Marist College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree and certificate programs to make an informed education decision.

About Marist College

Marist College is a private, not-for-profit school that was originally founded in the Hudson River Valley as a seminary in 1929. The Princeton Review included Marist in its 2013 list of the best colleges in the Northeast. The school was also ranked number eight on U.S. News & World Report's 2013 listing of best regional universities in the North.


Marist offers almost 80 programs through seven schools, including schools of science, liberal arts, and management. It awards bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and certificates. Some programs and courses are offered online, and an honors program provides participants with special lecture and field trip opportunities.

The college features a campus in Florence, Italy, as well as other study abroad programs. It also offers an art gallery, and students may avail themselves of over 80 student organizations and clubs. The library at Marist College is a $25 million complex offering state-of-the-art technology and more than 240,000 volumes.


In 2011, Marist admitted 34% of prospective undergraduates, and 31% of these enrolled. Undergraduate applicants must complete either the Common Application or a Marist application. Applicants must also provide official transcripts, a writing sample, and two letters of recommendation, one each from a teacher and a counselor. Qualifying scores on both Advanced Placement (AP) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests may be accepted for credit. Graduate students apply using a central application, but they may need to provide program-specific materials.

Over half (52%) of undergraduates are from New York. The undergraduate student body includes 44% White, 4% Hispanic/Latino, 2% Black or African American, and 1% Asian students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition and fees at Marist were $30,090 per year for freshmen in 2012-13. Room and board were $12,600 in addition. An interest-free payment plan is available, as are undergraduate scholarship opportunities. Graduate tuition varies by program; graduate assistantship opportunities are available through individual departments.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Undergraduate and graduate certificates, bachelor's, and master's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 5,442 undergraduates; 861 graduates in 2011*
Student Housing Four freshman residence halls; nine other locations (suite halls, apartments and townhouses) for non-freshman students**
Schools and Programs Seven schools; almost 80 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: General Business Administration and Management (232)
Master's: Public Administration (97)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
69% in 4 years
80% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 31.3% in 2012**
Entering Class Size Over 1,100 in 2012**
First-Year Retention Rates 92% of full-time students*
Application Due Date February 1 for regular decision**
Decision Notification Date April 1 for regular decision**
Tuition Approximately $30,090 in 2012-13 (includes fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Grant or scholarship aid (84%), Pell grants (18%), federal student loans (61%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 85% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-11*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **Marist College

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admission, Marist College, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Phone: (845) 575-3226
  • Website:

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