About Marist College

Marist at a Glance

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 388 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (11th Best Regional University/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,133 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees. 

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Marist College Mission Statement

"Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect, character, and skills  required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century."

Values Statement

The College fulfills its mission by pursuing three ideals: excellence in education, a sense of community, and a commitment to service. These ideals were handed down to us by the Marist Brothers who founded the College. Now an independent institution governed by a lay board of trustees, Marist continues to embrace the three ideals as an integral part of the College mission. 

Academic Programs

  • 47 Bachelor's programs
  • 51 Minor's programs
  • 13 Master's programs
  • 1 Doctoral program
  • 4 Advanced Certificate programs
  • 3 Certificate programs


  • 232 full-time faculty lines
  • 348 adjuncts
  • 16:1 student to faculty ratio


  • 6,464 total student population
  • 5,475 traditional undergraduates
  • 989 full-and part-time graduate students
  • 58% female; 42% male

Student Clubs and Organizations

  • 80+ clubs and organizations


Operating Budget

  • $213.9 million/FY2023


Institutional Rankings & Distinctions

Marist is again one of a small group of schools included in the 2nd edition of The Princeton Review's  Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers By Going Beyond the Classroom, along with such top schools as Duke, Stanford, and Columbia. The Princeton Review cited Marist's leadership development, internship opportunities, campus work opportunities, such as the Marist Poll, and career development resources.

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Marist is again one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. Marist is featured in The Best 388 Colleges 2019, the fifteenth-consecutive year it has been recognized in this respected annual college guide.

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Marist is one of Money Magazine's  'Best Colleges' in the nation, defined as the 623 four-year U.S. colleges and universities that deliver the most value—that is, a great education, at an affordable price, that prepares students for rewarding careers. Money weighs more than 20,000 data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing, and career earnings.

U.S News World Report ranks Marist the 11th Best College in the Regional Universities (North) classification.

For the eleventh consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Marist on its list of the country’s 'Best Values in Private Colleges'.

Forbes magazine ranks Marist on its list of 'America's Top Colleges'.

Marist has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, which publishes G.I. Jobs, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, the list of Military Friendly Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

International Education

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently identified Marist as a 'U.S. Student Top Producer' (click on 'Master's Colleges & Universities'), making it one of the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Students

Marist College is again among the nation’s leading colleges and universities for international education, according to the Open Doors Report from the Institute of International Education. Marist ranked nationally among Master’s Colleges & Universities:

  • 3rd for the number of students engaged in semester study abroad

  • 4th for the number of students engaged in long-term study abroad (full academic year)

  • 16th for the total number of students participating in study abroad programs

  • 23rd for the rate of undergraduate participation in study abroad programs

School of Communication & the Arts

Marist has the world's 22nd best undergraduate fashion program, according to top industry website The Business of Fashion.

Study.com named Marist a 'Best School for a Degree in Digital Media'.

School of Computer Science & Mathematics/School of Communication & the Arts

Marist has earned a spot on The Princeton Review's list of Top 50 Schools for Game Design. Game Design at Marist is a joint program between the School of Communication & the Arts and the School of Computer Science & Mathematics.

School of Management

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Marist's online MBA program was ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Education Program” rankings for 2019. 

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MBA Central's "The 20 Best New York Online MBA Degree Programs" placed Marist as the top online MBA program in New York. This ranking is created based on affordability, support services, and quality of classes. 

School of Professional Programs

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Marist's online Bachelor’s degree program in Professional Studies was ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Education Program” rankings for 2023.