Why choose Marist College?

A comprehensive liberal arts institution located in New York’s scenic Hudson River Valley, Marist College is distinguished by its high-quality faculty, innovative degree programs, and mutual partnership with the multinational IBM Corporation. Founded in 1929, Marist is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best colleges by both U.S. News and The Princeton Review.

Marist’s renowned internship program and close proximity to New York City provide incredible professional experiences in a wide range of national and international corporations, media companies, the fashion industry, and non-profit organizations.

The College’s 4,800 undergraduate students enjoy an interactive learning environment that offers opportunities to conduct research with professors in a variety of disciplines. As a result, Marist alumni have been accepted to top graduate programs, medical and law schools around the world.

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USNWR 2016 Best Regional Universities NorthAACSB accreditationPrinceton Review 2017 381 Best CollegesKiplinger Best Value College 2016

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Marist at a glance:

  • Private liberal arts college
  • Founded in 1929
  • 6,400 students
  • 30+ US states and 40+ countries represented
  • Located in Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Nearest major city: New York City (130 km)
  • Campus setting: suburban – small city

Reasons to love Marist:

  • AACSB-accredited business program
  • 16:1 student-faculty ratio
  • Small class sizes – half have fewer than 20 students
  • Over 80 student organizations
  • 9th Best Regional University (North), U.S. News 2018
  • Named a Best Value College by Kiplinger
  • One of 50 universities named to “Colleges that Create Futures,” for excellence in launching careers, Princeton Review 2017
  • Special research partnership with multinational technology corporation IBM

Student experiences at Marist College

Before I chose a university I made the decision to study fashion. When I did my research, I found Marist College has a great fashion program and a good location near New York City. I have volunteered at New York Fashion Week and even participated in the “Marist in Paris” program during winter break. I learned about French culture and fashion, which is very helpful for my studies and career.

Wentao “Lucas” Song

BPS in Fashion Merchandising

Marist College

Marist College was exactly what I wanted. Coming from Nigeria, and being far away from home, I knew I needed an institution small enough that I would not feel lost. Plus, Marist has amazing opportunities, internship programs, and study abroad programs.

Ebikombo-ere Olodiama

BS in Business Administration — Finance

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I had only been at Marist College for 1 semester when I received a Rising Star Award, recognizing me for my talents and contributions to the Marist Singers. I felt so honored, and that I have a lot to contribute to Marist.

Ayeizoukumo “Divine” Moses

BS in Business Administration — Int’l Business

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I chose Marist College because it is a small school, where students can build close relationships with their professors. The faculty have time to mentor students and are available when they need extra help in their classes.

Inatarima “Tari” Douglas

BA in Communications – Journalism

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University location: Poughkeepsie, New York

Marist College’s Poughkeepsie (puh·KIP·see), New York location places it in the heart of the Hudson Valley, a region of incredible natural beauty. The setting has so inspired landscape painters that it fostered an American art movement, the Hudson River School. The Valley’s charming towns, international art spaces, local farm-to-table restaurants, and outdoor recreation spots make it a top travel destination.

At Marist, students appreciate the close community created by its small campus, and admire the beauty of its Hudson River views. Marist students also take advantage of nearby New York City’s offerings, including the College’s own Marist in Manhattan internship program.

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marist-tour-map Take an online tour of the Marist College campus.

Marist location features:

  • Hudson Valley ranked as a top 20 world travel destination, 2013 National Geographic
  • Only 90 minutes by train to midtown New York City