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Marist College defines balance in most areas: theoretical v. practical, competitive v. relaxed, partying v. studying - no ma...
Marist College defines balance in most areas: theoretical v. practical, competitive v. relaxed, partying v. studying - no matter how you like to spend your time, you will find a group of friendly people at Marist who will love doing the same things - and they'll stay with you for the rest of your life.
Parents and students often enter the college search process with a neatly prioritized list of requirements: size, location, Greek life, housing, academic breadth...the lists can trail on forever. I know because that's how I started my college search process four years ago. With such systematic criteria, many wonder how they'll decide between colleges with differing pros and cons - or if no school fills all their boxes! The answer is simple: you'll feel it when you see the right one. It's impossible to describe that feeling: chills down your spine, the lightbulb flashing on in your mind, whatever you want to call it - everything just clicks. That's why it's so important to visit all or most of the schools to which you've applied; a school that checks off all of your little boxes may just not meld with your personality once you've set foot on campus. So go ahead, make your lists as a starting point - but remember, "the click" will have the final say!
People who are overly sensitive, close-minded, apathetic, boring, and/or lazy should steer clear of Marist!
Marist College is probably one of the most beautiful college campuses in New York. The campus sits right on the scenic Hudson...
Marist College is probably one of the most beautiful college campuses in New York. The campus sits right on the scenic Hudson River, and all of the academic buildings, dormitories, and the library overlook the river. The Hudson River Valley is a beautiful area and I feel so lucky to have been able to live here for the past four years. The town surrounding Marist, Poughkeepsie, is decent. It is very much so centered around the college community, especially with Vassar College and the Culinary Institute of America other Poughkeepsie neighbors. With about 4,000 undergraduate students, the campus size is perfect. By your senior year you recognize people you who had classes with in passing, and you never feel overwhelmed by the number of students. The average class size is about 24 students, and your professors almost always know your name and your typical performance. I feel comfortable in class knowing I am not just a number in a lecture class of 100 students. This allows for better academic performance and more confidence in the classroom. Lastly, I think it's most important to stress the housing available to Marist students. Marist College has some of the best housing available to college students. Upper class students live in recently built townhouses that are large and about half of them offer single bedrooms. They have full kitchens, living rooms, and multiple bathrooms and overall are substantially better than any of the housing available to students at other colleges that I have seen.
A peek inside the best housing option at Marist!
Julie Lavin '09 addresses accepted students for the class of 2013 on April 19, 2009 and shares her own personal Marist experience
Video tour of some academic buildings, the chapel and the library
Video tour of the campus river front and crew boat houses
Brief video of the outside of the library, student center and some dorms
Clip from the biannual production put on by the Marist College Dance Club
Clip from the biannual production put on by the Marist College Dance Club
Students here are typical college students. Most roll out of bed before their 8am classes and throw on a pair of sweatpants and head to class. I wouldn't describe the groups of people who are friendly with one another to be "clicks" because students generally have a wide variety of friends rather than one particular group. You get to know people through your classes, through extracurricular activities, sports, so it's hard to pick out certain groups of students as "the jocks," "the nerds," or "those girls..." Everyone is pretty much accepting of one another and understand we are all coming from different backgrounds. I'd say the majority of students on this campus are liberal to moderate in their political views and generally open to any issue affecting students on this campus.
I have found that neither of these stereotypes about Marist students are true. For one, Marist students are from a variety of areas, but mostly inner city NY, Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, upstate New York, and a few from New Hampshire and Vermont. I have never once considered Marist to lack diversity, and have found through my college years have come to meet some of the most interesting people of my life. While yes, a majority of the students are white, there is certainly a decent representation of African American, Latino, Asian, and multi-racial students who contribute to the diversity at Marist. As far as the "preppy, Catholic, rich kids from New England" this stereotype couldn't be more wrong. While a significant majority of students here at Marist are Catholic, the school is in no way centered around the Catholic faith, and doesn't even have any religious affiliation. To address the preppy, rich student stereotype, I do not think this is entirely accurate. Being preppy is merely a style of dress, and there are just as many preppy students on this campus as their are students who follow other fashion styles. Marist is a private school, so the majority of students are of middle to upper class, but I hardly think that their financial status defines Marist students whatsoever, nor does different financial levels of students separate the student body.
The Marist College library is always busy. I wouldn't say this is because academically the school is overly challenging, but because students genuinely care about their academic performance. Professors encourage students to do well and want to help students do well in their classes and in preparation for life following graduation. I can confidently say that I have not had a professor at Marist that was "bad." All of them were passionate about their subject and enthusiastic towards their students. This learning atmosphere not only encourages students to do well, but allows students to enjoy the academic portion of college. More importantly, professors here are more than helpful when it comes to internship searches and later, finding a job after graduation. WIth a close proximity to New York City, the internship opportunities available to Marist students are incredible and every student should take full advantage of them. Marist professors usually have had a success career at large corporations, like near by IBM, and are willing to set you up with an interview or give you the name of someone to get in contact with. Overall, the professors here encourage students to make the most out of their Marist experience, and all students benefit from this.
Students here know how to have fun, but also realize the importance of doing well in school too. There are fraternities and sororieties, but only about 15% of students are involved, so it's not a big part of Marist life. Marist is division one in MACC conference, so sports like basketball and football are pretty huge on campus. Students almost always go to the games and are actively involved in sports teams, both through the school and intramural sports. On the weekends student typically take a break from the busy week, and sleep or hang out with friends. Weekend nights always offer something to do, and a majority of students go out to a campus party or to a local bar on the weekend nights. There is also a lot to do in the area surrounding the school if you aren't into partying or drinking, with movie theaters, malls, and great restaurants in the area. Marist always sponsors alot of events -- like comedians, and concerts-- for the student body each year.
Most people think that Marist isn't diverse in it's student body and that "everyone looks the same." There is also the Marist College stereotype that the students are "preppy, Catholic, rich kids from New England.'
Marist has a beautiful campus. The teachers and students are great. There is always something to do. I love being a studen...
Marist has a beautiful campus. The teachers and students are great. There is always something to do. I love being a student at Marist and I feel it provides the perfect college experience, exactly what I was looking for.
I love the Marist Student body. There are a lot of people with all different personalities and backgrounds that I am friendly with. There are also a group of students that I have become extremely friendly with. I have made some close friends that I am so grateful for. I have a great time on campus thanks to people that make up Marist's student body.
Although there are students that fit this stereotype, there is also a lot of diversity at Marist. You can find pretty much any type of person or group at Marist.
The class sizes at Marist are perfect. The professors encourage participation in class and definitely learn your name within the first week or two. All the professors make themselves available to help with any troubles you are having. I personally love the Athletic Training department. The professors are great to help with any questions you have about class or your future. My favorite and most interesting class so far was my Intro to Clinical Athletic Training Class which I learned to do all taping techniques.
I am involved with the ambassador program which promotes Marist to others. I don't do this because it looks good, I do this because I want to. I really love Marist and I think it is an excellent school. I love to share my experience with others in a hope that they will make a excellent college decision like I did and so that they will be happy with where they end up. The Marist community, the school as a whole, is more than I could have ever asked for and I love every minute I am at the school. I am also a participant in intramurals; I play volleyball on a team with some of my friends. A lot of people participate in Intramurals; it is a great way to meet new people and have fun with your friends. I am also part of Athletic Training club which I enjoy because it is associated with my major.
A lot of people believe that Marist Students are all preppy catholic students.
Marist truly is the best of both worlds regarding the size of the school. It is small enough to know a lot of people, have sm...
Marist truly is the best of both worlds regarding the size of the school. It is small enough to know a lot of people, have small class sizes, and receive enough attention from the faculty and staff. However, it is big enough to meet new people frequently, and there are Division I sports along with many extracirricular activities. The city of Poughkeepsie may not be the safest, but Marist is on the outskirts and security is more than reliable. The majority of the housing (especially the upperclassmen townhouses) is spacious, clean and aesthetically pleasing. The campus is gorgeous, and the scenic views of the Hudson make the campus picturesque.
As I mentioned earlier, most students are from Long Island or New Jersey. There are also many students from other parts of New York, Connecticut, and the surrounding states. The amount of students from the West Coast has been increasing steadily through the years. The students can seem cliquey, but at the same time everyone is friendly and for the most part all students get along.
Marist is one of the up and coming colleges in the Northeast. (Named one of the "Colleges to Watch.") Admission has become more competitive, and the academic and social innovations continue to make Marist one of the top in the Nation.
Most people think that everyone at Marist is from Long Island or New Jersey. Although those two areas make up a large portion of the student population, there are still plenty of people from all over the country. I have met people from California, Arizona, Washington, and even a few from Hawaii. I feel that even though most of the students are from the Northeast, it is still a fairly geographically diverse campus. Another stereotype is that the students at Marist are all upper-middle class White Catholic Students. This is also somewhat true, because over 80 percent of the students are Caucasian, however, I find Marist to be much more diverse than my high school in Upstate New York.
Professors know your name, most of them take attendance, and the class sizes are almost always less than 25 students. The competitiveness of students ranges from very competitive to not competitive at all. Since it is a College of Arts and Sciences, there are specific "Core Classes" required, but they are all useful in acting as a foundation for future courses. There academic requirements are very reasonable, and for most majors, a minor is feasible. There are incredible internship opportunities locally and in New York City, which is a relatively short distance away. Career Services makes finding a job much easier with the resources and Alumni network. There are also numerous study abroad programs, and a campus in Florence, Italy where several students spend a semester.
Many people consider Marist a Bar School. Greek like exists, but is not as common as it is at other schools. There are parties every weekend, and Tuesdays and Thursdays are also exciting nights. However, College Activities provides many activities on weekdays and weekends such as Movie Events, Comedians, Concerts, and other forms of entertainment. Five times each semester, students are able to attend a Broadway play (ticket, and bus fare) for only twenty-five dollars. There are also sporting events which draw in crowds (some more than others.) There are plenty of social opportunities at Marist for students that enjoy the nightlife, and the students that prefer to stay on campus.
Students at Marist are wealthy, white, Catholic, and from Long Island or New Jersey.
The best thing about Marist is its size. To me, it is perfect. Walking around the campus every day, I see many familiar faces...
The best thing about Marist is its size. To me, it is perfect. Walking around the campus every day, I see many familiar faces, but at the same time, I have the opportunity to meet new people at every function I attend or club I join. It is not a stuffy community where everyone knows everyone, but it is comforting to see familiar faces on a daily basis.
I was afraid to feel out of place at Marist because I don't own designer clothes and take three hours to get ready every day. Of course, the fashion students always look nice going to class, but it's college - students wear anything and everything. Some go in sweats, some go in jeans, some dress up on occasion - but everyone fits in. I never feel judged walking around campus.
I was terribly nervous to go college, but the sense of community, the small class size, and the friendly student population at Marist made it a VERY easy transition for me!
Like every other college campus, of course there is drinking; however, if on a particular night you do not feel like going out, there is ALWAYS something to do. The Student Programming Council and the College Activities office schedule events for what seems like EVERY day of the week! There are constantly comedians, coffeehouses, open mic nights, hypnotists, interesting lectures, bingo, murder mystery dinners, and tons more to do every week... and most of it is free! Food is provided at many of these events as well. They sponsor trips to go into the city on Sundays to see matinee performances of some of the top Broadway shows. The $25 charge covers your ticket AND round trip bus transportation that leaves Marist and drops you off right in front of the theater. The tickets are ALWAYS in orchestra, or first or second row mezzanine. Amazing opportunity. They have ski trips during the winter, as well. Up and down Rt 9, there are tons of restaurants, shopping centers, bowling, movie theaters ($5 a ticket at Roosevelt Cinemas), and more.
On the weekends, Marist students usually go to nearby bars or to on-campus parties. During the basketball and football season...
On the weekends, Marist students usually go to nearby bars or to on-campus parties. During the basketball and football seasons, a lot of students go to games at night with the rest of the student body. Marist brings a lot of on campus events to keep students busy. Every year there is a spring concert on the campus green, this year is Jack’s Mannequin and Matt Nathanson. Marist also brings comedians, shows movies, plays, for students who are looking for something to do. Student Activities runs trips to the mall down route 9 and to Stop and Shop, so if you don’t have a car this comes in handy. They also run Broadway trips to NYC for $25, ski trips to Hunter Mountain, and tickets to the Yankee games. Most students stay on campus during the weekends because there is always something to do and fun to have with your friends.
The best thing about Marist is the people. Everyone here is nice to one another and is friendly to each other. We all have ...
The best thing about Marist is the people. Everyone here is nice to one another and is friendly to each other. We all have a good time together and it is really easy to meet new people. The school is pretty small compared to other campuses, but I think that it is perfect. There are definitely enough people that you can meet someone new everyday and still not know everyone, but few enough people that you see a couple people you know every time you walk to class or go somewhere. At any time of the year, you will see people outside playing Frisbee or just hanging out (obviously more people are outside when it's warm out). The campus green in front of the library is gorgeous and looks over the Hudson River, so I like going there when it's warmer out. A lot of people spend time in each other’s dorms and go to the cafeteria or Cabaret. On the weekends people go out to the bars (there are 18 and over bars) or just hang out with each other in the dorms. The town of Poughkeepsie is not really the best place to walk around, so the only time people really go off campus is to get food, go to the grocery store, go to the mall, or go to bars. A common complaint about Marist is the cafeteria food, but I really don't mind it, I think that it is good. There is not a huge variety, but enough that you don't have to have the same thing every day. I don't think that I could have chosen a better school to go to than Marist, I love it here.
Like I said before, I'm Jewish and I am going to a predominantly Catholic school, so every day I experience a religious difference between myself and others. I have not had any problems here whatsoever because of my religion; I actually find it interesting and I like learning about other people's backgrounds that are different from mine. Even though we are not the most diverse campus, I think that almost everyone is able to find a connection with other people at Marist. When students go to class, most of us are not dressed in lounge wear or our pajamas (part of the reason is because it's so cold and we need to bundle up), but there are some students who do go to class straight from bed, and pretty much everyone does every once in a while. We aren't really dressed to impress, we just wear casual clothes. Most of the students at Marist are from Long Island and New Jersey...I am not one of them, I'm from California!
I love it here at Marist...that's pretty much all there is left to say.
That is not really what the majority of students are at all. I myself am not preppy, I consider myself to be more laid back, relaxed and comfortable. I am from the west coast (California!), and I am Jewish. A lot of the student population is white and Catholic, but Marist is really trying to become more diverse and you can really see that in the past couple of years there has been a huge difference. Right now we are working on making a Hillel (a Jewish college campus organization) here at Marist, and hopefully that will give the campus even more diversity.
Classes at Marist are generally small, so the professors get to know everyone by name. Also, since the classes are so small, it makes it easier to have class discussions and ask the professor questions. Professors are easy to contact and have office hours that you can go to. Depending on what classes you are in really depends on how much work you have. I haven't ever been too stressed or felt overloaded with work, but some of my friends have been in classes that require a lot of their time. My friends and I have had some "intellectual conversations", but they are not the basis of all of our conversations, we just talk about what is going on in each other's lives. I am a fashion merchandising major and I really enjoy the classes offered for fashion majors. The fashion department here is very good; we have classrooms full of computers with everything a fashion merchandiser/designer needs. There are also sewing machines, mannequins, a fabric closet, and a special library full of fashion books/magazines/articles/etc. Marist isn’t just about going to class and reading from a textbook, they really encourage internships, and being so close to the city makes it easy to do so. I think that Marist really helps its students prepare for life after college and getting a job.
The most popular team on campus is definitely girls basketball, the games are fun to go to and are usually packed. I am not involved in any sports, but I am involved with other groups on campus. The dorms are so fun, I live in Champagnat this year and I really like it. The rooms are pretty big and the people are nice. At the beginning of the year, and even now, people leave their doors open and we just go in and out of each other's rooms. So I am really close with a lot of the people on my floor; but my other close friends I met the first couple of days just by sitting at random tables in the cafeteria. A lot of people go out on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays here, but you don't have to go out to have fun. I only go out like once a week, if that, and I still have a lot of fun. Last Friday, for example, a bunch my friends and I just hung out in my room, watched Shrek (we were going to see the musical in the city on Sunday), and just hung out until about 2 or 3 in the morning. Then on Saturday we went over to a house party for a couple hours and just came back to the dorms. The college tries to put on events every Friday and Saturday night so that people have other things to do besides go out to house parties or clubs. Since Poughkeepsie is sort of sketch, the only things people really do off campus are go to the clubs and go to the mall. Marist has mall trips on Fridays and Saturdays that go to the mall and to Stop & Shop; buses leave every hour and you can just leave whenever a bus comes.
A common stereotype about Marist students is that we are all upper class, preppy, white, east coast, Catholic kids.
When I began my college search, I had some ridiculously specific criteria and at first I doubted that a school could even fil...
When I began my college search, I had some ridiculously specific criteria and at first I doubted that a school could even fill all of my needs. Just to give you an idea, this is what they were: 1) Liberal Arts college 2) Close to a big city 3) Fashion Program 4) A classic college campus: Brick buildings, grass, and a football team 5) Small classes I can assure you that Marist is the only college that I found that filled all of those needs and more. I guess the easiest way to say it is if you asked me to design a college, I would design Marist. That is how comfortable I feel here.
The first thing that will strike you about the average Marist student is how polite and friendly everyone is. It seems that no matter how well someone knows a person, even if it is just someone that is in one of their classes, everyone always acknowledges everyone else with a simple "hey" and a smile. While it isn't much, I just think that just shows how outgoing the Marist campus is. Even better, they are polite too! Holding the door is huge here. Even if you are several feet behind someone, more likely than not, they will hold the door for you until you get there. I have yet to see that anywhere else.
I really can't say enough good stuff about Marist. I left Arizona for this school, and I don't regret it for a second. I have met some of the greatest people, I'm having the time of my life, and I feel like the opportunities are endless. That, I think, is what college should feel like.
To an extent it's true, but only to an extent. While you will see plenty of kids wearing polo shirts and other preppy staples, it is not a standard. There are plenty of kids who don't dress that way and I'm sure they feel no need to.
At Marist I feel just the right amount of pressure and confidence when it comes to academics. The course load isn't so light that you wonder why you are coming to college but it isn't so much that you feel completely overwhelmed and like you are never going to be able to catch up.
Marist is huge on planning activities for its students. They organize to have comedians and bands come and perform on campus, a shuttle to run students to the mall almost every weekend, and (my personal favorite) Broadway trips to the city. You can have transportation and your ticket all for the great, college kid friendly price of $25! They are to big name productions and the seats are great. No nosebleed seats. Off campus, there are plenty of night clubs that are VERY popular on the weekends.
I think the general consensus about what the Marist stereotype is would have to be that everyone is really preppy. That we are just a bunch of polo wearing, canvas bag toting preps.
Marist is just the right size. You always see a friendly face wherever you go but it is also not small enough where you feel...
Marist is just the right size. You always see a friendly face wherever you go but it is also not small enough where you feel like you are still in high school. Someone always knows a marist student when you tell them where you go, and they always know what a great school it is. There is no college town which is the only downfall to the school.
A majority of the Marist student body is Catholic. All religions and nationalities are accepted by all though.
No, there is a diverse student body at Marist. While there are people that fit the stereotypes, there are also many that do not.
Professors do get to know your name and make a point of it too. I did notice that attendance became less necessary once my core classes were done because my higher level professors would just make presentations and put them up on ilearn. That was the only downfall I found with Marist's academics.
People go out to bar or house parties 2 or three times a night on average. There are also the occasional party animals that venture out 4 times a week and those who don't go out at all. There is a party for every night of the week if one really wants to go.
Marist students are said to be white, catholic, preppy and rich. The girls are said to tan too much, wear their Northface fleeces and Ugg Boots and whine when they don't get their way.
Marist College has an amazing campus. It's right on the Hudson River, and is just beautiful. The size is just right- not too ...
Marist College has an amazing campus. It's right on the Hudson River, and is just beautiful. The size is just right- not too big and not too small. I love that I can recognize most people on campus, and yet there are plenty of new people to meet all the time. Marist is not a commuter school and so there is a great campus life. There is always something to do and someone to hang out with.
Marist is a diverse school when it comes to culture and religion. There are a lot of different groups that make up the Marist community, and Marist does its best to make everyone feel welcome. No matter who you are, there will be a group of people that you will fit in with.
Marist is such a great school. It's the perfect size, a great campus, and there is always something to do.
There is diversity at Marist, and people come from all over the country to come here.
Classes at Marist are very small compared to most other schools. I love that all my professors know my name. My largest class has 40 people in it, and because of this size you get to know your professors and all your classmates.
Marist has so many activities and clubs. There are club sports and regular clubs for any interest you may have. I am in a sorority and a club that promotes the welfare of animals. There are clubs to suit everyone’s' interests. Athletic events are pretty popular. Football and basketball games are probably the biggest events at Marist, and we just recently got a brand new field and stadium so the games are even better. There is always something to do. There are concerts every year, people go out on the weekends, and you meet friends through classes, your dorm, and the activities that you join.
We are all white from Long Island and very preppy and wealthy.
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