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August/September 2014 Checklist

   1st Week of August:

  •  Housing Assignments will be posted online by the Office of Housing & Residence Life. 

   2nd Week of August:

  •  Residents: Take this opportunity to contact your roommates to discuss living arrangements. 

   First Week of September:

  • August 31st: Move-In Day & Start of Welcome Week (All Entering Freshmen and Transfers)
  • August 31st: Students who did not attend Orientation may visit Card Services to obtain a Marist ID card.
  • August 31st: Transfer and Commuter Students who registered for parking may pick up permits from the Office of Safety & Security.
    • In order to pick up a parking permit, students must bring their Marist ID card, a copy of their driver's license, and a copy of their vehicle registration.
  • August 31st - September 5th: Welcome Week
  • August 31st: ResNet SWAT Tour in Student Center room 3102
  • September 1st: Welcome Week MANDATORY Academic Orientation and Transfer Orientation continues.
  • September 1st - 3rd: ResNet SWAT Tour in the Alumni Reading Room, 3rd floor of the library
  • September 2nd: First Day of Classes

Academics

How do I know which First Year Seminar course I have been placed into?

As a transfer student, do I need to read the Common Read?

Health Services

What health information was required? When was the deadline?

What if I couldn’t have a physical exam by the deadline?  

What is the difference between the Health Services Fee and the Health Insurance Plan Fee? 

What is the Health Insurance Plan waiver process? 

If I waive the Health Insurance Plan, can I still be seen at Health Services? 

What care is available at Health Services? 

What are Health Services hours?

What if someone gets sick after hours?

Can I get a flu shot at Health Services? 

Can I get allergy shots at Health Services?

Can I get my ADHD medications at Health Services?

What if I need to see a specialist while I’m at college?

Are my Health Services records confidential? 

What if my parents want information?

What about emergencies?

Counseling Services

What kinds of problems does Counseling Services deal with?

What services do we offer? 

How long will I be in counseling?  

Where are you located? 

Do I need an appointment to see a counselor?

How do I make an appointment?  

How much do services cost? 

Is everything confidential? Can my parents, professors or coaches find out I have been to Counseling Services?

What are Counseling Services hours during the academic year? 

How do I contact you in an emergency? 

What if I need to talk to somebody at night or on the weekend? 

Do you have counselors who can work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures?

Do you have counselors who are familiar with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning concerns? 

What if I need medication?

Students with disabilities

If I need accommodations for a disability, when and where should I inquire about services?

Residential Students

When and how will I receive my roommate information?

As a freshman residential student, I know that I am not permitted to bring a car to campus. How will I get around if I want to go shopping or explore Poughkeepsie?  

I am required to arrive on campus before the freshman move-in day because I am part of a team, band or campus function. Are there any student conduct policies I should review or become familiar with?

I have a housing question that is not listed here. What should I do?

The Center for Career Services

Does a first year student need to be involved with Career Services?

Is there a “dress code” for Career Services programs? 

What is the central mission of Career Services? 

Will I be required to visit the Center for Career Services?  

Will Career Services help me get an internship? 

Does Career Services help students find jobs after graduation? 

What about graduate study and fellowships/scholarships?

The Center For Multicultural Affairs

What is the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA)?

What is the background of and what are the goals for the Center?

What are the supportive services offered to all traditional undergraduate students? 

How can I secure these supportive services?

Other Common Questions

How do I obtain a Marist ID?

Will incoming residential students have a meal plan? 

What are my dining options if I have a medical or dietary concern?

I will be participating in a fall sport. How will I receive information about arriving early?

What will my mailing address be at Marist?

What kind of laptop should I bring to Marist?

Academics

How do I know which First Year Seminar course I have been placed into?

If you see the acronym FYS on your fall 2014 schedule, you've been placed into a First Year Seminar course. Visit the First Year Seminar website to match your course's section number with the course title. Remember that some factors (e.g. certain programs of study, special scheduling circumstances, etc.) may lead to your taking the FYS in the spring semester rather than in the fall. If that is the case, you will have the chance to choose your FYS course during the regular registration process.

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As a transfer student, do I need to complete the Common Read?

If you are coming to Marist with less than 24 credits and are taking a First Year Seminar at Marist, yes. More information on transferring to Marist under the new Core can be found online here.

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Health Services

What health information was required?  When was the deadline?

All students were required to complete and submit Mandatory Health Forms for incoming students by June 30th for the Fall semester.

Please call Health Services (845-575-3270) if you have any questions.

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What if I couldn’t have a physical exam by the deadline?

If a student has had a complete physical exam in the prior 12 months documented on a comparable form, it can be submitted for review.

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What is the difference between the Health Services Fee and the Health Insurance Plan Fee?

The mandatory Health Services Fee, assessed each semester with Tuition and Fees, covers full-time undergraduate students for care at the Marist College Wellness Center (Health Services and Counseling Services). There is no charge for visits, with the exception of allergy immunotherapy. The Health Services Fee does not cover prescriptions, tests, or care outside of the Marist Wellness Center.

The Health Insurance Plan Fee is a charge for the optional Marist College Accident and Sickness Plan, an insurance policy that is offered to Marist students. It can be removed from your bill ONLY through an online waiver process. You cannot waive it over the phone or via email. Visit our website for the policy brochure and Frequently Asked Questions.

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What is the Health Insurance Plan waiver process?

Domestic undergraduate students with comparable insurance coverage through another policy can waive the Marist College Accident and Sickness Plan and the Health Insurance Plan Fee. The waiver is an online process; students must show proof of other health insurance. Details will be available on the Student Financial Services website.

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If I waive the Health Insurance Plan, can I still be seen at Health Services?

Yes. Visits to Health Services are covered by the Marist Health Services Fee, which cannot be waived.

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What care is available at Health Services?

Marist Health Services is staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and clerical staff. We provide evaluation and treatment for undergraduate students with illness or minor injury. Students are seen on an appointment basis. Emergencies and walk-ins are triaged promptly and seen in order of urgency. Problems beyond the scope of Marist Health Services are referred to the Emergency Department of the Mid Hudson Regional Hospital, across the street from campus, or Vassar Brothers Medical Center, about 10 minutes from campus. Nutrition consultation is available on referral by Health Services staff.

Up-to-date information about health issues facing today's college students is available 24/7 through Student Health 101, an online monthly newsletter.

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What are Health Services hours?   

Health Services is open 8:30 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on weekends.

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What if someone gets sick after hours?

After hours, students should contact their Resident Assistant (RA) or Resident Director (RD) for help in determining whether they should seek care in the Emergency Department or wait to be seen in Health Services the following day. Students can also contact the Office of Safety and Security for assistance.

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Can I get a flu shot at Health Services?

Health Services sponsors Flu Vaccination Clinics in the fall and on an as-needed basis. Students will be notified about details via email and campus media in the fall. There is a modest charge for flu shots.

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Can I get allergy shots at Health Services?

Marist Health Services can continue a course of allergy immunotherapy that has been prescribed and initiated by an allergy specialist.  There is a charge for each visit.  Please visit our website for details.

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Can I get my ADHD medications at Health Services?

Students who are on medication for ADD/ADHD are encouraged to maintain a relationship with their treating health care professionals at home.  The Marist College academic calendar is published online, and follow-up appointments at home should be scheduled to maintain continuity of care. Marist Health Services medical staff providers can provide follow-up appointments and write prescriptions for continuation of ADD/ADHD medications if specific criteria are met.  Please visit our website for details.

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What if I need to see a specialist while I’m at college?

While specialty care in most fields is available in the Poughkeepsie area, not all practitioners participate in all insurance plans. If a student anticipates needing off-campus care, it should be researched through the student’s insurance carrier to identify participating providers in the area. The provider can then be contacted directly.

If the need for specialty referral arises during the course of care at Health Services, the staff will make every effort to facilitate referral to a provider who participates with the student’s insurance.

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Are my Health Services records confidential?

All Health Services medical care, counseling, testing, and health records are confidential. Any communication about confidential health information requires the specific consent of the student (if 18 or older) or a parent or guardian (if the student is 17 or younger). Health Services will not release any information without written permission, except as authorized or required by law, or in our judgment as necessary to protect you or others from a serious threat to health or safety.

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What if parents want information?

Communicating effectively with parents is a priority for Health Services staff. Parents are not notified when students visit Health Services, but students are encouraged to keep parents apprised of health issues. Among the Health Forms for incoming students is an optional “Consent to Discuss Health Information for Students 18 or Older.” This form can be signed by the student and submitted for inclusion in the Health Services medical record. Both students and parents should be aware that such consent can be revoked at any time. 

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What about emergencies?

Parents should be aware that confidentiality statutes allow for communication in an emergency. Fortunately, emergencies are rare. Marist College is just minutes from the Mid Hudson Regional Hospital, the regional trauma center, as well as the local rescue squad.  Residence Life staff and Safety and Security staff are available around the clock. Parents will be notified in the case of an emergency.

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Counseling Services

What kinds of problems does Counseling Services deal with?

Counseling Services helps students with a wide range of concerns including adjusting to college life, stress, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, eating/body image concerns, family issues, alcohol/drug use, grief/loss, academic and career concerns, suicidal thoughts, and identity questions. Counseling is typically short-term. If a student wants or needs longer- term counseling, Counseling Services can assist in finding a counselor in the community.

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What services does Counseling Services offer?

Counseling Services provides individual and group counseling, support groups, workshops and trainings for students, faculty and staff, referrals for counseling or medication services in the community, consultations to parents, students, faculty and staff who are concerned about a student, and medication management and consultation.

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How long will I be in counseling?

For some students, difficulties may be short-lived and can be addressed in one or two sessions; for others, their concerns may be more complex and require additional time to resolve.

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Where are you located?

Counseling Services is located in the Health and Wellness Center (Student Center, 352).

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Do I need an appointment to see a counselor?

Typically, students are asked to make an appointment in advance of meeting with a counselor. In the event of an emergency or a crisis, students will be seen without a scheduled appointment.

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How do I make an appointment?

You may either call or visit the office to schedule an appointment. Same day emergency appointments are available during regular office hours.

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How much do services cost?

All visits to our service are provided free of charge.

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Is everything confidential? Can my parents, professors or coaches find out I have been to Counseling Services?

Counseling Services are confidential and not part of your official college record. Disclosure of information about your contacts with us to anyone outside the center requires your prior consent. Exceptions to maintaining confidentiality occur only if you pose a clear danger to yourself or others, in reporting child or elder abuse as mandated by law, or if your records are subpoenaed.

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What are Counseling Services' hours during the academic year?

Counseling Services is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 to 5:00. Some evening hours are available, by appointment only.

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How do I contact you in an emergency?

During regular office hours between 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, contact 845-575-3314 or visit our office (Student Center 352). Let our secretary know the nature of the emergency, and a counselor will speak with you directly.

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What if I need to talk to somebody at night or on the weekend?

For evening or weekend emergencies, inform your RA or RD or contact Campus Safety and Security, 845-471-1822. They will contact our on-call counselor who will assist you.

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Do you have counselors who can work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures?

Yes. Our counseling staff consists of licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, a psychiatrist and consulting nutritionist who are trained in and committed to providing culturally-sensitive services to a wide diversity of students.

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Do you have counselors who are familiar with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning concerns?

Yes, the counseling staff respects sexual diversity and are versed in addressing the unique concerns of LGBT and questioning students.

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What if I need medication?

In most circumstances, we will request you have an initial assessment with a counselor who can then refer you for psychiatric services, if indicated.

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Students with Disabilities 

If I need accommodations for a disability, when and where should I inquire about services?

Inquire as soon as possible by calling the Office of Special Services at 845-575-3274 or stopping in the office in Donnelly #226. Upon being accepted, you can register with the office and discuss appropriate accommodations for the upcoming semester. We encourage all students with disabilities to bring/send in documentation and meet with a staff member of the Office of Special Services as soon as possible. If your documentation and request for accommodations is in place, it will allow us to coordinate your accommodations in a timely manner.

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Residential Students

When and how will I receive my roommate information?

Housing Assignments will be posted online by the Office of Housing & Residential Life during the first full week of August. Assignments and roommate e-mail addresses can be accessed as follows:
  1. Visit My.Marist.edu (log-in required).
  2. At the top of the page you will see several menu options. Click the "student" tab.
  3. You will see several links on the left. Click the "MyHousing" link.
  4. Your housing assignment will be posted under "My Housing Assignment" located on the top right of the page.

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As a freshman residential student, I know that I am not permitted to bring a car to campus. How will I get around if I want to go shopping or explore Poughkeepsie? 

Student Activities at Marist provides buses to the Poughkeepsie Galleria (Mall) and Stop and Shop (grocery store) on weekends throughout the year. Students may also register for and rent one of two Marist Zipcars. In addition, students may locate their own transportation (taxi, bus, and train) using Marist's online directory.

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I am required to arrive on campus before the freshman move-in day because I am part of a team, band or campus function.  Are there any student conduct policies I should review or become familiar with?

All students who arrive early in August to move into campus housing are expected to adhere to and understand all college policies. Students will receive a copy of the Code of Student Conduct during move-in day; however, students and parents are encouraged to review the Code of Student Conduct over the summer to become familiar with college policies and the judicial system at Marist College.

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I have a housing question that is not listed here. What should I do?

Visit our Marist Housing Frequently Asked Questions. If you do not find your answer on Housing's website, call the Office of Housing & Residential Life at (845) 575-3307.

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The Center for Career Services

Does a first year student need to be involved with Career Services?

The freshman year is an excellent time to begin exploring potential career areas and, for undeclared students, potential majors. FOCUS2, an on-line career assessment and research tool linked to our Web site, assists students in understanding interests, values, abilities and personality as they relate to majors and careers. Attendance at career workshops and panels is also an excellent idea. The career fairs held each Fall and Spring present excellent opportunities for students to interact with recruiters and company representatives. Students are encouraged to ask questions and learn about potential internships and employment. The freshman year is also a very good time to take a Career Planning & Decision Making course.

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Is there a “dress code” for Career Services programs?

Many of our programs require professional business attire for participation. A business suit is ideal however a dress shirt, jacket, tie and dress slacks may be appropriate for men. Women should have a conservative suit or a jacket and skirt/slacks combination with a plain blouse. Appropriate footwear will also be required. Professional attire is necessary to take part in Job/Internship Fairs, Interviewing and Networking events. We believe that the importance of a good first impression cannot be stressed enough and it is necessary for first-year students to begin their college careers with this understanding.

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What is the central mission of Career Services?

It is the mission of Career Services to help matriculated Marist students to:

  1. Investigate career options;
  2. Explore career goals via internships;
  3. Acquire appropriate job search strategies and skills;
  4. Make employment contacts and secure rewarding careers with quality organizations;
  5. Identify appropriate graduate and professional schools for further study;
  6. Apply to competitive graduate schools and for national fellowship and scholarship competitions.

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Will I be required to visit the Center for Career Services?

It is highly encouraged that students visit the Center for Career Services at several key times during their Marist experience. We believe that students need to work collaboratively with their faculty, advisors and the Career Services staff to develop a plan for their post-Marist lives. Career choices should be carefully thought out and a plan needs to be developed and set in motion to achieve a student’s goals. We encourage new students to attend and participate in all of our Career Fairs, Mock Interview Days, Networking and Information Sessions. As you look at a summer job next year, we encourage you to visit Career Services and get that first “real” resume prepared.  That initial resume will be the first step in your career preparation.

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Will Career Services help me get an internship?

If you are enrolled in a curriculum that requires an internship, you will work with the Faculty Internship Coordinator in that department to set it up. Students enrolled in a major without a curricular requirement may participate in an elective credit internship. Career Services assists students in locating elective internships. At Marist, internships are credit-bearing and students generally must have completed 60 credits (transfers must have completed 12 credits at Marist) prior to beginning the internship.  A 2.5 GPA must be maintained in order to apply for internships; however, some academic departments have higher GPA requirements. More details about the Internship Program can be viewed on our Web site at http://www.marist.edu/careerservices/studentp.html#internships.

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Does Career Services help students find jobs after graduation?

Our emphasis is on providing students with the tools and skills needed to complete a successful job search and also to provide opportunities to connect with prospective employers. We provide both on- and off-campus interview events and experiences.  We work collaboratively with employers, associations and recruiting consortia to expose our students to varied employment initiatives. In addition we have an active Alumni Career Network that will allow students to speak with Marist graduates currently working in their chosen fields. The Career Services Staff continues to attract new and varied employers to our campus. The Marist brand is becoming highly-regarded among prestigious employers.

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What about graduate study and fellowships/scholarships?

Career Services has one staff member dedicated to assisting students as they determine whether or not to attend graduate school, search for schools and programs, apply to schools and take entrance examinations, etc. An annual Graduate Forum brings graduate school representatives to campus to discuss their programs. Admissions examination prep courses are offered at a reduced rate and held on campus. Individual assistance with identifying and applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships is also available.

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The Center For Multicultural Affairs

What is the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA)?

The Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) is a department in the Division of Student Academic Affairs at Marist College which strives to create a culturally competent college environment by:

  • Providing academic support services to assist students in developing successful study habits, cultural awareness, self-identity, and goal setting strategies for the future thus ensuring their growth as scholars and global citizens.
  • Providing programs and activities to assist all Marist students in making a successful and enriching cultural transition to the Marist campus environment.
  • Advocating in the interest of the first generation, racial/ethnic or otherwise underrepresented student in areas of personal, social, and cultural development.
  • Providing opportunities for students to develop academically and socially by providing support in areas of leadership development, cultural identity, self-identity, career exploration and goal setting for the future.
  • Acting as a resource and support to student groups and culturally focused clubs.
  • Acting as a resource for faculty, students and staff on issues of cultural and socio-economic diversity.
  • Providing lectures and activities to support the learning process of first year students in the new Core.

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What is the background of what are the goals for the Center?

The Center for Multicultural Affairs was created in September 2008 as part of the reorganization of the division of Student Academic Affairs. The Center houses: the Academic Enrichment Program, which provides direct support services to first generation college students and/or ethnically underrepresented students including the Hearst Foundation Scholars and Presidential Referral Students; the Arthur O. Even Higher Education Opportunity Program, a comprehensive academic support services program designed for New York State residents; International Student Programs, which provide comprehensive academic and cultural orientation and personal support to both matriculated and non-matriculated undergraduate and graduate students from around the world; and the Cultural Enrichment Program, serving as resource to faculty, students, and staff on issues of cultural and socio-economic diversity and sponsoring events in observance of various cultures.

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What are the supportive services offered to all traditional undergraduate students?

Services offered to program participants and first generation college students and/or underrepresented students that might choose to work with our staff members:

  • Guidance with cultural information and empowerment.
  • Programming and networking.
  • Comprehensive individual student advisement sessions.

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How can I secure these supportive services?

The Center for Multicultural Affairs has walk-in hours scheduled every day of the business week. For specific times please stop by the Cannavino Library Suite 337, call x3204 or email us at multicultural@marist.edu. Please visit and “like” our Facebook page.

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Other Common Questions

How do I obtain a Marist ID?

If you did not attend Orientation, you can obtain a Marist ID by visiting Card Services (DN  241) on move-in day. The office will have extended hours on that day.

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Will incoming residential students have a meal plan?

All freshmen residing in traditional residence halls are enrolled in the Carte Blanche plus $25 Thrifty Cash Plan. This dining plan is also available for commuter students.

To learn more about the Dining Plans at Marist College, visit MaristDining.com and click the "Dining Plans" tab, or call at (845) 575-5100.

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What are my dining options if I have a medical or dietary concern?

Any student enrolled in a Dining Plan and requiring accommodations for a medical or dietary concern should contact:

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I will be participating in a fall sport. How will I receive information about arriving early?

Student-athletes participating in a fall sport will receive necessary information from the Department of Athletics. Their phone number is (845) 575-3699.

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What will my mailing address be at Marist?

A letter concerning your Marist mailing information will be mailed in early August to all first year students that will be living on campus. Students have the responsibility to check their mailbox throughout the year. A sample address follows:

Student's Name
Marist College MSC#
3399 North Rd
Poughkeepsie NY 12601-1354

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What kind of laptop should I bring to Marist?

There is a Lenovo and Apple selection on www.marist.edu/computerstore for recommended models.

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