Poughkeepsie – For the fifteenth year in a row, Marist College is ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in the northern United States in the latest edition of the annual U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Collegesguide.
For the first time, U.S. News also identified "colleges and universities that have recently made striking improvements or innovations – schools everyone should be watching," including Marist College.
Marist was tied for 13th out of 171 colleges and universities in the northern United States that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s level programs. This is the highest ranking Marist has achieved in the U.S. Newsrankings, up one spot from last year. Marist has moved up six places over the past seven years.
also named Marist one of 70 "schools to watch" nationwide. The magazine notes these "colleges and universities (were) identified by top college officials in spring 2008 as schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus, or facilities."
Marist President Dennis J. Murray said, "It’s always very gratifying to have others tell you how well you are doing, and to have your peer institutions recognize the progress Marist has made over the years. The credit for the success goes to our faculty and staff who work everyday for the benefit of the students who choose to be part of the Marist community. It is their dedication that brings this increased recognition to Marist."
Vice President for Admission and Enrollment Planning Sean P. Kaylor noted these rankings serve as external affirmation of the quality of Marist’s academic programs and the college’s reputation as a "hot school" among high school students and their parents, leading to an ever-increasing number of inquiries, visits, and applications.
Nearly 9,200 applications were received for admission into the Class of 2012, an increase of 870 in just one year. The college accepted only 38 percent of these applicants, making this the most select class in Marist history and placing Marist among the 150 most selective schools in America.
Marist will welcomed 1,039 first-year students to campus on August 31st. Students from 29 different states are represented in this class. An additional 191 students will transfer to Marist for the fall semester. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors arrived on campus on September 1st, and classes began on September 2nd.
The U.S. Newsrankings were based on data collected on students who applied for college admission as first-year students in 2007.