Marist Welcomes the Most Diverse Freshman Class in its History, Debuts Freshman Dublin Experience

Elisabeth Tavarez

Students welcome the class of 2022

August 21, 2018 – On August 25, Marist College will welcome 1,330 freshmen and 150 transfer students to campus for the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, followed the next day by returning upperclassmen. More than 90 percent of students will be housed on campus, while 67 freshmen will be commuters.  Classes begin on Monday, August 27.

This group of freshmen is the most racially and ethnically diverse in the College’s history, with students from underrepresented groups comprising 23 percent of Marist’s incoming class, which reflects the College’s strong commitment to admitting a diverse student body. The Class of 2022 is geographically diverse as well, with more than 56 percent of students coming from outside New York -- from states as far away as Hawaii and California and countries including Argentina, Somalia, and Vietnam, among others. In all, students representing 30 states and 28 countries make up Marist’s freshman class.

In keeping with Marist’s emphasis on global learning, 36 students will spend their first year at Marist’s campus in Italy as part of the Freshman Florence Experience.  In addition, the College is launching its new Freshman Dublin Experience, in which 29 students will spend their first year taking classes in Ireland before returning to Marist’s Poughkeepsie campus to complete their degrees.

Class of 2022 freshman students arrive on campus

President David Yellen will welcome the new students on Saturday afternoon in the McCann Recreation Center, addressing the group and continuing his tradition of snapping a selfie with first-year students. “We are thrilled to welcome another group of talented students to the Marist community. Each of them brings a unique set of attributes, and we look forward to helping them develop the intellect, character, and skills required to succeed and adapt through a lifetime of change.”

The school has arranged for a fun move-in experience with a series of events over the weekend and throughout the week, including activities to help new students get acquainted with the campus, their classmates, and their new home in the Hudson River Valley. Welcome Week activities for new students begin on Move-In Day and continue through Saturday, September 1. 

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