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Marist College Admissions

If you want to apply to Marist College, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the fee for the application costs $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from Marist College by April 1.

Marist College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Marist College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.1
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 58%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 22%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Marist College?

Marist College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 2/1.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Marist College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Marist College is 84%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 55%. Marist College accepts about 56% of early action applicants and 55% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Marist College admitted 239 of the 283 students who applied early decison. Last year, Marist College admitted 3,796 of the 6,762 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Marist College

Getting into Marist College is very difficult. Marist College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Marist College accepted 55% of students, around 6,449 of the 11,715 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Marist College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

In 2021, Marist College waitlisted 3,818 students. Of those, 987 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does Marist College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Marist College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Important
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

Marist College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Marist College must submit the following items. Double check with Marist College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Marist College?

Students admitted to Marist College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.1.

Out of all students that were admitted, 38% submitted a class rank. At Marist College 18% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 45% were in the top 25% and 83% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Marist College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 38%
3.75 and 3.99 19%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 19%
3.00 and 3.24 23%
2.50 and 2.9 18%
2.00 and 2.49 2%

Marist College does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Marist College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 58% of Marist College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 22% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Marist College?

To be competitive with other Marist College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1140 and 1290 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Marist College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1290 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Marist College students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Marist College students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Marist College?

To be most competitive at Marist College, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Marist College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Marist College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Marist College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Marist College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Marist College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Marist College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Marist College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Marist College.

Does Marist College accept transfer credits?

Marist College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Marist College accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Marist College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Marist College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Marist College?

No, Marist College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Marist College's acceptance rate?

Marist College's acceptance rate is 55%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Marist College?

Marist College's early decision acceptance rate was 84% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Marist College?

The early action acceptance rate at Marist College was 56% in 2021.

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Marist College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Marist College? Marist College is a very selective institution. The Marist College acceptance rate is 55%. This means that the institution accepts 55 out of every 100 applicants.



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Marist College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Marist College is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Marist College is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Marist College ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


24 to 30


24 and Less


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Marist College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1290


Math SAT Range

560 - 650


Reading SAT Range

570 - 650

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Marist College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Marist College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.1. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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