Liberal Studies Major Frequently Asked Questions

Information on the Liberal Studies Undergraduate Degree Program

How do I get started?
Fill out the Marist application for admissions and submit to Undergraduate Admission along with sealed official college transcripts and $50.00 (non-refundable) application fee. You will also need to submit a current resume and 750 word personal essay.
We will send you a transcript evaluation at which point you make an appointment to register with an academic advisor.

What if I do not have transcripts?
You can contact your previous institutions and request your transcripts be sent to Marist or you can fill out our Transcript Request Form and send it to your previous college(s). They will, in turn, send the transcripts directly to Marist.

What should the personal essay include?
Your essay is used as a writing sample for admission. Students can choose a topic of their choice or provide information about themselves and their work and college background, what traits and characteristics they possess and how that could be applied as a Liberal Studies major, and finally what their future goals are after graduation.

Is there campus housing for adult undergraduate students?
No, campus housing is not available for students over the age of 22. However, off campus housing listings are available in our Residence Life Office.

What is the tuition for adult undergraduate students?
The current rate is $575 per credit for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Is financial assistance available?
Need-based financial assistance is available for matriculated students enrolled in at least six credits in the form of loans and scholarships. For consideration, students must complete the FAFSA  (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.gov. For specific questions concerning financial aid, you may visit the Office of Student Financial Services or call (845) 575-3230. You can also download the latest version of Marist's Affordability Guide which provides useful information about financial aid, grants, scholarships, loan programs, and more.

Are there scholarships available?
Yes.
Adult Learner Grant - Awarded upon acceptance students enrolling full or part-time. Awards range from $750 - $1500 per semester. Students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and 60 transfer credits.
The Marist Scholarship for Academic Excellence - Awarded upon acceptance to students enrolling full-time (12 credits or more). Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and 60 transferable credits. Awards may be upwards of $2500 per semester.

How many credits and courses are required to complete the BA / BS in Liberal Studies degree?
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Marist to earn an undergraduate degree. Credits and course requirements are based on each individual student's academic background.  Students can set their own pace to meet personal and professional goals.  The Liberal Studies Major can be completed in various ways.  Contact the admission advisor to create a customized degree plan.

How are the courses formatted?
Courses at Marist are designed to fit the unique needs of our students. Marist offers both part-time and full-time course loads as well as on-ground and online formats. Classes are offered in the 15-week format during the day, evening, and on online; accelerated 10-week courses online; and 6-week  hybrid cohort at the Fishkill Executive Center.

How do I obtain my books if I am completing an online program or course?
Textbooks can be ordered online and shipped through the Marist College Bookstore.

Are there standardized tests required?
Standardized tests are not required for admission.

What is the application deadline for admission?
The preferred application deadlines are:
Fall: Aug. 1
Spring/January: Nov. 1
Spring/ March: Feb. 1

Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Can I meet with an Admission Advisor?
Yes. One-on-one advisement is available every day. You can request an appointment by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 845-575-3800. You can email an advisor at adulted@marist.edu or send an Instant Message on AIM to Marist1on1.

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