Prospective Students

Learning Disabilities Support Program

Program Eligibility

Applicants to the Learning Disabilities Support Program should possess the following:

  • A documented learning disability /ADD/ADHD
  • Aptitude solidly in the average range
  • A college preparatory course of study
  • A commitment to work with a Learning Specialist

Admission to Marist

Students wishing to participate in the Learning Disabilities Support Program must apply to Marist College by submitting a regular application to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. In addition, a separate Application for the Learning Disabilities Support Program must be completed. You can obtain this application from the Office of Special Services at (845) 575-3274 or by clicking on the link below.

Early Decision I

Marist offers two binding Early Decision options in which candidates are limited to Marist as their sole choice. Marist’s Early Decision 1 deadline is November 15. Notifications will be mailed mid-December. Accepted candidates are required to submit a non-refundable deposit by February 15.

Early Action

Marist also offers a flexible Early Action option. Students who wish to find out early but are not ready to commit can apply Early Action. The deadline for this program is November 15, and notification are mailed by mid-January. Accepted students will have until May 1 to submit a deposit. The deposit is non-refundable after May 1.

Early Decision II

The second binding Early Decision option is Early Decision II. Early Decision II applications must be completed by February 1. Notifications will still be mailed mid-February. Accepted candidates are required to submit a non-refundable deposit by March 1.

Regular Decision

The last deadline for freshman applicants is Regular Decision. Applications must be received by February 1. Notifications are mailed by mid-March. Students who are accepted through regular decision have until May 31 to attend Marist and submit their enrollment deposit. The deposit is non-refundable after May 1.

Steps From Application to Decision

The applicant must complete both the Learning Disabilities Support Program Application and Marist application for general admission.

All applicants must submit the following directly to the Office of Special Services by the appropriate application deadline:

  • Results of psychological evaluation (WAIS or WISC) recent within 3 years, to include a diagnosis, subtest scores, narrative/history, recommendations for accommodations;
  • Educational evaluation that provides current levels of achievement in math, reading and written expression
  • Most recent IEP/504 plan if available
  • Two letters of recommendation by teachers, tutors (someone who is familiar with your learning style)
  • SAT or ACT scores are required and a copy of your scores should be included with your application
  • An unofficial high school transcript which shows enrollment in a college preparatory course of study
  • An essay as specified on the Learning Disabilities Support Program Application
  • The Application fee of $25

The applicant must submit to the Marist Admissions Office by the appropriate deadline:

When both sets of information have been received in their respective offices, the entire application will be reviewed in the Office of Special Services.

After applications have been reviewed, those most qualified and suited to the Program will be invited to interview.

Applicants should be aware that admission to this Program is competitive, and that only a limited number of spaces are available each year. There are a limited number of spaces each year. As a result, many qualified applicants, out of necessity, may be wait listed.

L.D. Support Program ApplicationPDF

Acceptance To the Program

Each year a select group of seriously motivated students are chosen to participate in our Program. Choosing among the numerous applicants is always difficult. Those who gain acceptance clearly demonstrate not only a need for the service, but also the determination, skill and maturity required to manage the demands of college. We place strong emphasis on a student's strengths and abilities. These are the blocks upon which our Program will build.

Students with learning disabilities will have to draw upon inner resources to successfully meet the many challenges they will encounter during their college experience.

Students who are a good fit for the Program typically possess the following:

  • A knowledge and acceptance of their learning disability,ADD or ADHD
  • A willingness to accept assistance and access support
  • An ability to independently implement strategies taught in sessions
  • Self-motivation
  • A desire to participate in the Program
  • Sound study skills and work habits