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Marist College Admission Requirements

Poughkeepsie, New York

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Your chances of getting into Marist College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Marist College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Marist College is 59.9%.  Its admission rate is the 45th lowest in New York.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Marist College and can you get accepted?

Marist College is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 6,944 out of the 11,583 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 18 percent on standardized admission tests. Marist College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.56. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Marist College?

60% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Marist College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.56 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1280 on the SAT
  • Score 27 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Marist College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Marist College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Marist College are to have around a 3.56 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Marist College accepts 60% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Marist College is 3.56 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #41 in New York for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Marist College is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Marist College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 16.35% Good
3.50 to 3.74 49.06% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 30.19% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 4.25% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.16% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Marist College SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Marist College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 21% of students submitted SAT scores and 5% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Marist College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 613
Math 25th Percentile 583
Composite 25th Percentile 1196
SAT Scores for Marist College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 680
Math 75th Percentile 680
Composite 75th Percentile 1360
Average SAT Score 1280

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Marist College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Marist College is 1280 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1196-1360. Students who get into Marist College score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  Marist College ranks #26 in the state of New York and #181 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1280 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Marist College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1196 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1196, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1110, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Marist College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1280 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1278, you have around a 60% chance of being admitted. A 1360 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 74% chance of getting in.

Marist College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1360 and Above Good >74%
1278 to 1360 Avg + 60%-74%
1196 to 1278 Avg - 44%-60%
1114 to 1196 Reach 29%-44%
Less than 1114 Low <29%
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Marist College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Marist College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 25
Math 25th Percentile 24
Composite 25th Percentile 26
ACT Scores for Marist College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 31
Math 75th Percentile 27
Composite 75th Percentile 29
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Marist College?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Marist College is 27, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 26 and 29.  The school ranks #39 in New York and #247 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 27. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 26 and score in the score in the top 18 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 24.

5 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Marist College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Marist College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Marist College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 27 score has around 60% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 78% with a 29 ACT score.

Marist College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >78%
27 to 29 Avg + 60%-78%
26 to 27 Avg - 49%-60%
25 to 26 Reach 39%-49%
Less than 25 Low <39%
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High School Class Rank

81% of Marist College freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 48% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Marist College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 20%
Top 25% of class 48%
Top 50% of class 81%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Marist College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,089 4,494 11,583
Accepted 4,233 2,711 6,944
Acceptance Rate 60% 60% 60%
Enrolled 748 524 1,272
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 19% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Feb 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 147 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Feb 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Marist College is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Marist College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Marist College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Marist College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Marist College is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.56 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1280 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1360 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 27 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=192819 IPEDS survey data for Marist College.


Does Marist College prefer SAT or ACT?

21% of students submit their SAT scores to Marist College. 5% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Marist College?

60% of those who apply are granted admission to Marist College. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Marist College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1196 and 1360. The average SAT score is 1278. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Marist College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 29. The average ACT score is 27. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.