Student Life

Life at Marist outside the classroom offers a wealth of opportunity for personal growth and development that supports and enhances students' academic experience. From exciting trips to Broadway shows, to volunteering at a local elementary school or food pantry, getting a massage at the annual Wellness Fair, attending a workshop on stress management in a residence hall, or participating with hundreds of fellow students in the Relay for Life, there are countless activities from which to choose.

Consistent with the Marist College Mission , the sense of community and the sense of service to others are important to us. Both the philosophy and the staff in the Division of Student Affairs support the development of the whole person: intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually. In addition to making lifelong friendships with one another, students have contact with many staff and faculty in both formal and informal settings. Our programs and services are designed to promote self-discovery, leadership development, healthy behaviors and social responsibility as well as enjoyment.

So you'll make great friends, you'll learn about yourself and the world, and you'll grow in all aspects of your life. And we'll be there with support along the way, with professionals like mentors, residence directors, counselors, security, and medical staff should the need arise.

To learn more about all of the programs and people available to you, please browse through our links!

A Special Message to the Marist Community from President Dennis Murray

As I'm sure everyone is aware, there is a serious outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, specifically in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. As a community, we extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the people of the countries affected by this terrible disease. We also have great admiration for the many courageous health care workers who have responded to the crisis and cared for the sick.

While there have been a handful of cases in the United States, the chance of Ebola affecting the Marist campus is extremely remote. Nonetheless, since the earliest notification of this disease, our senior administrators have been coordinating closely with federal, state, and county officials in the unlikely event that something should occur in our area. The College is also fortunate to rely on considerable in-house expertise. Marist Health Services is overseen by Dr. Mary Dunne, a medical doctor who is well known and respected in her field. In addition, our Board of Trustees' Student Life Committee is chaired by Dr. Stan Harris, an experienced physician and health care executive who has been reviewing this issue and advising the College on best practices. Dr. Harris is a Marist alumnus, and the welfare of our college community is always foremost in his mind. At the Student Life Committee's last meeting earlier this week, they carefully reviewed the College's policies in light of the guidelines recently issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC's recent advisory was written specifically for colleges and universities. I encourage everyone to read it carefully, as it contains excellent information about Ebola and the likelihood of transmission. I have included the link here for your convenience:

The Ebola situation is dynamic, and information is evolving, so you should check the CDC's website frequently for the most updated news. Marist Health Services' website also has pertinent links and information:

Be assured that our first priority will always be the health and well-being of the members of the Marist community. The College will continue to follow this outbreak closely, and our actions will be guided by the advice of the medical community and other public health experts.