Marist College offers students the power of a global university with the personal touch of a leading liberal arts college. Founded in 1929, Marist's 210-acre campus overlooks the Hudson River in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, midway between New York City and Albany, the state capital. Marist also has a campus in Florence, Italy, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as study abroad opportunities. When you have questions, would like additional information, or want to schedule a campus visit, please contact us at your convenience. The Marist admission staff is here to help you at any time.

Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Computer Science

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • Night Class Offerings
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver
  • Community Service

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Students interested in applying to Marist College typically rank in the top half of their graduating class and hold a recalculated average of 3.3 or better. The quality and difficulty level of each class is taken into account as well. Leadership qualities and high school activities are also important. Marist places the greatest emphasis on the high school transcript. SAT/ACT scores are not required. However, for applicants who choose to submit them, Marist will accept official or self-reported scores. Average scores are usually between 1200-1340 SAT/ 26-30 ACT.


The admission committee takes multiple aspects into consideration during the application review process, including your academic preparation and performance, extracurricular and leadership accomplishments, recommendations, essay, standardized tests scores (Marist is test optional), and interest in Marist. For applicants who submit SAT/ACT scores, the College will accept official or self-reported scores. We understand that transfer students often take different paths prior to coming to Marist. The Committee is sensitive to the many challenges that some of our transfer students face.

Additional Information

Visitors to campus are always struck by Marist's strong sense of community, which manifests itself in ways large and small: The way people interact with and support each other; The way the community rallies around someone in need. It’s a place where students are both actively involved and supported, and their engagement in student life makes Marist a better, more vibrant institution. There are scores of student clubs; an active student government; exciting Division I athletics, intramurals, and club sports; and first-rate opportunities in music and the arts. That sense of community is also enhanced by our spectacular campus on the shores of the Hudson River (as well as our additional locations in the historic center of Florence, Italy. Mindful of their role in the global community, approximately 50 percent of our undergraduate students study abroad, and we also encourage students to get involved in community service – not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s also excellent preparation for life. At Marist, we believe the best type of education is one which readies students for success after college, and for that reason, we're a fantastic place to live and learn.

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Visit us

We offer visits regularly throughout the year and welcome you to come see our beautiful campus on the banks of the Hudson River for yourself. Our general information session and tour gives you the best overview of the campus and is our most popular visit program. The Admission Office is open for visitors 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday throughout the academic year. Summer hours (May 28-August 16) are 8 am - 4:30 pm Monday-Thursday and 8 am - 4 pm on Friday. An online virtual campus tour is available on the Marist website.

Everything I hoped to find in a college when I was in high school… I found at Marist. Research and mentorship opportunities from top faculty, connections with alumni for the job-hunt, and most importantly: a campus that feels like home.

Spencer Hogan, Honors Program, Economics/Finance double major, History minor, Class of 2020
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School location

3399 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, United States of America

Phone number

(845) 575-3226