College Snap Shots

In an effort to provide Burlington High School students and their families with relevant and up-to-date college information, the Guidance Staff will be visiting various colleges and universities and providing you with information. The colleges visited do not represent a preference on the part of the BHS Guidance Department towards any particular school.

In the college search process, many things are taken into consideration. Things that are considered, but not limited to are: campus size, location, number of students on campus, majors, tuition, distance from home, athletic programs, clubs and other activities. When considering a college, students must also make realistic decisions based on personal interest, grades, test scores, etc.

The department feels that the college visit is an integral part of the process, and we strongly encourage students to visit any and all schools that interest them, especially if these schools are fairly close by. The information we provide is only a small snapshot into each respective college. We hope to add information about other schools in the future, and as always we appreciate any feedback that you have that would help us provide our students and their families useful information in the sometimes overwhelming college search process.

Furthermore we ask that students also research colleges by using their Naviance accounts and scheduling meetings with their counselor on a consistent basis. Please feel free to contact your son or daughter's individual counselor if you have any further questions.

Monday, April 2, 2012


College/University Name:  Marist College

Visit Date: May, 2007
Vistor:  Ms. Diozzi

*No pictures - sorry!

Location:  Poughkeepsie, NY right on the banks of the Hudson River.  Marist is located 45 minutes by train from New York City and about 3+ hours from Burlington by car. (It is a beautiful drive.)
Population of School:  4100 students
Campus Type:  Suburban 

Average admitted GPA:  3.4+ SATs:  in the 1700-1800 range (2400 scale)

              Applied            Admitted              Enrolled
2011:            3                         0                         0
2010:            2                         0                         0
2009:            1                         0                         0
2008:            1                         1                         0
Snapshot Info:  Founded by Marist brothers in the 19th c. – but it is no longer religiously affiliated. Strong arts programs (drama, music, fashion). In fact, they recommend at least one year of Fine Arts for Admission.  40% of students study abroad.  At the time, I did not ask what the most popular majors were, but Marist is very strong in communications and business and is becoming more popular for digital media.  1/3 of all students apply “undecided,” and 50% who apply with a major change their mind at least once prior to sophomore year.
The look and feel of the campus was very "homey" and pretty.  The campus feels like an oasis in the middle of Poughkeepsie. The most beautiful feature of the campus is that it is located right on the banks of the Hudson River.  The architecture on campus was very eclectic and parts of Poughkeepsie are very depressed. 

Overlap Colleges: Fairfield, Providence, Loyola, Villanova (for Mass.: Stonehill, Northeastern).  *In some ways, it seems like a more of an "artsier" suburban version of Merrimack College. I feel that this college is a great fit for many BHS students and wish more would apply.

Academics & Housing: No TAs, no lecture halls.  97% live on campus in dorms, apartments or townhouses (often for all four years). Housing in later years is awarded by merit (participation, grades, no disciplinary issues)

Culture of the school: 50% of students identify themselves as Catholic, 55% are female, and 14% are students of color.  Impressions of the students were that they were happy, preppy, down-to-earth and sports-oriented.  It was a beautiful day when I visited and the lawn/quad was filled with kids socializing, studying, playing frisbee and enjoying the spring weather.  In some ways, it felt like a college version of BHS.  No Hillel and there were limited vegetarian options in the cafs.  13% Greek life.

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