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Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate63%

Marist College Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Marist College. The college admitted 63% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 10,966 applications received in 2023, 6,892 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Marist College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 2/15 and the application fee costs $50.

Students who apply to Marist College for fall semester should anticipate a decision by March 15.

Marist College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Marist College's admissions stats.

Marist College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 19%
Mean SAT Score 1276
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 19%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 5%
Waitlist Yes

Marist College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Marist College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes February 1 March 1
Early Action Yes November 15 January 15
Regular Decision Yes 2 15 March 15

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.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due February 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before March 1.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Marist College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Marist College is 77%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 63%.

Marist College accepts roughly 77% of early action applicants and 63% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Marist College admitted 169 of the 219 students who applied early decision. Last year, Marist College admitted 4,829 of the 6,279 who applied early action.

Some students apply early because they believe it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it shows your interest in a school.

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

More on Marist College Admissions

Transferring to Marist College

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Marist College

In 2022, Marist College waitlisted 3,052 students and 501 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 136 eventually received an admissions offer.

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 decides which factors are are 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 put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Marist College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Marist College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

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

Make sure to check with Marist College for more information on admission factors.

Marist College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Marist College, all applicants 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)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Marist College?

Students admitted to Marist College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 43% submitted a class rank. At Marist College 19% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 48% were in the top 25% and 84% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Marist College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 29.9%
3.75 and 3.99 24.14%
3.50 and 3.74 14.95%
3.25 and 3.49 17.19%
3.00 and 3.24 6.47%
2.50 and 2.9 6.47%
2.00 and 2.49 0.88%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Marist College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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 2022, 19% of Marist College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Marist College?

To be competitive with other Marist College applicants, you should aim to score between 1220 and 1350 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Marist College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1350 and 25% of scored lower than 1220, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Marist College student is 1276.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Marist College students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Marist College students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

To be most competitive at Marist College, you should strive to earn between 25 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 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Marist College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

More Information on 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:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Marist College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Marist College?

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

Does Marist College accept transfer credits?

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

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES

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

βœ… Marist College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) 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 you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Marist College's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Marist College is 63%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Marist College?

βœ… Marist College's early decision acceptance rate was 77% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Marist College?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at Marist College was 77% 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 63%. This means that the institution accepts 62 out of every 100 applicants.


Marist College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Marist College is Feb 15.

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1220 - 1350


Math SAT Range

590 - 670


Reading SAT Range

610 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1350 and Above


1220 to 1350


1220 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Marist College students is 1276. Applicants with SAT scores of 1350 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Marist College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1220 to 1350 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1220 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Marist College.

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 3.6. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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