Marist College

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Marist College is a private, 4-year school located in Poughkeepsie, NY, in the Hudson River Valley along the east bank. The school was founded in 1905 by the Marist Brothers, a Catholic institute of Brothers to train educators. The 180 acre campus features gothic architecture with sandstone accents. Located adjacent to the Hudson River, the campus includes many quads and green spaces as well as a waterfront park and boathouse. The school campus also includes the 60-acre Col. Oliver Hazard Payne Estate in Esopus, NY, 12 miles north along the Hudson River (on the west bank). The school started admitting women in 1966 (for evening classes), and went fully co-ed in 1968. The school was renovated and modernized with computer technology in 1984 due to a partnership with IBM that continues to this day. Notable alumni include co-founder Timothy G. Brier and political commentator Bill O’Reilly.

Academic Programs

Marist College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers Bachelor’s degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates and Master’s degrees in over 75 fields. The College is comprised of seven schools: School of Communication and the Arts, School of Computer Science and Mathematics, School of Liberal Arts, School of Management, School of Professional Programs, School of Science, and School of Social & Behavioral Sciences. The largest programs on campus are in Business and Communication. Presently, the College offers a limited selection of degrees online. The College also maintains an Italian campus, the Lorenzo de Medici School in Florence as part of a robust Study Abroad program. Per the Mission Statement, “Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” A distinguishing feature of the Marist education is the manner in which information technology is used to support teaching, learning, and scholarship. The College offers students access to advanced technologies to help them develop as lifelong learners and productive members of their communities. Technology resources are combined with flexible and innovative program formats to expand access to higher education for all students.

Student Life

There are over 5,500 undergraduate students enrolled in Marist College, most of whom live on campus among the several residence halls and living communities. On-campus housing is guaranteed for Freshmen and Sophomores. The school sponsors over 90 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the red and white Red Foxes, led by Shooter, field teams in 12 sports and participate in NCAA Division I-AA competition. Each year includes an expansive celebration of Christmas including the Giving Tree (which provides gifts to underprivileged children and families), the Marist Tree (an outdoor Christmas tree featuring 30,000 lights) and wreaths decorating the campus. “The College fulfills its mission by pursuing three ideals: excellence in education, a sense of community, and a commitment to service. These ideals were handed down to us by the Marist Brothers who founded the College. Now an independent institution governed by a lay board of trustees, Marist continues to embrace the three ideals as an integral part of the College mission.”

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