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Adult & Returning Students: Apply for Admission

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Application Process for Adult Undergraduates and Returning Students

You are considered an adult student if you are a full-time undergraduate student who is 22 years of age or older, or a part-time undergraduate (of any age). We review applications on a rolling basis for our adult applicants and look forward to reviewing your application with the Admission Committee.

Please note, if you are an adult undergraduate student (22 years of age or older), and plan to apply to the Marist Italy campus four-year degree program, please reference this page for further information on the application process.
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Part-Time, Full-Time and Paralegal Certificate Adult Student Applicants

  • Apply ONLINE:
  • Submit official college transcripts (including current course schedule if applicable)
  • Submit official final high school transcript or GED diploma (*Note: this is not required if you have a conferred Associates or Bachelor's degree)
  • Supplemental materials can be submitted to our office electronically at or mailed to the following address:
    • Marist College, Attention:
      Office of Undergraduate Admission
      3399 North Road
      Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

  • $50 application fee or fee waiver  

Application for Non-Matriculated/Visiting Student

Students who wish to take courses at Marist but are not seeking a undergraduate degree, may apply as a non-matriculated student. Often students enrolling as non-matriculated are ones who are unsure if they want to become degree-seeking students or who just want to take a course they are interested in. Students who want to enroll as non-matriculated students must submit a non-matriculated application linked below.


Learn more about the admission process for the Paralegal Certificate program here.

Dual Degree in Professional Studies and the Masters in Public Administration 

Once a student enrolled in the Professional Studies degree has earned 75 credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, may apply for admission into the Masters in Public Administration.  Students should speak with their advisor immediately about their interest in pursuing this dual degree program.

Dual Program in Professional Studies and the Advanced Certificate in Business Analytics

Once a student enrolled the  Professional Studies degree has earned 75 credits, successfully completed MATH130L Introduction to Statistics, and has a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, may apply for admission into the Advanced Certificate in Business Analytics.  Students should speak with their advisor immediately about their interest in pursuing the dual program.

Pursuing a Second Degree

Marist College may confer a second baccalaureate degree only as a means of recognizing that a candidate has competencies in two essentially different areas (e.g., B.A. in English/B.S. in Biology). A candidate for a second baccalaureate degree must complete at least 30 unique credit hours within the major and/or related field requirements beyond the requirements of his or her first baccalaureate degree. Candidates for a second baccalaureate degree should apply through Adult Admissions as a transfer student. Final transcripts from the institution awarding the first baccalaureate degree must be submitted at the time of application. Students admitted to pursue a second bachelor’s degree may not change their majors without approval from the Dean of the proposed destination school. 
Individuals wishing to complete the Professional Studies major to earn a second bachelor’s degree must keep in mind the following guidelines. 

  1. Students must earn a minimum of 30 additional credits in the Professional Studies major to be awarded the second degree. 
  2. Students may not use their major specific courses from their previously granted degree as an Area of Study/Concentration in the Professional Studies major. (e.g. First degree in Psychology and an Area of Study in Psychology in Professional Studies). 
  3. No more than 18 credits (non-major) from the student’s first degree may be used to meet the Area/Concentration portion of the Professional Studies degree. 
  4. Students must take INTD477L in order to earn the second degree in Professional Studies

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Dutchess Community College Transfer Credit Agreements

Marist has partnered with Dutchess Community College to help ease the transition for students with associate degrees to a bachelor-degree program.

Please note this information is evaluated by the Admission Office and final approval for use of these credits in your degree program is determined by the Registrar’s Office.

View the Transfer Credit Agreements:


Marist College Codes

SAT code: 2400
ACT code: 2804
FAFSA code: 002765