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2014 June Orientation FAQs

New Student Orientation at Marist College

 Below you will find a list of important phone numbers and a series of frequently asked questions pertaining to June Orientation and our offices at Marist.  Click on the questions below to view its answers. Also, please note that our links are in red font.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Marist College Main Number: (845) 575-3000
  • First Year Programs: (845) 575-3517
  • Office of the Registrar: (845) 575-3250
  • Health Services: (845) 575-3270
  • HELP Desk (Computers): (845) 575-4357

Orientation

When will I be able to register for Orientation?

How do I register for Orientation?

Is it true that it is better to attend the earliest day of orientation possible?

What username and password do I use to log in for registration?

I forgot my Marist e-mail account/password. What should I do?

What is my CWID?

Is there an Orientation Program for Transfer Students? 

I was admitted as an Adult Student through the Office of Graduate and Professional Programs. Will I have an Orientation?

I am participating in the Freshmen Florence Experience. When is my Orientation?

How do I change my Orientation date if I can no longer attend on the day that I selected?

Who should I contact if I need special accommodations at Orientation?  

What should I wear/bring to Orientation?  

My siblings and/or guests are planning to attend Orientation with me. Will there be activities for them? 

How long is the Orientation program?  

What happens after June Orientation?

Placement Tests/Surveys

General Test Questions

I forgot my Marist e-mail account/password. What should I do?

What if I am having trouble loading the placement tests/surveys?  

I'm having a computing problem that's not addressed here. Who do I contact at Marist to get additional help?  

When will I know the results of my placement tests?  

Math Placement Test

What is the purpose of the Math Placement Test?  

How long will it take to complete the Math Placement Test?  

What will I need to take the Math Placement Test?  

What if I am having trouble loading the placement tests/surveys?  

Do I have to take the mathematics courses recommended by my placements? 

I am having trouble getting past the intake form on page 2 of the Math Placement Test. What do I do?  

What do I do if my computer crashed before I finished the placement test?

I did not finish my online placement test. Was my test sent to be graded?

Modern Language Placement Test

What is the purpose of the Modern Language Placement Test?

Should I take the test even if I have never taken a language before?

Which language survey/test should I choose?

How long will it take to complete the Modern Language Placement?

Who should I contact if I have further questions about languages or the survey/test?

The Marist Core and Academic Programs

What courses can I expect to take during my first semester at Marist?

Which First Year Seminar will I take?

What is a Pathway and when do I choose it?

What criteria determine the courses that I am placed into?

Will there be more information about scheduling courses at orientation?

When will I know about my academic schedule?

I want to change my major. Who do I contact?

Sports Interest Questionnaire 

How is this Questionnaire used?

How long does it take to complete?

How do I take the Questionnaire?

I am not interested in participating in any athletic activities on campus, do I still need to complete the Sports Interest Questionnaire?

I have a question about the Sports Interest Questionnaire. Who should I contact?

Health Services

What health information is required? When is the deadline?

What if I can’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?

How can I obtain information about purchasing items for my room?

I am interested in Special Interest Housing. How do I get more information and apply?

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?

When will I receive information regarding financial aid award letters? 

Will incoming residential students have a meal plan? 

What are the Dining Hall hours? 

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?

Orientation

When will I be able to register for Orientation?

The deposit deadline for the Class of 2018 is May 1st. A letter marked "Dated Material, Orientation 2014" will be send to all new students admitted through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions on or around May 3rd.  This sheet provides more specific details about Orientation and registration. 

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How do I register for Orientation?

You will need your Marist email address (typically firstname.lastname#@marist.edu and your password, which was mailed to you by Information Technology) to register. Orientation is a one-day program on: May 30th, 31st, June 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th.

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Is it true that it is better to attend the earliest day of Orientation possible?

There is absolutely no advantage to any of the Orientation dates. Each Orientation day is identical and there is no sorting or selecting that occurs based on date of orientation attendance. Students should select the date that fits best into their schedules.

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What username and password do I need to log-in to register?

A username and password was mailed to you upon your acceptance. You username is firstname.lastname# (for example, John.Smith1 or Sally.White2). If you need assistance recovering your password, please contact our Marist HELP Desk at (845) 575-4357.

I forgot my Marist e-mail account/password. What should I do?

If you do not know your e-mail address or password, please call the Help Desk at (845) 575-4357. Help Desk Office Hours are:

Regular Hours
Monday -Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

You may also refer to the Information Technology Website for instructions on how to get your account information.

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What is my CWID?

Your CWID is a unique 8-digit number given to you upon your acceptance to the college; it was listed in your admissions letter along with your username and password. If you do not know your CWID, which will be needed for some placement surveys and tests, please contact the HELP Desk at (845) 575-4375 during normal business hours.

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Is there an Orientation Program for Transfer Students?

Transfer Orientation will take place on Sunday, August 31st. Details will be sent to new Transfer Students during the first week in August.

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I was admitted as an Adult Student through the Office of Graduate and Professional Programs. Will I have an Orientation?

Yes. Adult Student Orientation is conducted by the School of Global and Professional Programs. That orientation will take place on August 23rd and is specifically designed to meet the needs of the adult student population. More information is available from the School of Global and Professional Programs.

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I am participating in the Freshmen Florence Experience. When is my Orientation?

Students accepted into the Marist Freshman Florence Experience (FFE) will have separate Orientation. This Orientation will be run by Marist International Programs and is designed specifically for students spending their first year at our Florence campus. If you are an FFE student and have signed up for traditional orientation (one of the May 30 - June 8 dates), we ask that you please delete your registration and attend FFE's Orientation. More information will be available shortly online.

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How do I change my Orientation date if I can no longer attend on the day that I selected?

If you need to switch the date you registered for, you may log back into the Orientation registration page and register for any available date. Registrations are finalized by 3:00 p.m. the day before each event. If you have additional questions, please call (845) 575-3517.

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Who should I contact if I need special accommodations at Orientation?

Students will be visiting a variety of buildings and locations during the course of the day, and family members will be moving to multiple rooms within the Student Center leaving only for an optional tour of the residence halls. Please call (845) 575-3517 at least two business days prior to your arrival if you need special accommodations.

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What should I wear/bring to Orientation?

Orientation clothing should be comfortable, casual and weather appropriate. Please watch the forecast to determine if umbrellas or sweaters are necessary.  Students will be taking their ID photos on that day and will be traveling to various locations across campus. Guests will be located in the Student Center, but will have the option to tour other areas. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested for all.

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My siblings and/or guests are planning to attend Orientation with me. Will there be activities for them?

Due to space limitations, students may register no more than two guests for the program. Your siblings and/or guests may attend Orientation. They cannot follow the student track, but they are welcome to attend any programs scheduled for parents/guardians. Be aware that there will be no age-specific activities for children or baby-sitting services.

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How long is the Orientation program?

Your Orientation day begins at 8:00 a.m. and wraps up at 5:00 p.m. You will receive your schedule for the day at the Registration/Check-In desk. If you need to stay at a nearby hotel, we have assembled a list of area hotels/motels and a travel guide. It is very important for students to stay for the entire program.

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What happens after June Orientation?

Marist will keep in contact with you and your parents/guardians throughout the summer via email -- Marist email for students and The Parent Pipeline for family members.  Once students arrive on campus in the fall, their "orientation" will continue through Welcome Week activities, meetings with their First Year Programs Coordinator who serves as their Mentor, and participation in selected programs, such as Emerging Leaders, FOCUS, Commuter Connections, and more!

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Placement Tests/Surveys

General Test Questions

I forgot my Marist e-mail account/password. What should I do?

If you do not know your e-mail address or password, please call the Help Desk at (845) 575-4357. Help Desk Office Hours are:

Regular Hours
 
Monday-Thursday:           7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday:                            7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 

Your may also refer to the Information Technology Website for instructions on how to get your account information.

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What if I am having trouble loading the placement tests/surveys?

  • Some connections methods are slower than others. Dial-up is the slowest method of connecting; it could take three minutes or more to load the test using a very slow dial-up.

  • You should turn off any pop-up blocking software installed on your computer. (AOL users should especially make sure to do this).

  • Note for the Mathematics Test: Remember the 45 minutes to take the test does not include the loading of the test or filling out the intake form.

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I'm having a computing problem that's not addressed here. Who do I contact at Marist to get additional help?

Please call the Help Desk at (845) 575-4357. Help Desk Office Hours are:

Regular Hours
 
Monday-Thursday:         7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday:                           7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

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When will I know the results of my placement tests?

The first week in August you will receive your schedule from the Registrar. The results of your Math Placement Test will be included and the results of your Modern Language Placement will be reflected in your schedule.

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Math Placement Test

Note: It is strongly recommended that you use a wired internet connection when taking the Math Placement Test.

What is the purpose of the Math Placement Test?

All incoming freshmen are required to take an online mathematics placement test, which must be completed on or before Sunday, June 8th, 2014. Your placement into mathematics courses at Marist College will be based on the results of your online placement test, your math SAT score, your high school GPA, your high school mathematics courses and your choice of major and minor. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

        The Mathematics Department
          (845) 575-3620
          Carla.Hill@Marist.edu

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How long will it take to complete the Math Placement Test?

The time needed to complete this test is 45 uninterrupted minutes online. Time permitting, you may check your answers by clicking the back and forward buttons before submitting your test.

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What will I need to take the Math Placement Test?

This test is designed to be taken without the use of any mathematical aids such as a calculator, your notes, or a textbook. You may use scrap paper as well as pencils to work out the 40 questions. You will also need to know your major and possible minors, titles of high school mathematics courses, titles of Mathematics/Statistics AP exams taken, and titles of mathematics courses taken at any other college. If your major is secondary education, please specify the subject.

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What if I am having trouble loading the placement tests/surveys?

  • Some connection methods are slower than others. Dial-up is the slowest method of connecting; it could take three minutes or more to load the test using a very slow dial-up.

  • You should turn off any pop-up blocking software installed on your computer. (AOL users should especially make sure to do this).
  • Note for the Mathematics Test: Remember to refresh your Browser if you see any broken or missing images. Also, the 45 minutes to take the test does not  include the loading of the test or completion of the intake form.

  • It is strongly suggested that you use a wired internet connection.

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Do I have to take the mathematics courses recommended by my placements?

The recommendation for placement is just that, a recommendation. Based on the criteria given (see Mathematics Placement Test Section), recommendations will be made for a course in mathematics; however, if you feel the placement is incorrect, you may take different courses. Ultimately, you are responsible for selection of your college courses.

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I am having trouble getting past the intake form on page 2 of the Math Placement Test. What do I do?

You need to fill in all the required fields indicated by a red asterisk.

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What do I do if my computer crashed before I finished the placement test?

  • Please send an e-mail to the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at: instresearch@marist.edu
     
  • In your e-mail, please indicate your full name, your telephone number, and the date you took the placement test. A representative from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning will respond to you as soon as possible.

  • We strongly suggest you use a wired internet connection when taking this test.

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I did not finish my online placement test. Was my test sent to be graded?

If you did not submit your answers by clicking on the SUBMIT button and you did not close your Web browser, your answers were automatically sent after 45 minutes elapsed.

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Modern Language Placement Test

What is the purpose of the Modern Language Placement Test?

The language survey and tests for Spanish, French and Italian are essential for the college advising process. The results are used in creating an entry profile for each student. These profiles are used to place students in courses for their first semester and for advising purposes during all four years. A student’s language background is relevant for a number of academic choices he or she may decide to make during an undergraduate career: notably Core fulfillment, travel abroad, interdisciplinary minors, language requirements in some academic areas, and long-term graduate plans. The test is NOT used in any way to give credit or to determine if a student “places out” of language but, to gather as much information as possible about a student’s abilities and interests in learning a language. It is important to get an accurate and honest assessment, so students should take it seriously and not consult any outside resources when taking the test.

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Should I take the test even if I have never taken a language before?

Yes. You'd like to start a new language and we think that's great. Your placement may seem obvious at that point. However, please still take the test in the language you wish to learn at Marist, even if you have never taken that language before. This ensures you will be included in our database of students interested in taking that language. 

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Which language survey/test should I choose?

You should take a survey/test for each language you would like to take at Marist. If you wish to learn more than one language, please fill out a survey/test for each language in which you are interested. For example, if you have taken Spanish in high school but now wish to take Arabic, fill out the survey for Arabic rather than Spanish. Keep in mind that there are a variety of ways that language courses may be used to fulfill requirements in the Marist Core. Students who have already studied some French, Spanish, or Italian could pursue proficiency through a Core Pathway focused on these languages. Other Pathways, including Contemporary European Studies and Global Studies include introductory-level language courses.

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Why did no test appear for me after taking the survey?
 
Only French, Italian and Spanish will include both a survey and test, all other languages will only ask you to complete a short survey. Your placement for languages that do not have a test will be determined primarily upon examining your academic records.

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How long will it take to complete the Modern Language Placement Test?

The length will vary depending on the language you choose and your knowledge of that language. The survey for most languages only takes a minute; since French, Italian and Spanish require you to take both a survey and a test, the process will take longer. Please keep a record of your placement score in case you do not get placed in a language course in the first semester.

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Who should I contact if I have further questions about languages or the survey/test?
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

  Dr. Ivette Romero
Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Ivette.Romero@Marist.edu

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The Marist Core and Academic Programs

What courses can I expect to take during my first semester at Marist?

Most students take the First Year Seminar in the Fall semester; however, some students will take it in the Spring semester due to requirements in their major or other factors. Two other courses taken by all Marist students, ENG 120 Writing for College and PHIL 101 Philosophical Perspectives, are taken either in Fall or Spring of the Freshman year. The rest of your Fall schedule will be filled out with courses from your major (if you have chosen one) and/or courses that will count for distribution requirements in the Marist Core.

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Which First Year Seminar will I take?

Students compile a list of their top five FYS course selections using an online form on the Marist Core Website following June Orientation. Since the FYS does not overlap with course requirements in any major or minor, you should feel free to make your selections based purely on your interest in the FYS course topic. FYS course descriptions are available here.

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What is a Pathway, and when do I choose it?

A Pathway is a cluster of four courses that focus on an interdisciplinary area of study. See here for a complete list of Pathways and courses connected to each one. You choose your Pathway as part of your distribution requirements within the Marist Core, but you do not need to make this decision until Spring of your freshman year. The Pathway should add a new dimension to the learning that will take place in your major field of study. Pathway courses may be eventually used toward a minor or a second major.

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What criteria determine the courses that I am placed into?

Your placement into courses at Marist College will be made based on the results of your online placement tests/surveys, your list of top five FYS choices, your high school GPA, your high school courses, and your choice of major and minor.

Please Note: It is your responsibility to provide the Registrar's Office with any transcripts/score reports indicating Advanced Placement, Bridge, or transfer credit. In order to have these transcripts/score reports factored into your schedule, they must be received ASAP from the testing organization or educational institution.

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Will there be more information about scheduling courses at Orientation?

Information regarding scheduling will be discussed at June orientation.

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When will I know about my academic schedule?

Information regarding academic course schedules will be discussed during Orientation.

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I want to change my major. Who can I contact?

If you'd like to change your major prior to Orientation, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-436-5483. If you would like to change your major after attending June Orientation, please send a message (using your Marist email account) to the Office of the Registrar (Registrar@Marist.edu).

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Sports Interest Questionnaire

How is this Questionnaire used?

The Sports Interest Questionnaire is used to determine the extent to which the athletic interests of incoming students are being met by the current  intramural, club and intercollegiate athletics offerings on campus.  Therefore, it is completed by all students prior to their arrival on campus.

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How long does it take to complete?

The Sports Interest Questionnaire takes no longer than five minutes to complete.

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How do I take the Questionnaire?

The questionnaire will be available May 9th. Read the information on the page and then click "next" to begin taking the survey.

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I am not interested in participating in any athletic activities on campus, do I still need to complete the Sports Interest Questionnaire?

Your answers are important to us and there are no right or wrong answers.  All students must complete the questionnaire.

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I have a question about the Sports Interest Questionnaire. Who should I contact? 

 Athletics
845-575-3553
Athletics@marist.edu

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Arrival on Campus in August

Health Services

What health information is required?  When is the deadline?

All students must complete Mandatory Health Forms for incoming students. Completed forms should be mailed, not faxed, for receipt by June 30th for the Fall semester. (Note: International students are welcome to fax or email scanned forms).

Student athletes will be contacted by their coach or by a representative of the Department of Athletics about incoming varsity and walk-on physicals (not needed for club or intramural sports).

It is recommended that all students make and keep a copy of their health forms for their own records.

Marist Health Services will mail an acknowledgement card when health forms are received (please allow 10 business days).

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

If a student has had 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 Saint Francis Hospital Emergency Department, 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 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 12:00 p.m. 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 Marist College 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 Saint Francis 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 schedule an appointment. For emergencies during regular office hours, 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 Counseling Services 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 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some evening hours are available, by appointment only.  (Summer hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

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How do I contact you in an emergency?

During regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), call (845-575-3314) or visit our office (Student Center 352). Immediately tell the receptionist 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 the 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 respect 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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How can I obtain information about purchasing items for my room?

More information regarding the purchase of linens, refrigerators/microwaves, carpets, renters insurance, and Dining Plans will be available in June; brochures for ordering such items will be included in the front of the Orientation Parent Handbook. You will find suggestions for what to bring to campus on our website.

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I am interested in Special Interest Housing. How do I get more information and apply?

Marist currently offers special interest living for Science Majors and students in the Honors Program. More information on Honors Housing is available on the Honors website.

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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 discipline 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 freshmen 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 website.

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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 Center's background, and what are it's goals?

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?

Incoming students will have their photos taken and receive their student IDs during Orientation. Students unable to attend Orientation can have their picture taken and receive an ID on move-in day. The office will have extended hours on that day.

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When will I receive information regarding financial aid award letters?

2014-2015 Freshman Financial Aid Award letters have been mailed and are available electronically through myMarist. Please log in and click the Student Financial Services tab to review your financial aid awards and requirements. Please note that Student Financial Services needs to have your 2014-2015 FAFSA on file to be eligible for need-based financial aid.

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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 the Dining Hall hours?

The Dining Hall is open continuously from breakfast until close, seven days per week. Monday through Friday, it is open from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, it is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Breakfast is served until 11:00 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Light fare is available at all other times.

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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) 575-3304.

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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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