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Marist College one of the most underrated in the nation?

RedFox11RedFox11 Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
edited May 2009 in College Life
The school no one knows about. Marist is right on the Hudson River, already providing one of the most beautiful and unique backdrops for any campus in the nation and has some of the best on campus housing in the nation as they were featured on Good Morning America. Some of the suites look more like high end apartments than they do dorms. Marist was also ranked one of the nation's 50 best buys, has one of the nicest libraries in the nation ranked in the top 25 and was selected as one of the most "up and coming schools". The acceptance rate from the past year was only 37% putting Marist in a very competitive position. It's a private school with a small, close knit campus with a small student body of just under 5,000. Bill O'Reilly was among the alumni from Marist, and IBM also has a partnership with the school, always updating the technology to stay on the cutting edge. The school is Division I and sports are getting better as better recruits come. The Women's Basketball team is currently ranked #21 in the nation, and even went to the Sweet 16 a few years ago. The Men's Basketball team has been in the NIT, and a famous alumni is "The Dunking Dutchman", Rik Smits who was an All-Star with the Indiana Pacers in the NBA. Marist truly is one of the most underrated colleges in the nation right now. It's comparable with Villanova, Boston College, Providence College, Rutgers, Syracuse, etc. without the current brand name. Has anyone heard of this school? It seems like most people still haven't.
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Replies to: Marist College one of the most underrated in the nation?

  • Ilovesoftball44Ilovesoftball44 Posts: 1,497Registered User Senior Member
    It may be underrated but it is definitely not one of the most underrated and it is not comparable to Villanova, Boston College, Rutgers or Syracuse in my opinion.
  • bluebubblesbluebubbles Posts: 868Registered User Member
    Bill O'Reilly went there? No thanks.
  • x0erin3x0erin3 Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    I applied early action to Marist and am still waiting to hear back, but I'm not sure if I can afford it. I would love to go there though.
  • rsxwheeeeeersxwheeeeee Posts: 1,269Registered User Senior Member
    on the Hudson? You see the plane?

    I hear Marist is good for Comm/Journalism, so it gits muh respectz. :P
  • kryptonsa36kryptonsa36 Posts: 1,735Registered User Senior Member
    Bill O'Reilly went there? No thanks.
    Right, because the reason Harvard doesn't have 100% matriculation is that there are people who think, The Unabomber went there? No thanks. :p
  • LilyMoonLilyMoon Posts: 1,715Registered User Senior Member
    We visited Marist 2 years ago when my son was first looking at schools. He decided against it for a number of reasons. I don't think it's the most underrated college in the nation.
  • molly4190molly4190 Posts: 1,288- Senior Member
    You're not providing a great argument for why Marist should be rated higher.

    The suites look like high end apartments? It's a best buy? It has a nice library? It's small? The sports are good?

    All very nice reasons for going there, but that has nothing to do with academic quality or rankings. The IBM thing was a better argument. Anyway, Marist is def underrated but not the most underrated. It's a really good school, and I think the reason most people haven't heard of it is simply because it's small. Also, I wouldn't place it on the same level as BC or Villanova. The students from my HS who got into Marist were pretty much average B students. Nothing wrong with that...not every college is all about recruiting the A+ overachievers, B students need a place to go to as well, and Marist sounds like a great place to spend 4 years. If it was rated as an "up and coming" school, it will probably become more popular in the following years.
  • leprostaistleprostaist Posts: 227Registered User Junior Member
    Um, I know students you go to Marist because they weren't able to get into schools like Northeastern or BU... plus, Bill O'Reilley went there...
  • PlattsburghLoserPlattsburghLoser Posts: 5,487Registered User Senior Member
    Why do I feel like I'm reading the school's admission pamphlet?
  • SaveOnUndergradSaveOnUndergrad Posts: 137- Junior Member
    Ooh a retired mediocre basketball player in Rik Smits went there. So compelling. I happen to think that Butler County Community College is the most underrated school in the nation considering Stephen Jackson went there.

    Everyone thinks their school is underrated and the other guy's school is overrated. The truth is nobody cares because it's completely meaningless
  • mephist0mephist0 Posts: 734Registered User Member
    No thanks, the name is too similar to "Marxist College" for my likings
  • ZFanaticZFanatic Posts: 1,591Registered User Senior Member
    ^ haha. That's exactly how I read it. Then I read Marist and was like "Did they misspell that?"

    And that's why I opened the thread. Because I thought it was Marxist. lol
  • molly4190molly4190 Posts: 1,288- Senior Member
    O'Reilly also got his Masters from Harvard University, is Harvard a bad school?

    Just because you don't agree with someone's political opinion doesn't mean he's not smart. I don't know him, but he lives in my hometown and he seems friendly. Ann Coulter went to Cornell, George Bush went to Yale, O'Reilly went to Harvard - the top schools churn out both Conservative and Liberals (although they lean liberal).

    I wouldn't go to Marist either, but that's cause I wouldn't pay a lot of money for private college unless it's a top private college...otherwise, I'd rather go to state school, but that's just me.
  • large t-rexlarge t-rex Posts: 184Registered User Junior Member
    i wished i considered marist earlier.
  • copper889copper889 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    any opportunities for fruitful internships? any tangible examples of their track record in communications? are the professors currently working in the fields they teach? what is the story with campus security? I can't tell from their site if photojournalism is an option. okay, if you don't hike or want to go to one of the 3 or 4 bars, what's up? how often and what types of on-campus concerts do they have? does the campus have strong community service programs, examples? I hear it's "clicky" and not really tolerant of diversity --- no matter how you'd define that....? the school has been open for how long? surely it has turned out some folks that have made social, professional and political contributions? What is the 411 on study-abroad offerings?
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