Priority Points

The priority point system at Marist College assigns points to students based on their academic average, involvement with extra-curricular activities, disciplinary history and condition of their residence area. The system is used by the Office of Housing and Residential Life to place students in housing after their entering first year at Marist. Housing is only guaranteed to current resident students for their freshmen and sophomore years. Juniors and Seniors are not guaranteed housing. Any student on Deferred Residence Hall Suspension or has lost six (6) priority points or more in the category of Discipline, may not be allowed to participate in the housing room selection process and therefore not eligible for college housing. More information on housing eligibility will be included when Room Selection Information is distributed.

During the 2012-13 academic year a committee comprised of administrators and students met to review the current Priority Point System and to develop new guidelines to reflect a student’s participation in the categories as described below. The Priority Point System has been revised to reflect the changes as follows:

Students requesting college housing for the Fall 2014 semester during the April 2014 Housing Selection Day will have priority points calculated using the current priority point system reflecting points earned during Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 semesters.

Freshman students will have priority points calculated using the new priority point system for the Fall 2013 semester only.

The new priority point system will be implemented for all students during Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 semesters with the priority points calculated for housing assignments for Fall 2015 semester.

For students entering their sophomore year, priority points are accumulated from the fall semester of their freshmen year reflecting the new priority point system. For students entering their junior year, priority points are accumulated from the spring semester of their freshmen year and the fall semester of their sophomore year. For students entering their senior year, priority points are based on the spring semester of their sophomore year and the fall semester of their junior year. 

When students apply for housing they do so as a group. Individual priority points only determine if a student is eligible for housing during their junior and senior year. The group priority point average is the number used to determine placement. The group average is an average of all students who signed up to live together during the room selection process.

Priority points for upper-classmen can be earned and lost from 4 categories for a maximum total of 34 points.

Priority points for freshmen can be earned and lost from 4 categories for a maximum total of 30 points (freshmen can only earn a maximum of 4 points for Campus Involvement as it only reflects one semester, the fall semester).

The GPA category is based on the cumulative GPA for the immediate previous fall and spring semesters (most current) at Marist.

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Priority points are assigned in the following categories:

Cumulative G.P.A.


3.85 - 4.00


3.60 - 3.84


3.25 - 3.59


3.00 - 3.24


2.75 - 2.99


2.50 - 2.74


2.25 - 2.49


2.00 - 2.24


0.50 - 1.99


0.00 - 0.49


Room Condition and Room Damage (0-8 year, 0-4 per semester):

Points for Room Condition can be deducted for failure to follow proper residence hall check out procedures, room cleanliness and fire safety violations.  A maximum of 2 points can be deducted per semester for failure to check out properly.


Discipline History                                                                                                                                                     Points 0-6

Campus Involvement:                                                                                                                                           Points 0-8 per year

From three categories described below:

* Service: 0-4/year (0-2 per semester) 8 service hours for 1 point, 16 service hours for 2 points

* Leisure Sports and Fitness (includes Intramurals): 0-2 year (maximum 1 point per semester)

* Clubs, organizations and intercollegiate sports: 0-5 year (maximum 3 points in primary semester with a maximum 2 points in other semester, per club). While a student can earn a number of points, only a maximum of 8 points can be used towards priority point total for Campus Involvement.

A new freshmen student can earn maximum total of 30 priority points. A new student can only earn maximum of 4 points in the category of Campus Involvement as the process uses the previous Fall and Spring semester and, as new students, they can earn Campus Involvement Points for fall semester only.       

Description of points that can be earned for Clubs/Organizations/Intercollegiate Sports:

1) A club/organization must complete minimum requirement of 4 activities per semester in order to receive priority points.                                                                                                                 

2) Officers and varsity captains are eligible for maximum of 3 points during one semester ("in season”) and 2 points during the other semester ("off season"). Club members/athletes are eligible for maximum of 2 points per semester.                                                                    

Objective Criteria for Clubs/Organizations:                                                                                                    

To earn 1 point: Members must attend minimum of 50% of club/organization meetings for the semester and 50% of club/organization activities.                                                                                                      

To earn 2 points: Members must attend minimum of 50% of club/organization meetings for the semester and 75% of club/organization activities PLUS the community service event.                                              

To earn 3 points (officers only): Officers must attend 50% of club/organization meetings for the semester and 100% of club activities (which includes community service event).

If officers do not complete all of the requirements to earn 3 points, they will be eligible to receive up to 2 points based on the criteria outlined above.

Other information

1) An incoming fall transfer student is awarded priority points as described above with the Campus Involvement points awarded for the fall semester doubled, up to a maximum of 8 points.

2) A Spring semester transfer student will be assigned housing as per room selection. guidelines.                                                                                                                                    

3) FFE students (returning from the Florence, Italy campus) will receive 4 points per semester in the category of Campus Involvement.                                                                                                                                

4) A student involved in a study abroad semester program such as Marist International Programs or Marist in Manhattan will have his/her priority point total from the semester prior or post to departing from campus college housing doubled.