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iplinger’s Personal Finance
has placed
Marist 38th in its annual rankings of the
best values in private colleges and universi-
ties that deliver a high-quality education at an
affordable price. This is the sixth year in a row
Marist has made the list and is the College’s
second year in a row at number 38, its high-
est ranking.
“The institutions on
for best value in private colleges represent
schools that provide high-quality academics
as well as affordable cost even in these tough
times,” says Jane Bennett Clark, senior associ-
ate editor for
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
“Marist College placed in the top 200
because of a high four-year graduation rate,
low average student debt at graduation, good
student-to-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus
resources, and overall great value,” says Tara
Higgins, a spokeswoman for
Marist has the highest
ing of any college in New York, and only two
universities in the Empire State received higher
rankings, Columbia and Cornell. Also making
the cut with Marist were Brown, Dartmouth,
Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns
Hopkins, Notre Dame, Penn, Princeton, Rice,
Stanford, Tufts, Vanderbilt, Yale, the California
Institute of Technology, and the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
“We’re honored to be included in such
company,” says Kent Rinehart, dean of under-
graduate admission at Marist. “In our current
Marist received 11,399 applications for the
fall 2011 freshman class and accepted only
34 percent
, representing the most selec-
tive year in terms of admission in the history
of the College.
High Rankings Again
Achieved in U.S. News and
Princeton Review Guides
arist has been ranked 13th out of
183 colleges and universities in the
northern United States in U.S. News &World
Report’s “best colleges” guide for 2012.
And Marist was again named one of six
“up-and-coming” institutions of higher educa-
tion in the north. The region consists of states
from Maine to Maryland.
College administrators surveyed this past
spring for the U.S. News best colleges rankings
were also asked to nominate institutions they
believe have recently made the most prom-
ising and innovative changes in the areas of
academics, faculty, student life, campus, or
facilities. Marist was among those most cited
by college presidents, provosts and academ-
ic vice presidents, and admissions deans
who were asked to identify up-and-coming
schools in their U.S. News rank-
ing category.
A National Ranking Among
Study Abroad Programs
The U.S News ranking followed
the Princeton Review’s naming of
Marist as one of the nation’s best
institutions for undergraduate
education for the ninth year in a
row. The New York-based educa-
tion services company features
Marist in
The Best 376 Colleges
the 2012 edition of its annual
best colleges guide. Only about
15 percent of America’s four-year
colleges, and two Canadian colleg-
es, are profiled in the book.
This is the first year Marist has
achieved a national ranking in a
Princeton Review category. The
College was ranked fifth in “most
popular study abroad program.”
“Students love the ‘ intensive
study abroad program,’ through
wh ich they ‘can go a lmos t
anywhere in the world for the same
price as a semester at Marist,’ ” the
guide notes. Nearly half of the
Marist student body spends some
time studying in other countries.
economic climate, families are looking for
the best education at the greatest value. This
recognition validates that Marist offers both.”
Rinehart notes that a wide variety of finan-
cial aid is available to make the cost of a Marist
education more affordable. Expanding Marist’s
endowed scholarship program is one of the
cornerstones of the College’s capital campaign.
ranking is based on
figures from 2010.
Marist in Top 40 Among
Best Values in Private Colleges
COL. (Ret.) James M. Johnson, executive director
of the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist,
presented Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
and former President Bill Clinton (not shown) a copy
of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial issue of
Hudson River Valley Review
at the Memorial Day
Parade in Chappaqua, NY.
Dr. Onkar Sharma
, professor and grad-
uate director of computer science, spent
six weeks in India during summer 2011 as
a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist
grant. He was involved in training faculty at
the Vishwakarma Institute of Technology
in Pune. In 2006 he did similar work at
Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal,
on another Fulbright Senior Specialist grant.
The Fulbright Senior Specialists roster is a list
of candidates eligible to be matched with
incoming program requests from over-
seas academic institutions. Sharma also
served for 18 months from 2009 to 2011 on
the Information Technology Peer Review
committee for the Fulbright Specialist
program. He was also the recipient of a
Fulbright Senior Scholar award, which
placed him at Tribhuvan University teach-
ing upper-level computer science courses
for five months in 2007.
Freshman Florence Experience
entered its seventh year with its largest
and most diverse class ever. A total of 56
freshmen are spending their first year
of college at Marist’s branch campus in
Florence, Italy. In addition, 12 new students
have enrolled in one of the seven bachelor
degree programs offered in Florence. A new
master’s program, the MA in museum stud-
ies, located solely at the Florence campus,
has entered its second year with 13 students
enrolled. The students come from across
the U.S. and the world and will spend their
entire college career there.
The 2011
Freshman Move- In Day
Recycling Project
yielded 5,200 pounds
of cardboard, an increase of 30 percent over
the previous year.