Historic Graveyard Tour returns at St. James’ Episcopal Church

It is 8 p.m. on a Friday evening and the weather is chilly at 40 degrees. The 200-year old graveyard at St. James’ fills up with an eager crowd holding lanterns. People of all ages attend, dressed in their winter gear. The tour is about to begin.

St. James’ Church in Hyde Park kicks off their 9th season with their annual Historic Graveyard Tour. Originally a run up for the bi-centennial church celebration in 2011, the tour has remained a popular event for many years. In fact, 200 people turned out for the first tour that the crowd had to be split into 3 groups.

The tour consists of approximately 8 actors stationed in different parts of the cemetery. Each of the actors plays characters who were buried at St. James’. Around half of the actors are parishioners, and half are not. Each year has non-coincidentally turned into a different theme for the tour. One year the theme was slavery, while another year the tour concentrated on disabilities.

The crowd follows the dark path of the graveyard, led by a host for the hour. Each actor tells their character’s background and major role in life. Some of the characters ranged from Red Cross personnel, soldiers, lieutenants and chefs to President Roosevelt.

The host for the evening, Russell Urban-Mead leads the crowd in an animated voice and takes the crowd to each stationed actor. Urban-Mead’s wife is the director of the tour this year. He sits in a church pew, before the start of the 8:00 tour and is enthusiastic for the evening. “It’s an exciting time for our parish where everyone comes together to work on the tour. There is a lot of history many do not even know about, just in front of our eyes in the 200-year old cemetery,” admits Urban-Mead.

This year, the focus was on those who were connected to the First World War. Chuck Kramer, The Revered, of 21 years at St. James’ made his debut appearance as an actor in this year’s tour. He played Ogden Livingston Mills, U.S Secretary of the Treasury during Herbert Hoover’s presidency.

Recounting the intention of the tour, the Reverend sits in his office, filled with books, sacred embellishments, and bright colors. “There are three goals of the tour. One is to entertain. One is to inform and one is to inspire,” said the Reverend.

Partakers of the St. James’ Historic Graveyard Tour can expect to be educated on major roles individuals played during World War I. It is a night to learn about the lives of the souls who rest in the church’s cemetery.

The Revered is proud of the impact the tour has left on people for the past 8 years as well as the light it sheds on history. “The tour makes people come alive in a way that tugs at the heart and has people thinking ‘wow.’ It engages both the funny bone and the heart,” said the Reverend.

The tour runs for 3 weeks in October on Friday and Saturday night’s starting at 7:00, 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to the on-going ministry and outreach of the church.


Educational Nonprofit for Students Struggles to Find Visibility

In a small New School auditorium in Union Square, the sound of pounding rain competed with the clacking of laptop keys. Max Robins, President and Executive Director of the Center for Communication, stepped up to the microphone, and students of every age tore their attention away from their screens to listen. 

Robins introduced himself, his esteemed panel, and the topic of that night’s discussion: Storytelling Through VR. Robins ended with the Center for Communication’s mission statement,  “We want to open the doors for the next generation of diverse media leaders” said Robins. 

Based in Brooklyn, New York, The Center for Communication is a nonprofit centered around providing free seminars for students during which they can listen to and meet influential leaders in the media community. The Center offers between 25 to 40 events per year, all free for students. 


Storytelling Through VR event on Oct. 11

Prior to becoming the president of the Center for Communication, Robins worked as a journalist,  a childhood dream of his. “I wanted to write for great magazines and newspapers, but that world has shrunk now,” said Robins, “But, it’s ever-changing.” 

Marcelle Hopkins, Co-Director of Virtual Reality and Deputy Director of Video at The New York Times, was one of the panel members. She revealed to the student audience, “Every job I’ve had since graduating college didn’t exist when I was a student.” 

During the seminar Hopkins spoke to students about the importance of learning to tell a story. She claimed anyone can learn to use the technology necessary for virtual reality, but not everyone can tell a story well. “Events like these are important because they show students what’s out there for them, what they can do.” 

One problem the Center for Communication currently faces is outreach. Farrah Thomson, a student at The New School in Manhattan, saw a flyer for the event and decided to go. “This is my first time going to one of their events,” said Thomson, “but I want to attend more in the future. I’m surprised the organization isn’t promoted more.” 

One upcoming event Robins is particularly excited about is the Diversity and Media Career Summit on November 19. Based off the popular Women and Media Career Summit the Center has hosted for the past two years, the day-long event features keynote speakers, panels, and workshops. “We decided to create this because we have seen a growing need for diversity in media careers,” said Robins. 

Past seminar topics have included journalism, filmmaking, public relations, publishing, and First Amendment issues. “We want to break down barriers between students and the industry,” Robins commended, “We encourage people to be lifelong students.” 

Robins’ favorite thing about the Center’s panels is the wealth of knowledge displayed before him. “If I run a panel, not only am I learning from the speakers, but I’m learning from the questions our attendees ask,” explained Robins, “The students inspire me with their eagerness to learn.” 

In the future the Center for Communication hopes to offer events across the United States and, eventually, internationally. 

Returning Back to Marist

Back to school for Marist students can bring a variety of many different feelings. For some, it may be the best time of the year when they can reconnect with their friends again. While for some it may be the toughest thing they will ever have done in their life up to this point. Moving halfway across the country, maybe even all the way from coast to coast, or for some students to a whole new country. Student-Athletes though, they have it a little different and some say tougher as well.

August eighth was the report date for football players. A long journey that the returning players had been anxious for. “This is what we have been waiting for. I know it sounds cliche and you hear it all over every time something that has been anticipated on is approaching. But all the work we put in over the winter and spring, it should definitely pay off” said Marist Running Back Areg Nazarian. For Areg the trek back to campus is not an easy one, hailing from Los Angeles, California. It is about a six-hour flight and then totaling about eight hours once he is in Red Fox territory. The trip is not all that bad being that he is used to it and has made friends along the east coast who are teammates of his. One thing that Areg says that has thrown him off was the construction to the McCann sports arena. “Teams are going to have to focus and adjust this whole school year. McCann is like every team’s home base. Everything we do is based on McCann or revolves around McCann in some way, shape or form. But with the intelligent student-athletes, we have here at Marist, it shouldn’t be that much of a strenuous task”. The reconstruction here at Marist on the McCann sports arena is enhancing all of the facilities that we the student-athletes use to further enhance our performance. The demolition of the weight room has cost regular students who had free access to any Marist College workout facility has thrown a wrench into plans. Regular students may not use the South Field Tent until 6PM. A Marist College student Casey Yamamoto has said: “Even though I didn’t really use the weight room that much and often last year myself, that is all you hear about is that how it is not fair that we “NARPs” only have from 6PM till midnight to workout. Not everyone can work their way around that, some people even made their schedule so that they can work out in the earlier half of the day and then this project rolled around.

For another Marist College student-athlete, linebacker Maliek Carr is taking this school year with a different approach as well. Being that it is his first time being off campus for housing. “When we moved out of Marian for camp it just made the ‘camp life’ that much harder. We still had to be everywhere the same time as everyone else, just coming from further away. I wouldn’t say it is complaining, I just wish that the people could have thought of a more efficient way and also safer in case someone wakes up early”. Being off campus with teammates makes it much easier for Maliek he says, because he doesn’t have to really rely on himself, but he feels all the ripping and running he has to go back and forth from building to building especially after football takes more of a toll on his day than it did the previous two years.

Marist Poll Gears Up For Midterm Elections

As nationwide midterm elections approach, the Marist Institute is of Public Opinion (MIPO) has increased polling for media partner, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).

Since March, MIPO has polled twelve states about the upcoming elections.  Most recently, releasing the poll results for Indiana, Missouri and Texas.  MIPO has also released the results for Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas and Pennsylvania. In the coming weeks MIPO will be polling in nine other states as well.

The Founder and Director of MIPO, Dr. Lee Miringoff, noted the organization “hasn’t broken out of electoral mode since 2016…because so much has been going on.”  However, he did mention that in the past “4 or 5 months” they have revved up their polling in light of the upcoming midterm elections.

Student-workers at the Marist Poll, tasked with cold calling citizens to take surveys, have felt an increase in their workload due to the election season.  Emma Bussetti, 21, a student worker at the poll, said, “Typically we do a poll one week, and then we have three or four weeks where we don’t work.  But now, we’re polling every week.”  

Each poll comes from a sample of one thousand participants who are asked a series of survey questions over the phone.  Surveys include a variety of questions regarding gender, age, race, income, political affiliation, and likelihood of voting. According to the Marist Poll website, “Data collection is typically conducted over a three to five day period depending on the sample size, length of the questionnaire, and incidence of the target population.”

On top of polling for the midterm elections, MIPO has performed various national polls, as well.  Most recently, MIPO released a public opinion poll about President Donald Trump in conjunction with National Public Radio (NPR).

The results of these polls are used and disseminated by MIPO’s partners, NBC and NPR.  MIPO began their partnership with NBC in 2011, or since “the Romney Campaign” as Miringoff puts it.  Previously, MIPO has also completed polls for the Wall Street Journal and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

MIPO has also been busy with the release of their new Podcast series, “Poll Hub”, which features Lee Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, Barbara Carvalho, Director of The Marist Poll, and Jay DeDapper, Director of Innovation at The Marist Poll. Maringoff stated, “Since last August, we’ve started doing podcasts…and we just did our sixtieth.”  He went on to explain that each episode is about twenty to thirty minutes long, and has included distinguished guests, such as political journalist Harry Enten and New York Senator Charles Schumer.

The Marist Poll is located on the third floor of the Hancock Center on the Marist College Campus in Poughkeepsie, New York.  The organization currently employs over 300 Marist students.

Marist Abroad Introduces Freshman in Dublin Experience

Marist’s study abroad program is one of the college’s crown jewels, frequently lauded on tours and during info sessions.  This year, the international office will tack on another addition to Marist’s already impressive arsenal of international programs: the Freshman Dublin Experience.

The Freshman Dublin Experience (FDE) is a program that allows incoming freshman to spend their first year of school studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland.  The abroad office advertises that FDE is “designed for highly motivated freshmen who wish to pursue foundation course work in a study abroad environment while also allowing for a cultural exploration of Ireland.”  The features of the program are a testament to this statement.  Students will live at Binary Hub, which is 20 minutes away from Dublin Business School (DBS), where classes are held.  The program also includes excursions to Northern and Western Ireland.

Marist’s international programs have garnered national praise, but the administration at the international office believes that first-year programming is an increasingly important component of international education.

“Well-developed programs that offer students facilitated experiential and intercultural experiences are known to support their intercultural development [and their] ability to apply what they have learned to practical concepts,” says Gavin Webb, the director of international programs at Marist.

Webb also notes that the abroad office is happy with the reception of FDE.  “We’re very pleased with the interest in this new program,” Webb says.  “We currently have 28 students participating in our inaugural year.”

Marist already offers the renowned Freshman Florence Experience (FFE), but Webb says that FDE will offer programs that FFE does not.

“The program in Dublin compliments that of Florence since it offers coursework in majors such as IT & computer science or education that aren’t on offer in Florence,” Webb says.

There is a laundry list of young and bustling cities in Europe, but Marist Abroad felt that Dublin was the ideal destination for this new experience for a number of reasons.  For one, Marist already has established partnerships with institutions like DBS and the Foundation for International Education (FIE).  Students who have studied in Dublin before have also praised the city for offering a welcoming, friendly environment.

“I would say my favorite thing about Dublin was the general kind nature of the people,” said Jack McElduff, a senior who spent last fall at Griffith College in Dublin.  “They really welcomed me with open arms.”  He also said that the kind nature of the people allowed him to make friends quickly and easily, which is especially important for incoming freshmen. 

McElduff also noted that Dublin is a very navigable city.  “It’s an easy city to walk around in, and there’s no subways so that kind of helps you explore,” McElduff said.

The transition from life at home to life at school can be difficult for any new college student.  However, these students will have to adjust to college life in a foreign country, which can be especially overwhelming and nerve-wracking.  Marist Abroad has taken this into account, and has emphasized that there will be plenty of resources and support for these students. 

“Dedicated staff from Marist, FIE and DBS are there to support students through their academic and intercultural experience, and cultural adjustment to life in Ireland,” Webb said.  Of course, the adjustment to life in Poughkeepsie will also be challenging, but Marist Abroad has incorporated a re-entry phase of FDE that will allow students to critically reflect on their experience while integrating to life on Marist’s campus. 

“It’s a very brave thing for anybody to do, to study abroad as a freshman,” said Jean Hinkley, the coordinator for all first-year programs at Marist Abroad.  “If that’s your first introduction to college… I just think that takes a lot of courage.”

Fall Semester Generates Mix of Emotions for Freshmen and Seniors

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Almost a month since move-in day, the Fall 2018 semester has sufficiently sunk in and so have emotions about the school year ahead. Between moving into Marist for the first time as a freshman and preparing for the last year at college as a senior, both underclassmen and upperclassmen alike experience an array of emotions.

For freshmen, it is the adjustment process to a new school in an unfamiliar place with a different environment. For seniors, it is the thought of stepping out of the “Marist bubble” after getting accustomed to it for three years.

Student volunteers help out on move-in day to transport student belongings from campus parking lots to their on-campus housing. 

Making the transition from high school to college can seem daunting for most first-year students. In order to help assist incoming students, various parts of the Marist community are involved from move-in day to student orientations and welcome week events. Marist sports teams as well as the Marist Band traditionally help the incoming freshmen members to the team/organization who move in early due to summer camp/training. “I would definitely say that the water polo team has helped me the most adjusting. The other girls on the team have been so helpful and supportive.  They made this process 100 times easier for me,” said incoming freshman Gabrielle Gervasi.

As for the graduating seniors at Marist, the start of the fall semester ushers in a range of feelings from happy, sad, and everything in between.  While some are planning to further their education by applying to grad school, others are seeking out employment opportunities as they prepare for the final lap before entering the working world.

“I want to go to grad school to get my PhD in toxicology, but if not, I’ll probably take a year off to get more research/lab experience,” said senior Beatrix Bradford.

“If I don’t have a job, I already have a possible internship for May,” said senior Niccole D’Arco. “I’m just going to play it by ear and try not to let it stress me out too much,” D’Arco added.


A countdown device on display in Donnelly Hall serves as a visual reminder for senior students as graduation day approaches. A similar device can be found in Dyson Center.

“I will be working full-time and I plan to live in Manhattan,” senior Victoria Fetzer said, beaming. Despite her enthusiasm, Fetzer still feels anxious thinking about life after Marist. “I am lucky to have a job for after graduation, but I’m a little nervous to go into the real world.”

When asked, students were not short of words to describe their feelings of starting the fall semester. Nervous. Scared. Excited. Anxious. Overwhelmed. These five words were reiterated by both freshmen and seniors alike.

“I was most afraid of the workload,” said freshman Avery Homer.

Though D’Arco spoke of a similar sentiment about the school year, her uncertainties were directed elsewhere. “I’m scared of not being prepared enough for post-grad life.  I feel like I need an extra year of student experience,” said D’Arco.

Like a majority of college students everywhere, Gervasi cited overcoming homesickness as a huge part of the adjustment process. “I was most worried about being so far away from my family. Texas to Marist is over a thousand miles away, so that kind of freaked me out in the beginning,” said Gervasi.

Marist seniors knew those feelings. After reflecting on their own experiences, they shared advice for their freshman self in hopes of calming current freshmen year college fears.

“I can’t believe how fast college went. I feel like I was just a freshman,” Fetzer said with a laugh. “I would say don’t worry too much and just enjoy every second because it goes by so fast,” added Fetzer.

As students continue on the course of the semester, one feeling seems to resonate with Marist freshmen and seniors alike: excitement for what is to come.

Marist and Health Quest Partner to Form Medical School

What began as mere rumor became reality on Wed., Sept. 12, when President Yellen confirmed Marist College’s partnership with Health Quest to form its very own medical school.

“The Marist Health Quest School of Medicine aspires to become a nationally recognized leader in technology-enabled medical education,” President Yellen stated in a campus-wide email. “This unique partnership will push the boundaries of healthcare by focusing on where medicine is going, not where it has been.”   


Robert Friedberg, President & CEO of Health Quest, and David Yellen, President of Marist College, at The Marist Health Quest School of Medicine announcement at Marist College

According to the statement, Marist will be added to the list of only 151 other MD-granting medical schools in the country, and the school will become the first of its kind in the area between Albany and Westchester County.  

Health Quest is a nonprofit organization made up of hospitals and healthcare providers primarily in the Mid-Hudson Valley, whose four award-winning hospitals include Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center, Sharon Hospital, and the Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

The Marist Health Quest School of Medicine will be constructed on an l00,000-square-foot area within Poughkeepsie’s very own Vassar Medical Center, only a 5 minute drive from Marist.

“In many ways [the Marist Health Quest School] can help programs that are already here on campus,” explained Dr. Stephen Katz, Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Department. “It could benefit the psychology program, the business program, [and] people in the economics department who are involved with medicare and medicaid [because] now they’ll have a direct access line to that sort of information.”

Dr. Katz described the placement of the medical school on the Vassar Brothers campus as “appropriate,” as much of a medical student’s clinical work and patient care is done within local hospitals.  

Although the decision to go forth with the medical school was shared with select staff and administrators over a year ago, the recent announcement shocked many students.

“I was actually very surprised but excited [when I heard about the medical school] because this is a major accomplishment for Marist and its pre-health students,” said Kristina Thompson, a senior Biology Major with a pathway in Public Health. “This medical school now offers an opportunity that students have not had before.”

School of Science Dean Alicia Slater, who assumed the position on July 1, participated in the tail-end of the negotiation meetings with Health Quest, and believes the school’s completion will bring benefits to both Marist and the surrounding community.

“I hope that the school is going to attract more graduate [students] from across the country, and raise the national profile of Marist,” she said. “We’re going to see a lot of interaction between the faculty here on campus and the medical school students so that we can help produce medical care providers who are broadly trained.”

According to Dean Slater, the Marist Health Quest school will operate with a little more independence than the other departments because of its partnership with Health Quest.

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The Marist Health Quest School of Medicine building concept

Both Dean Slater and Dr. Katz proudly noted the fact that the college’s new doctoral  program for Physician Assistants saw its first graduating class have a 100 percent pass rate for its certifiable exams, making Marist’s decision to open its own medical school all the more timely.

“Marist has been highly supportive of our PA program; they have invested enormous resources, and given us enormous administrative support, and have helped us have a very successful new program,” Dr. Katz gushed.  “I have no doubt that Marist will insist on making [the medical school] a good program too.”


Bringing Designer Clothing to Campus

Rent the Runway (Rent the Runway), a high-end designer clothing rental program, has expanded their business and hired Rent the Runway College Ambassadors at Marist College to promote their program.

Rent the Runway is a high-end clothing rental service where customers have the chance to rent items monthly or even just for special events. This program once attracted an older clientele, but is now reaching out to college students. The Marist College Rent the Runway ambassadors are a new group to campus and have expanded from one ambassador last semester to five this semester. Junior, 20, Dylan Skinner, the Campus Coordinator for Marist Rent the Runway ambassadors, describes Rent the Runway as “Rent the Runway is an entirely new way to shop. There are so many people that want to experience high quality, designer pieces but cannot afford it. Rent the Runway allows you to do this! Not only are you saving yourself money by renting instead of buying, but you’re also being sustainable.”

As a Rent the Runway ambassador, Skinner is able to rent four free items a month and in return promote Rent the Runway. Receiving free clothing is a huge perk of this program, but many participants are fashion majors who are also excited to put a program like Rent the Runway on their resume. Skinner, who is also the designer and founder of Dylan Skinner Designs, spoke about how this experience will impact her future, “It is teaching all of us how to work on a team and spread awareness for a brand and cause that we can all stand behind…I truly feel as though we are all thrilled to be involved and work for a company that is so progressive and rewarding.This definitely gives me a better understanding for the type of environment I’d want to work in when I graduate: inclusive, dynamic, fun, and driven.”

Who wouldn’t want to save money and be sustainable? The fashion industry is infamously known to produce more waste than any other industry. Rent the Runway solves this problem by offering clothing as a service not a product. However, a clothing rental program can often be costly for students on a budget. By having a Rent the Runway ambassador program at Marist, students are able to have the opportunity to receive discounts and even free rentals from the Rent the Runway ambassadors, making wearing high end clothing more attainable.

Sophomore, 19, Rachel Maculloch, a Rent the Runway ambassador at Marist, explains how difficult it may be to shop on a college budget. “Designer brands are so expensive, and for some spending all that money for one event can seem unreasonable. Rent the Runway makes it so easy because you can rent items for so much less than if you actually bought them.” Marist College is home to many fashion merchandising and design majors, so having a program like this on a fashion school campus is a great opportunity for girls who love labels to shop on their college budget.

As the Rent the Runway program is gaining traction on campus, ambassadors are reaching out to other clubs like Fashion Inc. and Marist Ethical Fashion Initiative to gain awareness of the program and even offer Rent the Runway apparel and discount/free rental codes. However, reaching out to clubs doesn’t always attract the whole campus; ambassadors often use their personal social media presence to post about their program, the clothing they receive, and even offer their discounts to their followers.

Returning from Freshman Florence Experience creates a tough transition

Strolling the cobblestone streets, passing by Renaissance works of art, eating some of the finest cuisines, and enjoying the bustling city’s nightlife are a few privileges that students abroad enjoy in Florence. This lifestyle becomes a reality for freshmen choosing to spend their entire first year abroad. In nine months, these 18-year-old students have become Florentines. They have spent two semesters chatting up the locals, becoming café regulars, traveling Europe–all while forming close relationships with peers. But what happens when this magical year abroad ends? It is time to return back to America and pick up as a sophomore at Marist in Poughkeepsie.

Instead of eating in a quaint trattoria with the freshest food, students are now eating in the dining hall. The days of walking to class with street musicians serenading them are over. Now, the group is walking to class in a sea full of strangers.

Marist College implemented the Freshman Florence Experience over 10 years ago as a way to grant first-year students a unique cultural experience while pursuing foundational coursework. The program has been running for over 10 years, remaining a popular path to take.

An average of 40 students per year, partake in the program. “With 40 students, allows a strong relationship with faculty, and the student cohort members themselves,” said Alex Tom, associate director of international admissions.

Joseph Campisi, the assistant professor of philosophy in Poughkeepsie has taught in Florence for two semesters. He sits in his Fontaine office, starkly contrasting to his space in the historic, Renaissance city. Campisi enjoyed the tight-knit group that was formed between the “FFE’s.” “You have a fewer number of students, and so they all get to know one other. It creates a neat classroom experience since everyone is all friends with each other,” said Campisi. This is a blatant contrast to classes in Poughkeepsie, where a student often does not know anyone in the room.

Former FFE Aaron Todd explains one challenge of breaking away from the FFE group and trying to meet new classmates. “We were going from a super friendly, familiar environment–then returning back as a sophomore, the rest of the students already established their friends and weren’t as open to meeting people,” Todd noted.

Florence is a unique place. Therefore, there needs to be a differentiation between the year abroad and life at the New York campus. “Italy is not going to be Poughkeepsie and the second you start thinking it is, you are going to absolutely hate it here,” confessed Jackie Gruber, former FFE. It is important to remember that the two cities are clearly, not the same. Alex Tom (aforementioned) is an alumnus who participated in FFE. “When you come back from a year overseas, initially you think ‘wow Poughkeepsie is not Florence’ but that is obvious. There are more opportunities in the New York area that you’re not going to get in Italy,” Tom reassured.

Another difficult adjustment is the lack of nightlife for freshmen. FFE’s are legal to drink in Florence. But when they come back to New York, all of that changes. “I always worried about the social aspect for students returning back. They were of legal age to go to bars and clubs in Florence. When they get back they’re going from 60 miles per hour to 3 miles per hour,” Campisi said.

While the transition from abroad is quite the adjustment­–it is possible. Marist faculty try their best to make FFE’s feel comfortable. Three days prior to the semester beginning, orientation is held. “We do a lot to try to help the sophomores acclimate to campus here. We talk about the different resources available and each student is paired up with a mentor/former FFE,” said Jean Hinkley, coordinator of the Freshman Florence Experience.

“We would do things to acclimate, like have picnics by the Hudson River with the FFE’s,” Gruber said. It is a stark contrast to eating pizza on the Ponte Vecchio, overlooking the Arno River. However, creating some kind of familiarity helps FFE’s transition and resume their college careers back in the United States.

Abroad photo

Enrollment Changes Causes Admissions to Work Harder

Poughkeepsie, New York- Enrollment at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York has varied greatly; causing a quick response in the Admissions office to ensure the revenue does not change and to keep the institution in good financial standing.

Applications for admission to universities and colleges nationwide has increased the past few years but the yield, or the amount of students who actually attend the institutions, has gone down.  “There are many reasons as to why this is happening,” says Nicole Radasso, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Marist College. “We have noticed that prospective students are panicking and applying to more schools to ensure they have more options.  They are keeping financials in mind more so now than ever before also,” said Radasso. The student demographic at Marist College is made up of 46 states and 65 countries.

Marist College has increased their acceptance rate throughout the years to try and match the same number of students enrolled in the freshman class each year.  Although the acceptance rate now stands at 45% it is still fairly below the national acceptance average which stands at 68%, making the institution a “selective school.”  Roughly 11,000 students apply to Marist College each year and around 1,300 will be accepted with a slightly lower number actually enrolling.

So what else is Marist College doing to protect the enrollment?  “We’re doing well, we are looking into the future for different programs, and we are doing everything we can to enhance our undergraduate program,” says Radasso.  The college has met their projected enrollment number each year and that is what is needed to “keep the business running,” according to Radasso. Enhancing the graduate programs, the amount of scholarships the institution can offer,  and increasing the amount of programs offered are just a few ways the school is working to keep the revenue at the right rate.

Junior, Emily Marold, said, “although I now have more knowledge about tuition and the debt it can put you in, I still would never regret my decision to attend Marist.  It’s costly, but it’s for a good reason. It just motivate me to look for more scholarships and be a better student to obtain the academic scholarships.”