Marist Welcomes a Diverse Group of Freshmen From 30 States and Territories and 30 Countries

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (August 31, 2017) – On Saturday, August 26, Marist College welcomed a diverse group of 1,304 freshman and 177 transfer students to campus for the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year, followed the next day by returning upper class students. Classes began on Monday, August 28.   

Students from underrepresented groups represent 21 percent of Marist’s incoming freshman class, reflecting the College’s strong commitment to admitting a diverse student body. The Class of 2021 is geographically diverse as well, with 58 percent of students coming from outside New York -- from states as far away as Hawaii and California and countries including Thailand, Finland, and Tanzania, among others. In all, students representing 30 states and territories, and 30 countries make up Marist’s freshman class. 

More than 90 percent of students will be housed on campus, while 67 freshmen will be commuters. In addition, 50 students will spend their first year at Marist’s branch campus in Italy as part of the Freshman Florence Experience. Marist is the only U.S. college or university to offer a full four-year bachelor’s degree in Florence. This year, nearly 400 Marist students will study there. 

President David Yellen, who is beginning his second academic year at the College, will welcome the freshmen on Saturday afternoon in the McCann Recreation Center, addressing the students and continuing his tradition of snapping a selfie with first-year students. “We are thrilled to welcome another group of talented and diverse students to the Marist community. The College is fortunate to attract the best and the brightest, and we look forward to helping them develop the intellect, character, and skills required to succeed in today’s complex society.” 

The school has arranged for a fun move-in experience with a series of events over the weekend and throughout the week, including activities to help new students get acquainted with the campus, their classmates, and their new home in the Hudson River Valley. 

Welcome Week activities for new students continue through Saturday, September 2. For a complete list of events, visit the Marist Welcome Week website.