Marist College Top Questions

Describe the students at your school.

Jamie

At Marist, everyone is kind, funny, and fun-loving.

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Sarah

The Marist stereotype is "long island rich kids" and japs. That's exactly what it is. Many will tell you that Marist is a preppy school, not at all. 65%-70% of kids here are trashy...and they are clearly loaded with money. They're mostly self absorbed and competitive, maybe it's because it's freshman year, but the majority of the student body is immature. Welcome to college

Megan

Most of them are really just air heads who have been spoiled and sheltered their whole lives. Hearing them speak can be painful. Not all of them are like this though. A lot of kids I met are extremely nice, intelligent, and willing to help. I've met some really great people in class.

Kellie

My classmates are helpful and supportive. If I miss a class, they are very quick to report what went on in class and give notes that I missed. My classmates are important to me in order to succeed in each class.

Timothy

My classmates are kind, helpful, friendly and fun.

Gene

Every year I returned, I noticed the situation of its gay and lesbian students slightly improved. Sadly, a similar statement could not be made for its community of non-theists. http://quidprojoes.blogspot.com/2009/12/happenstances.html

Catherine

My classmates are intelligent intellectuals who challenge ideas and think boldy.

Keon

My classmates are very nice, loving, friendly and willing to help others.

Erik

For the most part, they are hard working science lovers!

jamie

There is a club for everyone. you can get involved in dance, theater, radio, Marist TV, business club, intramurals. Anything you want to do here, you can. If there isn't a club for it, you can start one. The students here mostly come from the tri-state area, however, many athletes come from all over like Florida and California. Most students are white and middle class though there is a prevalent group of minority students. We have a Black Student Union and ARCO (Appreciating Race and Creating Opportunities). Marist also has a lot of students from India here as an exchange program.

Patryk

My classmate is always there, when I miss a day and need to make up notes.

Danielle

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.

Alyssa

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.

Kelly

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.

Taylor

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!

Becca

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.

Chris

A majority of the Marist student body is Catholic. All religions and nationalities are accepted by all though.

Katie

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.

Chrissy

Although many students hang out in groups often, this does not mean there are any cliques at Marist. Often a single student can hang out with a wide variety of people. In the cafeteria, students may jump from table to table in order to talk with all their different friends.

Andrew

Marist has such a diverse amount of students. The majority of people hail from New Jersey and Long Island but there are a ton of kids from all over the country. I myself and one of a handful of people from the first (and best!) state, DE

Parker

There are SO many student organizations that you can become a part of at Marist. Political, religious, LGBT, ethnic, you name it we have them. Most people here are very friendly and you learn that there is more diversity than meets the eye. Most students are from New York.

Kelly

Most students at Marist are from the Northeast (New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island, Albany area).

Jen

School spirit is fairly decent, but it can get better. Everyone does participate in some team or club though. There are so many clubs you can join it's inevitable to be a loner here. There are definitely more caucasian students than hispanics, african-americans, asians, etc. but the numbers are growing in the latter groups. There are also more girls than guys.

Ryan

Marist's student body is very diverse and VERY friendly (but not in a creepy, hippy kind of way) All of the students are very normal kids with the same kinds of likes and dislikes. Wouldn't change a thing about the student body.

Brandon

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.

Dany

They are all there to learn.

Matthew

Often culturally distracted

John

Rich, preppy, athletic students whose parents pay for them to go college and look good in a northface.

Nicholas

The student populus, as a whole, is very conforming. Students seldom think outside of the box and can easily be persuaded with almost any argument.

Courtney

My classmates at Marist college are White and from upper middle class homes. Most are academically focused and career oriented but also enjoy having fun, going out to bars and relaxing and drinking on the weekend

Danielle

Typical college students that go out on the weekends but make sure they get their work done as well.

Susie

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.

Jackie

18-22 year-olds who are out-going

Joseph

Their idea of social change is updating their iTunes playlist.

Raymond

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.

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