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Monday, October 23, 2017
Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
This fall, I visited Marist College to get an update on the information I shared in myDecember 2012 blog post. In addition to learning more about the college, I got to see a stunning campus.
Focus - Marist seemed very focused on hands-on practical skills, internships, and jobs after graduation for all majors. Examples of this include:
On-site fashion show for fashion majors.
Fashion students are paired with designers during New York Fashion Week.
History majors intern at the nearby FDR House and Library.
Those interested in the environment can make use of the river laboratory, the aquatic pontoon boat, and many intern at the nearby Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Students in the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences are required to have a semester long fieldwork assignment. There are over 100 approved fieldwork opportunities in the Hudson Valley.
Bloomberg tools are used in the School of Management.
These are in addition to the special programs described in my earlier post which included semester-long internships in New York City and Washington D.C., a partnership with IBM, students investing the Marist endowment, freshman year in Florence, and the branch campus in Florence.
Academics - Class size is capped at 35 students so students don't need to worry about being in large, impersonal lecture hall classes.
Clubs - All clubs must do community service and Campus Ministry is the largest club.
Housing - Marist is building additional housing for juniors and seniors on the North side of the campus, as well as additional dining and athletic facilities. Housing is guaranteed for all freshmen and sophomores. There is no Greek housing.
Other new building - A new studio art facility will be opening in the Fall of 2018.