Marist College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Marist College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 46%. Founded in 1929 and located in Poughkeepsie, New York, Marist is midway between Albany and New York City. Marist also has a branch campus in Florence, Italy. The college has a 16-to-1 student / faculty ratio, and undergraduates can choose from 47 Bachelor's degree programs. Popular programs include management, communications, and social and behavioral sciences. On the athletic front, the Marist Red Foxes compete in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

Considering applying to Marist College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Marist College had an acceptance rate of 46%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 46 students were admitted, making Marist's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 11,207
Percent Admitted 46%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 25%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Marist College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Marist may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. Marist College does not provide data regarding the number of students who submit SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 660
Math 570 660
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Marist's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Marist scored between 580 and 660, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 570 and 660, while 25% score below 570 and 25% scored above 660. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1320 or higher is competitive for Marist College.

Requirements

Marist College does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Marist participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Marist does not require the essay section of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Marist College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Marist may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. Marist College does not provide data regarding the number of students who submit ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 26 31

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Marist College's admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Marist received a composite ACT score between 26 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

Note that Marist does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Marist participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Marist does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of Marist College's incoming freshmen class had high school GPAs between 87 and 93. 25% had a GPA above 93, and 25% had a GPA below 87. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Marist College have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Marist College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Marist College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Marist College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Marist College, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, Marist also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Note that supplemental application materials are required for students applying to the Fashion Design and Studio Art programs. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades are outside of Marist's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were admitted to Marist College. Most had SAT scores of 1100 or higher (ERW+M), an ACT composite of 22 or higher, and a high school average of a "B+" or higher. Grades and test scores above these lower ranges will improve your chances, and you can see that many admitted students had grades in the "A" range. Note, however, that because Marist is test-optional, standardized test scores are less important than grades and other criteria in the admission process.

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