A Welcome from President Dennis J. Murray

Dennis J. Murray

Over the past 37 years I have been privileged to serve as president of Marist, I have witnessed how the college has grown from a local institution to one with an international reputation for excellence. In recent years, we have received many external affirmations of what everyone on this campus already knows - Marist is a great place to live, learn and work.

The Princeton Review named Marist one of the best 377 colleges in the country, and our School of Management one of the top 290 business schools in the world. Forbes and The Princeton Review call Marist one of the "25 most connected campuses" in America. U.S. News & World Report consistently places Marist in its top tier. Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine and Barron's call us one of the nation's best buys in college education. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine selected Marist for its list of the 100 most wired campuses in the nation. The John Templeton Foundation placed us on its elite honor roll of only 100 academic institutions noted for teaching character development. Careers and Colleges magazine picked Marist as one of 14 "schools that rule," providing "strong academic programs, terrific professors, a vibrant student life, (and) other opportunities for personal development." In 2007, when ABC's Good Morning America wanted to highlight some of the best college housing in the country, the show broadcast from Marist.

The best affirmation of who we are and what we do comes from our current students and our alumni. There is a strong sense of community on the Marist campus, a feeling that was fostered from our early years by our founders, the Marist Brothers. Small classes mean you get to know your professors and they get to know you. You're not a student ID number; you're a person, learning from faculty who are the best minds and practitioners in their fields. You will make lifelong friends at Marist and have fun while you learn.

You'll be given opportunities that exist at no other campus in America. Talk to our alumni who participated as Marist students in the historic summit between Presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park in 1995. Ask the Marist Singers what it was like to sing before 250,000 people, including the Pope, in Saint Peter's Square. Listen to the excitement in the voice of Damian Bednarz, who graduated in 2004, as he tells a reporter from National Public Radio about his experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Poland. Speak with a member of our women's basketball team about the excitement of advancing to the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen, or with our crew teams about what it was like to row in the Henley Royal Regatta in England, defeating the top teams in the world.

Above all, come visit Marist. We are located in one of the most magnificent locations in America, a scenic stretch of the Hudson River that has played and continues to play a vital role in the history, culture and economy of our country. I enjoy watching prospective students and their families tour our grounds and facilities - from the view up the Hudson to our magnificent James A. Cannavino Library, they are impressed by what they see. More importantly, they are impressed by who we are and what we do.

Thank you for your virtual visit to Marist. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus and to your participation as a member of the Marist family.

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