find a place that revolves around music. Finally, be sure that school and students take their academic life seriously. Students who put their academics first tend to enjoy everything else more and seem to be more enjoyable than those who only care about partying, that said though, make sure that the students are able to relax and enjoy the weekends.

What's unique about your campus?

The social life has to be the best part. Everyone is extremely friendly and people get along very well for the most part. People easily have a great time with one another and upper-classmen make a big effort to welcome in freshmen to ensure they have just a good experience as they had. The academics here are very impressive and the business school does a good job of bringing in professors with a lot of experience in the 'real world' and helping their students get into the 'real world'.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

When bragging about Marist the thing I bring up most is how well the school takes care of its students. They make sure everyone is enjoying their experience and are being prepared for the rest of their life. The basketball games are a lot of fun and everyone gets behind the team and the atmosphere is somewhat indescribeable. The social life around campus is also pretty amazing.

Perry
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Just the overalll size of the campus. It's not that big so it's like a little community, were everone alomost knows everyone....

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

Just the overalll size of the campus. It's not that big so it's like a little community, were everone alomost knows everyone. This can be both good and bad at times.

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

I would tell parents or students to go with there "gut feeling" , if they feel comfortable with the settings there, then go with it. I feel a big part of college is the people you meet there and the long lasting freinds you make. In highschool the freinds you make there go in different directions sometimes, and barely keep contact. In college you may meet your future spouse, or lifelong friend. It's also omportant that resources like internet, books, and internships are availble. You are building towards your future out there in the world. Lastly just fully indulge yourself in the college experince because those are memories that you'll remember forever.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person that is focued on academics first that everything else second.

Maddison
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It has an amazing campus, all of the green and the river are not seen at other campuses i considered. Also, the academic si...

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

It has an amazing campus, all of the green and the river are not seen at other campuses i considered. Also, the academic situation seems a lot better than other schools. It consists of hardwork and dedication, and slacking is definitely not rewarded; whereas, some schools i hear of are easy and you can slide ride through. It definitely has a home feeling to the campus as well.

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

To find the right college, it is definitely important to visit the school first if possible. The feeling you get from being on the college campus can definitely confirm or change your feelings about the school. Also, focus on YOUR needs and desires and not your friends; i know everyone says that but its really true and it's funny how influential friends can be. To make most of the college experience, take courses that will challenge you and you are interested in. Also, freshman year everyone is new so as hard as it may be, do not be afraid to go out and make friends. Also, being open is a big key factor in to making new friends and having more fun.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most furstrating thing is probably that freshman year there are only three or maybe four buildings so you live with a lot of people and that can get really frustrating, especially for girls because there is a good amount of girls at Marist that are still immature or rude. They try to pick on other girls. SO living with them can get annoying, but after freshman year it should be easy to avoid them.

Joseph
Describe the students at your school.

Their idea of social change is updating their iTunes playlist.

Describe the students at your school.

Their idea of social change is updating their iTunes playlist.

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

My advice is to be positively relentless. If you're going to dedicate the next two or four-years to an institution, be certain that it shares your subset of values. You should always try to read the campus newspaper to see for yourself what life there is truly like behind the brochures. Furthermore, do a Google search and see what dirt you can dig up about your prospective college that they aren't telling youn on their Web site. Even though I'd reconsider my choice of Marist today, I don't regret finding friends that made it bearable.

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

Marist is a beautiful school that will help you succeed academically while you experience the college social life. We call i...

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

Marist is a beautiful school that will help you succeed academically while you experience the college social life. We call it the "Harvard on the Hudson."

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

Start looking junior year of high school. If you wait too long, you will get overwhelmed with all the work and research you have to do. Also kids, don't sucuumb to senioritis too quickly. While others stop working, keep your grades up and watch your class rank jump!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone who wants to major in engineering someone who wants a really big school someone who wants the best quality cafeteria food Someone who doesn't like cold winters

Jillian
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

We are best known for recently becoming a popular school and becoming more recognized for our academic standing. Marist Coll...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

We are best known for recently becoming a popular school and becoming more recognized for our academic standing. Marist College looks good on a job application.

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

The best advice I can give is to try and figure out what majors you may be interested in. I know it is hard to know what you what to be at the age of searching for a college, but at least have a feel for a few majors you might like, and make sure the school has all of them. Once I got to my school I realized they didn't have a major I wanted to test out. I ended up staying but comtemplated transfering for a while. Also the size is important. Try to figure out your learning style, if you prefer small class or stadium style classes. This will help you from feeling trapped at a small school or lost at a large one. Once you get to the school you choose it is important to look for friends with the same values as you. You are going to want to find people who are at school to graduate and get a degree too, this way when you need to focus on your work they will let you do it, and hold off on pressuring you to go out.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The lack of diversity and open mindedness in the student body. There isn't a lot of room for individual growth and expression. It feels to me a little like my high school all over again, the people themselves are a little snobby. The school itself and the faculty are wonderful though.

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

The best advice I can think to give students who are choosing a college is to pay attention to the overall atmosphere of the ...

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

The best advice I can think to give students who are choosing a college is to pay attention to the overall atmosphere of the campus. No matter how great the academic programs are at a particular college, a student isn't going to be happy there if the campus atmosphere conflicts with their personality and priorities. For example, a student who is intensely academically focused may not do as well at a school that stresses social and extracurricular involvement on campus because that atmosphere may detract from that student's studies. On the other hand, a student who is a fun-loving, sociable person who loves to be involved in a variety of activities may not do as well on a campus that has a more serious atmosphere and focuses mostly on studying and academics. The college atmosphere also the location of the campus because that will effect the amount of time that students spend on campus. The campus atmosphere was one of the deciding factors in my college decision and two years later, I am completely sure that I found the right college for me.

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

I guess I would say that in my opinion, the lack of diversity in the faculty and the student body is the one of Marist's biggest downfalls. There is very little diversity in race, background, economic status, religion, etc.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who is intensely academically focused and not interested in social or extracurricular involvement on campus may not do well at Marist because of the emphasis on clubs and campus life and because extracurricular involvement is a factor in being able to get good on campus housing.

Jason
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is best known for its educational standard. Every year its harder to get in, but the quality of students and profe...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is best known for its educational standard. Every year its harder to get in, but the quality of students and professors have created a rich learning environment and a reputation that is sweepings through every high school. Our schools consideration for ones education and future has created marist a banner sign for education that is very strong.

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

Choosing a college has not only been an experience that I will never forget. But more importantly an experience that has allowed me to become the person I am today because of the decision I had to make. As a division 1 athlete and and a successful academic student I needed to find a balance. Well not only did I find a match which was both academically sound and athletically superb, but I found a social environment that pushed my career to focus and a social life that kept me involved in college campus activities. I had excellent support from my business professors and fellow students for myself to attain my Stock Broker license while I was still at school. The academics helped me on the test, and the athletics helped me get my mind off it for a while. As a full time broker in the summer and will continue to work from school, this college has given me the flexibility and support to become the person I am today. A division 1 Soccer starter, 4.0 Student, and Stock Broker at JP Turner.

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

That playing a varsity sport is not only incredibly demanding but also in Division 1, trying to work or have other interests are easily pushed below the surface for the best interest of the team. More importantly if you have the determination you can do anything. I studied for 6 months for my stock broker license but I could of started earlier if I realized that its important to get ahead.

Raymond
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall I think Marist is a good value for your money. It's the perfect size, has strong academic programs, brand new facili...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall I think Marist is a good value for your money. It's the perfect size, has strong academic programs, brand new facilities, brand new dorms and a lot of friendly kids. Although there isn't much to do in the Poughkeepsie area as compared to New York City, there is always a lot to do on campus and some areas around it be it comedians, on campus concerts (Lifehouse, Third Eye Blind, and Dashboard Confessional have come here over the years), ski trips, and hiking trips. It has a lot of good school spirit especially when it comes to the basketball games and their high turnout.

Describe the students at your school.

Although Marist has a predominantly white, upper middle class, majority; it's only an issue if you make it an issue since more often than not people are friendly here and open to learning about your culture. Minority percentage is somewhere between 10-15%, which is a little higher than many small private liberal arts colleges. There is also an LGBT club on campus for students who want to get involved with different events like movie and awareness nights. Usually people in sports teams as well as people in different clubs or organizations (be they theater, computer science people, or campus ministry) form tight knit groups of friends though you might likely have friends that may be in two or more of those different groups. Politically speaking, Marist students aren't generally as active as students in other colleges (it's not the protest kind of school) though it there are very lively groups like SEED (environmental group), FOX Paw (animal rights), and Marist College Republicans (there were plans to start a Democrats group as well). As far as political spectrum goes, I've seen students of many different shades (left to right) though many of them tend to be either moderate or generally politically agnostic.

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

One thing I don't like about the school is its ambiguity about its Catholic identity, especially since the administration often either downplays or is somewhat apologetic about the religious heritage of the college in its promotional materials. Legally it's not a Catholic college, but it still has Brothers who live in dorms and work as ministers or counselors; a factor which I don't see as anything to be ashamed of since some of the best schools in the country are both Catholic and welcoming of people of different faiths (Fordham, Georgetown, BC, Notre Dame). On the positive side, there's a good balance between being able to get heavily involved in religious activities if you wish to do so, but also not being bothered by anyone if that's not your thing and having a variety of people from different backgrounds.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academic atmosphere at Marist is incredibly underrated and one of the best things here. I don't think I have a legitimate complaint about any of my professors since you learn a lot even from those you may not totally always like. Since it is a small school, the professors know your name within the first and second week so it creates a more closer and trusting environment (one advantage is that it becomes easier to get an extension on a paper or extra help outside of class). One professor brought us candy for Halloween and even had an end of the semester classroom party with donuts and drink (I don't think I have had this happen since grade school!). In terms of the value of your degree; I really do feel Marist prepares you to get a job after you graduate because we have a really strong career services program as well as the availability of many many different internships that are available for each major (some of my friends are doing IBM, another friend is interning at Rolling Stone magazine; so there's something big you can do with just about any major). The school's proximity to New York City helps it a lot. At the same time, depending on your major, you also have room for interesting electives (such as sailing). None of the classes are stadium/lecture sized, so you always get the kind of high school classroom set up that allows a lot better discussion (many professors also like to set up desks in a circle). It also helps that no classes are taught by graduate students or teacher's assistants.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There is no denying that a lot of students go out drinking on the weekends, but there's a lot of stuff you can do at Marist if that's not your deal (or if at least you're not into doing that all the time). Our biggest organization on campus is Campus Ministry, which is all denominational. Campus Ministry has many sub-groups like Catholic Students association, QUEST (for Mainline Protestants), Jewish Students Group, CCF (Campus Christian Fellowship), and small non-denominational peer discussion groups like Men's Spirituality and Women's Spirituality. Throughout the year, we also have retreats (both denominational and non) across the river at the Marist Brothers' retreat house in Esopus. Our most popular one is the overnight which occurs in the spring and builds a lot of close connections between students. Students within C.M. are generally very spiritual but at the same time unjudgmental. On the weekends or random nights throughout the week when you have nothing to do at 1 am, you may find yourself doing a run to the Palace Diner with your friends and then coming back to your dorm to play video games or watch a movie.

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