Marist College vs SUNY New Paltz?
I'm debating between Marist and New Paltz and every time I think I've made a decision I completely break down and start from square one again.
I guess I'm just looking for some guidance and looking to hear what people have to say about both schools academically, socially, aesthetically, the whole nine yards. Even tell me about the food if you feel it makes a difference.
I'm basically looking for anything that would help me make up my mind.
I'm going to be a psych major and I'm looking to eventually get my PhD. The thing that's great about Marist is that it has a 5-year psych program. I could end up getting my masters in 5 years there. Marist also has a campus in Italy and a great study abroad program that I love and would definitely take advantage of, it's pretty, and the townhouses and the housing (after freshman year) looks phenomenal.
The reason I'm apprehensive is because I've heard that the student body at Marist is homogeneous. Everyone seems to be rich, white, and from either Long Island, New Jersey, or Connecticut or the like. I just don't want to endure high school all over again. (I'm from a rich white town on Long Island). I've never really fit in with the whole stereotype of my school (one that was rightfully created) and I'm very open minded and different, I guess. I'm just looking for more people who are different.
That's where New Paltz saves the day. The New Paltz atmosphere is perfect for me. Absolutely perfect. Very open-minded, very hippie-esque, very accepting. I've been told "if you can't make friends at New Paltz, you're doing it wrong". (plus New Paltz is half the tuition of Marist)
I just wish I could transfer the entire New Paltz student body to Marist and call it a day but life doesn't work that way unfortunately.
I want to know what you guys think. Do you feel that New Paltz is up to par with Marist academically? If I choose New Paltz over Marist will I be sacrificing an awesome education for a mediocre one? Is the student body at Marist as homogeneous as I've heard?
What would you do if you were me? (I know I have to make my own decisions and this is my life and my college experience but I'm just looking for any info that would tilt the scale because right now I'm 50/50)
Last edited by mandyvee77; 03-08-2012 at 06:34 PM.