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If you’re a B/B+ student looking for a state of the art campus, innovative academic programs, global studies and experiential learning, Marist is the place for you. Earlier this week, I met with admissions officers and toured the campus along with IECA colleagues, Becky Grappo and Julie Gross. Highlights are many…the school (4,245 students) located on the banks of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York is recognized as one of the “25 most connected campuses” in the nation by both The Princeton Review and Forbes. With a long standing partnership with neighbor IBM, Marist has been an early and consistent proponent of the use of technology campus-wide. Undergraduate programs are offered in a wide range of majors hard to find at other colleges including athletic training, communication (advertising, public relations, sports communication, journalism), computer science, digital media, and fashion design/fashion merchandising. Internships are at the core of Marist’s philosophy with students strongly encouraged to try out a potential career or two or three before graduation. And, an extensive global perspective is represented by Marist’s International Program with connections to 40 colleges in 20 countries. Of special interest: 1) Marist College in Italy offers a full, four year campus experience at their own branch campus in Florence. Also aligned with Scuola Lorenzo de’ Medici, students can choose a degree in Fine Arts, Studio Art, Digital Media, Conservation Studies or Fashion Design; and 2) Marist’s two week Summer Pre-College Program offers students an opportunity to try out college life, earning three credits in a wide variety of disciplines. What I especially like about this program are the corporate site visits (IBM, Cisco, Fashion District) and executive lectures (ESPN, Time Warner Cable) that take learning outside of the classroom. Finally, if you are in the top 5 to 7% of the applicant pool, expect an invitation into the Marist Honors Program. Go to www.marist.edu to learn more.