Frequently Asked Questions

Applying and Admission

What is required for admission to Marist College?

The application requirements for transfer applicants include:

  • Completed Undergraduate Admission Application, with fee: We accept either the Marist application or the Common application with a Marist supplement.
  • Official transcript(s): from all high schools attended, as well as all colleges attended.
  • Writing sample: a response to one of the essay topics from the application.
  • One Letter of Recommendation.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results: if English is not your primary language.
  • Certificate of Financial Resources form: for non-U.S. citizens.

What are the admission deadlines?

Deadlines for transfer students are preferred deadlines. If you are interested in applying after the deadline, we advise you to call and speak with a counselor prior to submitting your application.

Fall semester June 1 - August 23 (admission is rolling)
Spring semester November 1 - January 10 (admission is rolling)

When are admission decisions mailed?

Once a student's file is complete, we will generally mail a decision within 2 weeks. We begin mailing fall entrance decisions in April and Spring entrance decisions in October.

What are the most important criteria in the admission review process?

The admission committee takes multiple aspects into consideration during the application review process, including your academic preparation and performance, extracurricular and leadership accomplishments, recommendations, essay, standardized tests scores (Marist is now test optional), and interest in Marist.

We understand that transfer students often take different paths prior to coming to Marist. The Committee is sensitive to the many challenges that some of our transfer students face.

Does it matter if I complete my application online or on paper?

The admission committee values online and paper applications exactly the same, so you are encouraged to complete whichever form is easiest for you.

Do I need to submit SAT Subject Tests?

Marist does not require its applicants to submit SAT Subject test results, but if you've already taken any SAT Subject Tests, we encourage you to forward your scores to the Office of Admission.

What if I can't afford the application fee?

If the admission application fee poses a financial hardship on your family, the college will waive it. We accept the College Board Fee Waiver form (available from and completed by your transfer counselor) or a letter written on your behalf on official stationery from someone at your college who can attest to your inability to pay this fee.

Will Marist accept AP or IB credit?

Many students can accelerate their college program by earning advanced standing through AP and IB credit in high school. Please view the lists below of what is required on the exam(s) and how many credits the student will receive. All official test results should be submitted directly to the Registrar Office.

Can you explain how transfer credits are determined?

College courses that you have may be considered for, and if appropriate, awarded transfer credit to Marist College. The courses must be taken at an accredited college or university, and students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in the course. Marist will review the course level and material to determine if it is viable for transfer. Students may transfer in a maximum of 90 college credits.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

How much does Marist cost?

Students often worry that they can't afford a private education, but we put our resources to work to make a Marist education possible for all qualified students.

2013-2014 Tuition and Fees 

Tuition $30,700
Room and Board $13,100
Total: $43,800

Does Marist offer Financial Aid?

Yes! Approximately 90 percent of Marist students receive some form of financial assistance, including scholarships, grants, loans and work opportunities.

Does Marist offer any merit-based scholarships?

Yes! In addition to federal, state, and institutional funding, applicants can be awarded up to $8,000 in merit-based scholarship awards. When you apply for admission to Marist, you are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships; there is no additional application.

What scholarship opportunities are available?

Transfer students may be eligible for the following scholarships:

Alfa Laval /Wencel/Neumann Scholarship: The Alfa Laval/ Wencel Neumann Scholarship in Honor of DeLaval Employees was established to honor former employees of this international corporation, which had a manufacturing facility in Poughkeepsie for many years. It is named for a long-time president of DeLaval and was generously established by Alfa Laval, Inc. The scholarship is available to children and grandchildren of former DeLaval employees or retirees. First consideration is given to transfer students from Dutchess Community College. Financial need is a criterion and this award is renewable.

Charles E. Conklin and Mabel Conklin Scholarship: The Charles E. Conklin and Mabel E. Conklin Scholarship fund has been established at Marist College by two prominent members of the local community. The Charles E. Conklin and Mabel E. Conklin Scholarship will be awarded to graduates of Dutchess Community College who transfer to Marist to complete their undergraduate degrees. Preference will be given to recipients of The Charles E. and Mabel E. Conklin Scholarship for Academic Excellence at Dutchess Community College. This award is renewable.

John M. and Patrice M. Cianci Scholarship: The John M. and Patrice M. Cianci Scholarship has been established at Marist College by the Cianci family and members of the IBM community. It will provide financial assistance to traditional age Hudson Valley students who transfer to Marist to pursue an undergraduate degree in Communications. This scholarship will be renewed for one additional year provided the recipient still qualifies academically. This award is renewable for one year.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship: The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is awarded to a son or daughter of a Marist graduate who has shown outstanding academic and leadership qualities throughout his or her high school career and possesses the potential to succeed at Marist College. The annual award is offered to an incoming freshman or transfer student at the start of his/her fall semester and is renewable based on consideration by the Scholarship Committee. The application deadline for this particular scholarship varies each year (within the month of June). A committee comprised of several members of the Alumni Association Executive Board, one admissions counselor, and the Executive Director of Alumni Relations will review the applications in July and select the recipient. For additional information and the application form, please contact the Alumni Office at (845)575-3283.

William Randolph Hearst Scholarship: The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship has been established at Marist College by The Hearst Foundations to benefit students from underrepresented populations. Scholarship will be awarded by the Admission Office to incoming first-year or transfer African-American or Latino students with financial need, leadership potential, and the promise for academic success. Marist College is committed to supporting the goals of the Hearst Scholarship and will use its own resources to renew this one-time award for up to three additional years for awardees who remain in good standing.

Transfer students are also eligible for the Liberty Partnership and Upward Bound awards which provide up to 50% of tuition costs. Please contact Student Financial Services for more information. 

Additionally, newly enrolled transfer students who receive the full tuition scholarship from Army ROTC will receive a full room and board scholarship from Marist College. Newly enrolled students at Marist College that are active participants in Army ROTC but are not Army ROTC Scholarship recipients will receive a $2,000 scholarship from Marist College.

How do I apply for need-based financial aid?

You are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for financial assistance.