Marist College

Marist College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college, located in the US state of New York, within the Hudson River Valley in the town of Poughkeepsie. Marist's 180-acre main campus overlooks the Hudson River, and is situated along its east banks. Marist has a branch campus in Florence, Italy and maintains study sites in 26 countries.



The Marist Brothers, a Catholic society founded in France by Saint Marcellin Champagnat in 1816, focused on educational work throughout the world. In 1905, members of the order arrived in the Mid-Hudson Valley to establish the first Marist house of studies in the United States. On the east bank of the Hudson River, they purchased property and a house from Thomas McPherson. 


Marist College is now home to approximately 4,900 traditional undergraduate men and women, 1,000 graduate students, and 400 adult students. In 1947, the first graduating class of modern-day Marist College consisted of four Marist Brothers. Today, more than 38,000 alumni and alumnae call Marist alma mater. Marist has a proud tradition that laid the foundation for a state-of-the-art campus for students preparing to enter the work force of the 21st century.


The Office of Institutional Research and Planning facilitates planning and management decision-making by collecting, archiving, analyzing, and reporting consistent and accurate data about the College.

The Office:
  • Collects, prepares, maintains and disseminates College information.
  • Ensures that all state and federal reports are submitted in a timely fashion by establishing and maintaining a reports management system.
  • Supports and integrates college planning efforts at all levels with institutional research, policy analysis, and outcomes assessment.
  • Provides consultation, support and technical assistance to departments and individuals.
  • Master's Programmes

    Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
    Computer Science & IT (1)
    Education & Training (1)
    Medicine & Health (1)
    Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
    Social Sciences (1)


    Student services

    The Marist College Student Government Association is made up of three branches: the Executive Board, the Student Senate, and the Student Judicial Board.

    The President's Cabinet comprises two parts. The first, Operations, is made up of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Public Affairs Officer, Parliamentarian, and Executive Vice President. 

    The Student Senate is elected by the student body and serves as the main legislative body for the MCSGA. 

    The Judicial Board ensures that all endeavors of the Marist College SGA are compliant with the SGA Constitution and bylaws, as well as Marist College Policy. 

    Housing services

    Marist has standard dormitory buildings for all freshman students. There are townhouse and apartment facilities for upperclassmen. Freshman housing consists of four hall-style dormitories: Marian Hall, housing 100 students; Sheahan Hall, housing 140 students; Leo Hall, housing 300 students; and Champagnat Hall, housing over 400 students. Housing is guaranteed for freshmen and sophomores, but not for juniors and seniors. There is enough housing to hold a large portion of the upperclassmen. Townhouses, most of which were built within the last fifteen years, make up all of the housing available for upperclassmen.

    Library services

    The Cannavino Library was completed in 2000 and is the architectural and intellectual center of the campus. It contains materials in a variety of formats including: Over 207,000 volumes, over 30,000 scholarly journals, newspapers and periodicals, and some 5,000 audio-visual items in DVD and other formats.

    Medical services

    Office Location:  Student Center 352

     Our office is staffed by our physician medical director, nurse practitioners and registered nurses.

    To receive medical treatment at Health Services, you must be a full-time undergraduate student.  There is no visit fee for eligible students.

    Student Life

    Campus life

    The main campus, with an area of 180 acres (0.73 km2), is on the east bank of the Hudson River in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York, on US 9 in the historic Hudson Valley. The part of the main campus east of US 9 is called the east campus. In addition to the main campus Marist owns the Payne Estate which has 60 acres (0.24 km2) on the west bank of the Hudson River in the town of Esopus, in Ulster County and a branch campus in Florence Italy. Marist's total landholdings and facilities are worth an estimated $607 million. In 2004, Marist announced its Campus Master Plan, which called for the development of a pedestrian-friendly campus heart, with plenty of open and inviting green spaces for interaction. 

    Sports facilities

    The Marist College Athletics Program serves to support the ideals of Marist College by its commitment to excellence in education and to the pursuit of higher human values through the self-knowledge and personal development that come from participation in athletics activity. The Athletics Program is dedicated to the development of the whole person and the integration of ethical values consistent with the Mission Statement of Marist College.

    The Athletics Program strives to offer Marist students the opportunity to participate in athletics activity at their level of ability and interest - intercollegiate, club, intramural, or recreational. 

    Student clubs

    With over 1000 members The Campus Ministry is the largest of the Marist student organizations and is operated by the Marist Brothers who reside on campus. The Ministry sponsors retreats, community service and spirit building programs while maintaining Marist's Judeo-Christian roots and the heritage of the Marist Brothers. The Ministry strives to foster a culture of faith for the college and the surrounding Poughkeepsie community by building and nourishing hospitality, prayer, service and education.


    The institution as a whole is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It was most recently reaccredited in 2013.

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