Marist College: Narrative Description

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3399 North Rd.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1387
Tel: (845)575-3000
Free: 800-436-5483
Admissions: (845)575-3226
Fax: (845)471-6213
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1929. Setting: 150-acre small town campus with easy access to Albany and New York City. Endowment: $17.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $638,561. Educational spending 2003-04: $7085 per student. Total enrollment: 5,646. Faculty: 596 (199 full-time, 397 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 7,034 applied, 49% were admitted. 24% from top 10% of their high school class, 64% from top quarter, 94% from top half. 4 National Merit Scholars, 13 class presidents, 2 valedictorians, 32 student government officers. Full-time: 4,273 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 527 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 19 other countries, 39% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 4% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 13% 25 or older, 75% live on campus. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Associated Colleges of the Mid-Hudson Area. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 3/15, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. One-time mandatory fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $30,233 includes full-time tuition ($20,535), mandatory fees ($480), and college room and board ($9218). College room only: $5890. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $463 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $65 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 75 open to all; national fraternities, local sororities; 2% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Outback Club, student newspaper, student government, Theater Club, community service and campus ministry. Major annual events: Giving Tree, Homecoming, River Festival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, night residence hall monitors. 2,700 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. James A. Cannavino Library with 176,347 books, 251,683 microform titles, 13,826 serials, 4,940 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. 585 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Vassar College.

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