Impressions Of
Marist College

Academic Experience

Female Fashion Design Major C/O 2019

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
There’s so much work. I mean it only gets harder from freshman year. Freshman year was more of the basic courses. Since then it’s gotten a lot harder. Of course, if you’re passionate about it, you can find a way to get it done, but it’s very time-consuming. I will pull all-nighters or stay up till 3AM during the week and on the weekends as well. I will have drawing classes, digital fashion design classes using the Adobe programs, I took a portfolio class, different levels of sewing classes, I took a tailoring class last semester which is the most intense class I’ve ever had, and I’m going into my senior year collection which is going to be a lot of work. Senior year is mostly about making a portfolio. We draw and make creative samples in the first half of the semester and then make the collection come to life in the second half of the semester. It’s different than Merchandising because the Merchandising majors will have retailing, branding, and licensing and some other classes like that. I took a few of those classes for my minor.

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or especially poorly?
I definitely am a bigger fan of the drawing and designing aspect just because of how time-consuming and hard sewing can be. I especially did not like tailoring because you have to use a certain technique, and if not you have to start over. I remember doing three hours of handwork and then having to redo it, which was really sad [laughs]. For me, I think I’m more of a fan of the drawing aspect and coming up with digital prints. But, of course, you need both to succeed.

Male History and Adolescence Education Double Major C/O 2019

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
For Education classes, you have to come up with a lesson plan, each time using different strategies within your lesson to teach the class. You have to make sure that everyone is engaged as you teach your lesson to your peers in your education class. You’re also required to have a certain amount of fieldwork hours in high school and middle school classes tutoring and observing. For History courses, there are a lot of readings, a lot of class discussions, and a lot of papers.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
It’s definitely a very positive learning environment. There’s never really been a time that I’ve been in a classroom where I feel scared to voice my opinion or have been put down by a teacher. Marist classes are very inclusive, very open-minded, and very professional.

Male Biomedical Sciences Major C/O 2019

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
It’s really, really difficult when you’re a freshman getting used to doing that much work, especially going in from high school. But, if you really enjoy it and stick with it, you can find some time to have fun and do your work too. Freshman year is a lot of problem sets and online homework assignments. As you go into sophomore year and junior year, there’s homework that’s not required. But, if you don’t do it, you’re not going to do well.

Can you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I’d say it’s a lot more collaborative than competitive. If you’re pre-med or going to be a graduate student just because it’s such a small pool of students you don’t need to fight to be on top. [About 11% of students are in the School of Science.]

Social Opportunities

Female Fashion Design Major C/O 2019

What have been some of your favorite times at Marist?
I don’t think I have too many specific moments. I guess going out with my friends was a lot of fun. I also really enjoy going to sports games. Marist isn’t the biggest with sports, at least for the people who go there, but I always enjoy football games and hockey games. My friends and I get all decked out in Marist gear and it’s a lot of fun. Then, for me personally, going to the fashion show was a lot of fun. Freshmen through junior year you have to work backstage but next year I’ll actually get to watch the show because all my designs will be in it.

How happy were you with the nightlife? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I personally am very happy with it. It’d be cooler if there was a larger selection of bar choices, but I still have a good time regardless. I think it also depends on the person because if you’re not someone who wants to be at a small school or isn’t that big into bars, then Marist isn’t for them. My friends and I have had a great time since freshman year.

Male History and Adolescence Education Double Major C/O 2019

What is the impact of Greek life on nightlife?
There’s not huge Greek life at Marist, so the few fraternities there are don’t have very big parties. At the beginning of freshman year, you find yourself going to some of the fraternities’ parties but within a month you realize that most people just go to the bars anyway. [About 6% of students are involved in Greek life.]

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
Personally, I go out Thursday, Friday, and sometimes Saturday. The nightlife at Marist is mostly bars. Pretty much every weekend people just go to the same bars. Depending on the bar, the wait outside can be really long. Everybody loves Friday night because we all go to Darby’s, which is a rundown, college town bar. In general, it’s pretty fun here. I like it.

Male Biomedical Sciences Major C/O 2019

What have been your favorite times at Marist?
Marist is well known for having certain college-wide parties. In the fall there’s Jock Jam, which is kind of like a big homecoming party, and then in the spring they’re well known for the Catalina Wine Mixer, which is a giant party where people dress up.

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
Marist is basically just a bar school, but there are parties sometimes. I think it really depends on the year because some years there has been a lot of parties and some years there hasn’t been, but there is a really consistent bar scene. Personally, I usually go out on Fridays, but people do Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, each with a specific bar that everyone goes to. It’s kind of a pain because sometimes the lines are just ridiculous because a lot of local people will go out too.

Campus Culture

Female Fashion Design Major C/O 2019

How did you meet your closest friends?
My friends actually lived next door to me freshman year. There were two girls who were roommates, my roommate, our next-door neighbors on the other side, and then one girl from the floor below us, and we’d all hang out all the time. I know that friend groups change all the time from freshman year but ours never did, which is something that’s really nice.

How would you describe the social scene?
It’s a pretty decent social scene. Because it’s not that big of a school, you’ll always see people you know. But, at the same time, there will always be people you’ve never met before. It’s a nice mix of people you knowing people and being able to say hi to people that you know from class, and also meeting a lot of new people.

Male History and Adolescence Education Double Major C/O 2019

How did you meet your closest friends?
My closest friend is my roommate from freshman year. We were matched randomly because at Marist you can’t pick your roommate freshman year, they just randomly assign you based on a roommate survey you fill out during orientation. We randomly matched together and we have worked and lived together really well. Our other best friend was the same major as my roommate and they met in class. We also met other guys who lived on our same floor freshman year. I met a girl who was in my group during orientation and I reconnected with her at the bar one of the first weeks of school so her friends became friends with my friends.

How would you describe the overall social scene at Marist?
It is very welcoming and not very cliquey. Everyone pretty much gets along. I pretty much fit in with the jocks, the guys in frats, the girls in sororities, people who just want to study and don’t really go out. I get along with everyone, so, based on my experience, I think that everyone’s very open at Marist. Most people come for the same type of social class, the middle to upper-middle class, so we all pretty much grew up the same. There’s a lot of people from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey. Everyone’s had a similar upbringing so a lot of people get along. [About 49% of the Class of 2022 is from New York and 21% is from New Jersey. Socioeconomically, 46% of students come from the top 10%.]

Male Biomedical Sciences Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the social scene?
If you want to know everyone, you can know everyone. But if you don’t want to meet anyone, that’s also pretty easy. It’s not really that cliquey, but obviously there are friend groups.

How would you describe the student body?
A lot of really white preppy kids. That’s really the way everyone is here. It’s a really preppy school.

Poughkeepsie, NY

Pros of

  • “It’s about two hours north of New York City, so you can take a day trip to the city on the train.”
  • “It’s right on the Hudson River.”
  • “There’s a train station really close to campus that will take you to Grand Central Station in Manhattan in about an hour and forty-five minutes, so it’s pretty easy to get to the city.”

Cons of

  • “It’s kind of a gross city. It’s not the best place on earth, but at least Marist is isolated from it.”
  • “It gets pretty cold up there in the winter so if you don’t like the cold weather it’s not that great.”
  • “Poughkeepsie definitely isn’t the safest area. There are some areas you don’t want to be in, especially at night.”
  • “There isn’t much to do, in that Marist is in a random area of Poughkeepsie. Yeah, there’s a few delis and gas stations we can walk to, but there’s not much compared to a city school where you can walk to so much.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female Business Administration Major C/O 2019

What is something you wish you knew about Marist before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew about the nightlife more than I did before going to Marist. Because Marist is primarily a bar school and there are no house parties at all, I wish I could have gone somewhere else that had more of an on-campus nightlife instead of having to go to the bars.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
One of the main ones is you can go all the way down to the river and there is the boathouse and a dock. It’s really pretty down there. If you go down there at the right time the sunsets are beautiful.

Female Fashion Design Major C/O 2019

What is something you wish you knew about Marist before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew more about the fashion design program. I was familiar with it going in, but not too familiar. I wish I knew more about what the work is like and the classes I would be taking. I’m happy with how things have gone and how I’ve planned my schedule.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The scenery. Or, if you have a specific department you’re interested in, look more into that. When I visited campus, I got a tour of the fashion department. When I did the campus tour, I didn’t feel like I got a tour of the full Marist campus, like I didn’t see the upperclassmen housing. Also, depending on how far away you are, watching the sunset on the Hudson is one of the most beautiful things. You can walk down the hill towards the river, there’s a gazebo, and people will sit along the rock wall to watch it.

Male History and Adolescence Education Double Major C/O 2019

What is something you wish you knew about Marist before entering as a freshman?
One thing I wish I knew that I didn’t like as a freshman is there is only one dining hall and you have an unlimited meal plan as a freshman. After a while, you get really tired of the food. There aren’t that many eateries on campus and the dining hall is closed by 9PM, so if you wanted to eat after 9PM you’d have to go off campus. I wish I knew I’d have to walk other places to get food or I would’ve saved up more money to eat out more just because I didn’t like the dining hall that much.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
If you can, try to spend a night there and experience the nightlife because that can make or break a school for a student. I’ve made some of my best friends hanging out at the bar, so I think that helps. College is also a social experience and you learn a lot from the social experiences and friends you make.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Marist College

To Attend

  • “Depending on your major, it has a really high job placement rate.” [In the Class of 2017, about 98% are employed or attending graduate school.]
  • “The class size is really helpful. Most of my classes have around 25 students, and the upper-level class sizes are 10-15 students. I like that we get one on one time with professors and can build those relationships because I’ve been able to get extensions on deadlines and get into classes that were full because I knew the professor.” [Average class size is 18-26 students.]
  • “You don’t need to be in Greek life to fit in because the majority of people are not in Greek life, but if you are interested in it they have a few fraternities and sororities that will give you that experience.”

To Not Attend

  • “Poughkeepsie isn’t the safest place ever, but you know, you’re not hanging out in these bad neighborhoods at night. Just make good choices and you’re fine.” [The violent crime rate in Poughkeepsie is 84% higher than the national average while the property crime rate is 15% lower than the national average.]
  • “It’s not the most diverse campus.” [About 76% of the Class of 2022 is White.]
  • “Some people at Marist can be snobby, so sometimes it’s not the scene for people.” [Socioeconomically, 27% of people come from the top 5%.]
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