Marist University

Programs: Fashion Deisgn, Fashion Merchandising

Address: 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Marist University

Founded in 1929 and located on the east bank of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York, this private liberal arts college of 5,300 students recently opened a branch campus in Florence, Italy, by partnering with the Lorenzo de’ Medici School. The Fashion Program at Marist College will help you put your finger on the pulse of the industry, and gain the skills, knowledge, and experience you need, to be a success.

The faculty in the program foster a nurturing atmosphere where each student receives individual attention and encouragement. The four-year curriculum encompasses a broad-based education containing a strong liberal arts core while also offering career-oriented courses specializing in design and merchandising.

Juniors may enhance their classroom experience by gaining practical internship experience at a prominent manufacturer, retailer, buying office, publication, or other support company.

They may also opt to participate in the Marist International Programs (MIP) by spending a semester in Paris, London or Florence.

Silver Needle Fashion Show

The Silver Needle Fashion Show is an event held every spring to showcase the talents of student designers, and it is the highlight of the year for the Fashion Program. In 2011 the show was followed by a presentation of awards and scholarships by Liz Claiborne, Cutty Sark, Young Menswear Association, Dominque Pino-Santiago, Mary Abdoo Fund, and many more.

The Fashion Online Learning Domain (The FOLD) is an exciting new virtual community that holds an academic windfall of everything fashion. It is open to students, working professionals, and anyone else interested in fashion. It is the first peer-to-peer Massive Open Online Course on how to spot fashion street trends with a continually growing list of free mini-courses about textiles, sustainability in fashion, design portfolio building and many more.

US News Rankings

In the 2013 issue of U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s best colleges”, Marist was ranked 8th in the category Regional Universities (North). For the tenth year in a row, The Princeton Review named Marist as one of the nation’s best schools in its publication “The Best 373 Colleges”. Marist is very selective. The incoming 2015 freshman class had only 30% of the applicants accepted.

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