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Marist Graduates heading to top tier Colleges and Universities

Published:  September 14, 2017

BAYONNE, NJ – Harvard University, Georgetown University, and the United States Naval Academy are only a few of the top-tier colleges and universities that the 2017 Marist High School graduates will be attending. Marist again boasts a 100% college acceptance rate for the Class of 2017. A complete list of colleges and universities the class will be attending is listed below:


Berkeley College

Caldwell University

Centenary University

College of St. Elizabeth

Drexel University

Essex County Community College

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Felician University

Five Towns University

Fordham University

George Mason University

Georgetown University

Goldey Beacom University

Hampton University

Harvard University

Hudson County Community College

James Madison University

Johnson and Wales

Kean University

Kings College

Manhattan College

Mercy College

Montclair State

Morgan State University

New Jersey City University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

North Hampton Community College

Nova Southeastern University

Rutgers (New Brunswick)

Rutgers (Newark)

Seton Hall University

St. John’s University

St. Joseph’s University

St. Peter’s University

Stockton University

Syracuse University

Temple University

University of New Haven

University of Scranton

United States Naval Academy

Virginia State University

William Paterson University




The colleges above not only represent the efforts of the students themselves, but the efforts of the Marist School Counseling Department and staff. The Counselors assist students from freshman to senior year at every step of their college search, ensuring they are accepted into college and have the opportunity to continue their education. Staff and faculty members also play a crucial role in guiding a student toward the college they want to attend.


Sydney Tse ’17, who will be attending the United States Naval Academy, experienced this first hand and credits School Counselor Ms. Nancy Heymer, history teacher Mr. Terry Fitzgibbons, and her classmates with assisting her through the Naval Academy application. “It was the most intense application imaginable,” said Sydney. Sydney added:


“I want to thank Ms. Heymer and Mr. Fitz for their help throughout the process. This was not the first time Ms. Heymer had sent someone to the Naval Academy, so she knew the process and was always very accessible. Mr. Fitz served in the Navy and was able to answer any questions I had about the Navy. I also had five interviews throughout the application process, so he was able to prep me for all of the interviews.”


Sydney also said the encouragement and support from her classmates helped her push through the intense process. “I have great friends and classmates. We have a great sense of community because we are always pushing each other to succeed and be better, and then encouraging and congratulating each other on our accomplishments.” Sydney will be leaving for Plebe Summer, the freshman orientation program at the Naval Academy, at the end of June.


Sydney’s comments allude to the personality of the Class of 2017. As many educators will attest, each graduating class has a distinct personality. Kate Vovor ’17, who will be attending Harvard University to study Applied Mathematics, summed up the personality of the Class of 2017 in her Valedictorian Speech by stating, “We aren’t just any ordinary class – we are resilient and resourceful.”


The Class of 2017 has been through many obstacles throughout their four years, from the passing of fellow classmate Kylin Polhill at the beginning of their freshman year to the recent efforts during the Save Marist NJ Campaign. But throughout everything, the class has persevered by achieving tremendous success throughout their four years and helping others around them achieve success as well.


In her speech, Kate encouraged her class to continue the trend that they started at Marist. “Our responsibility leaving Marist is to extend help to everyone, just as Marcellin Champagnat did,” she said. She concluded her speech by stating, “Remember to have faith in people and faith in ourselves. Let’s do ordinary things in extraordinary ways.”


Congratulations Class of 2017 and good luck with all of your future plans!

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