Prospective Students

Learning Disabilities Support Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the Program?

There is a dual application process. You must complete both the Marist application for general admission as well as the Learning Disabilities Support Program Application. This application must be submitted to the Office along with diagnostic testing and essay as described on the application. Letters of recommendation are required and should be from individuals who know you and your disability and can comment on your learning style.

What is the deadline for filing my application?

Early Decision: Deadline November 1
Marist College offers a binding Early Decision option, in which candidates are limited to Marist as their sole choice. The Early Decision deadline is November 1st and notifications are mailed on December 15th. Accepted candidates are required to submit a non-refundable deposit by February 15th.

Early Action: Deadline November 15
Marist College also offers a flexible Early Action option. Students who wish to find out early but are not ready to commit can apply Early Action. The deadline for this program is November 15th. Accepted students will have until May 1st to submit a deposit. The deposit is non-refundable after May 1st.

Regular Decision: Deadline February 1
All other students should apply under regular decision. The deadline for this program is February 1st. Students who are accepted through regular decision have until May 1st to decide to attend Marist College and submit their enrollment deposit. This deposit is non-refundable after May 1st.

Are SATs or ACTs required?

SAT and ACT scores are required.  A copy of your scores should be included with your application.

Am I required to interview with the Learning Disabilities Support Program?

Interviews are by invitation only.

Do you accept students for the spring semester?

Yes. There may be a few spaces available in January.

If I am rejected from the Program, can I still go to Marist?

A student must decide whether to apply through regular Admissions or through the Learning Disabilities Support Program. If you apply through the Learning Disabilities Support Program and are rejected, you are rejected from Marist. If you apply through the College's general admissions, you must meet the general admissions standards.

I know you only accept a certain number of students each year. Is it easier for me to get into Marist if I don't apply to the Program?

It is important that you compare the current criteria set forth by Marist general Admissions with those established by our Program.

What makes one applicant more acceptable than another if they have both taken the same courses, have approximately the same grades, and work equally hard?

No two applicants are alike. There are often differences that will be revealed in the students, essays, recommendations, interviews, documentation, etc.

How can you reject me without meeting me? I am much more capable than my grades and testing show. If you'd only interview me, I know you would accept me!

The number of individuals who apply makes it impossible for us to interview everyone. Your high school transcript, diagnostic testing and recommendations are a basis for comparison with other applicants.

Will I have to attend special classes, or will I be in the same classes as everyone else?

Students in the Learning Disabilities Support Program are fully integrated into traditional credit-bearing courses and all campus activities.

Will my roommate be a student in the Learning Disability Support Program?

Possibly, but not by design.

Do I have to tell my professors about my disability?

No. You are not required to disclose specifics about your disability. We are prohibited by law to disclose information about your disability. Only you can make that disclosure if you choose to.

Do I have to tell my professors about my needs in the classroom and testing accommodations?

Yes. You should discuss your learning needs and accommodations with the professor and that you work with the Office of Special Services.

I am terrible in math! Will I be able to get a math substitution or waiver?

Math substitutions are granted on occasion, but are very difficult to obtain.

How often can I see my L.D. Specialist?

Freshmen meet with the Specialist twice a week, each session being 45 minutes in length. Upperclassmen meet with the Specialist once a week.

Do I have to participate in the Program for the entire 4 years?

First-year participation is mandatory. Beginning in the sophomore year if participation is no longer needed, students may opt out of the Program. That determination is mutually agreed upon between the student and the Specialist.

Can I stay with the Program for all 4 years?

You can be in the Program for as long as you believe you need the services.

What happens if I don't use the services?

Statistics have proven that a student's chances of success at Marist are greatly increased when they use the Program's services and supports. If a student does not make use of the services, the matter will be discussed, and the student will be advised to withdraw from the Program to make room for another student in need of services.

I am worried that it might take me more than 4 years to complete my degree. Is that a problem?

Many students complete their undergraduate degree in 4 years, but it is not uncommon for students to take an extra semester or two to complete the requirements.