From the School

Marlboro College is a liberal arts college known for the rigor of its self-directed academic program. The philosophy at Marlboro is that of self-governance and empowering students who value learning for its own sake. The curriculum combines wide exploration in many courses within the first two years with more focused research and independent study in the second two years, culminating in a major body of work known as the Plan of Concentration. Marlboro College also offers numerous opportunities to study abroad through the World Studies Program, Asian Studies and other faculty-led programs.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 730
SAT Math
520 - 650
ACT Composite


Early Decision
November 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Character / Personal Qualities


From The School

The first two years at Marlboro are designed to give students the opportunity to study broadly in many different courses and areas. With the approval of their faculty advisor, students choose their own course schedules incorporating course work from all four areas of the curriculum: arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The one requirement every student must meet within their first three semesters is the Clear Writing Program. When a student moves from the sophomore to the junior year, it is referred to as going "on Plan."

The Plan of Concentration is what sets Marlboro's curriculum apart from other colleges and is Marlboro's alternative to traditional majors. Plans are often interdisciplinary and self-designed with faculty sponsors. In the junior year, Plan students spend time strengthening their knowledge in the particular areas of study on which they are focusing. In the senior year, students complete a great deal of independent study and research. Throughout the whole process of working on their Plan, students benefit from the close academic sponsorship they receive from faculty members.

Ultimately, evaluators from outside the college who are considered experts in their field are also included in the final assessment of a student's "Plan of Concentration".

The World Studies Program (WSP) integrates the best traditions of liberal arts learning and international studies with a six-to-eight-month working internship in a foreign culture. Students use their experiences abroad in their Plan of Concentration work. Students in the WSP design and carry out their internships in numerous fields, including photojournalism, business, education, relief work, development, anthropology, and scientific research, to name just a few. Graduates of the program have been accepted to many prestigious graduate schools, and more than two-thirds of the program's graduates now work or study in international fields. The World Studies Program operates in conjunction with the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, about 15 miles away from Marlboro's campus.

Students Say

Teeny tiny Marlboro College in Vermont offers a “self-driven, free, and intimate academic climate” with a “rustic feel.” With an average class size of just ten students, the school is all about creating a serious academic setting “where students are on equal footing with teachers and decide their own academic paths.” “I dictate my own academics at Marlboro; I have the freedom to seriously study most anything,” says one student. Marlboro’s unique academic system, the Plan, is “incredibly exciting”; through this curriculum, students “can focus right in, very specifically, on the particular books or ideas that interest them most.” The “incredibly sharp-witted and compassionate” faculty members at Marlboro “have strong personalities,” and relationships with professors are “really intimate (in a good way).” “By the end of a class—provided you participate—they know you well, and you know them well,” says a student. There’s definitely “a relaxed, humorous atmosphere that manages to coexist with the intense academics, somehow.” Discussions can run deep, and “there are few classes here in which the professor talks more than the students do.” There are also more than 200 tutorials at Marlboro, which are typically reserved for juniors and seniors; most are one-on-one, and depend on students taking charge of a subject, preparing for and leading a weekly meeting with the faculty member and completing a piece of research or production. In addition, there is a “town-meeting-style community government” in place and “lots of energy from staff going into projects outside the classroom.” Though no student lacks for attention or academic assistance, some admit that resources can be spread thin in some areas, including the “limited in number” professors; accessible as they are, some subject areas only have one professor, which means that “if you don’t get along with the professor in your department you can either suck it up, or choose a different major.” However, all of the “ingenious” professors are “great and really flexible. They just want to help.” Grades, “while something that happen,” are not considered important—instead the work students produce “is for our own pleasure and pride.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

David Asman '77
News anchor for the Fox Business Network and the Fox News Channel

Sophie C. Black '81

John W.Y. Chan ’82
Executive Director, Head of Informatics and Technology China Novartis Insti

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina ’72
host of the nationally-syndicated program “The Book Show” - Prof of Biograp

Dr. Arthur J. McEvily '81
Executive Vice President & COO, SunOpta BioProcess Inc.

Elizabeth Doyle Glenshaw ’81
Managing Director, Clean Yield Asset Management

Athar Khan '88
Delta Airlines, Director, NY Sales


From The School

For the 2011-2012 academic year, the fees are as follows:
Tuition: $35,250
Fees: $1,310
Room: $5,310
Board: $4,330
Total: $46,200


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

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Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

One particularly unique feature of Marlboro College is the college-wide Town Meeting held every three weeks during each semester. On these Wednesday afternoons, the whole College community, including students, faculty, and staff, gathers after lunch to discuss and debate any variety of college issues. Town Meeting's all-inclusive nature distinguishes it from more traditional student body governments.

Marlboro College is not the type of college that has a football team, unless you count a pick-up game of tag football. Instead, one of the most heavily used student activities is the Outdoor Program, OP for short. The OP offers a variety of activities from week-long orientation trips for new students to weekend mini trips, to winterand spring-break trips in tropical climates. Some of the popular activities have been rock climbing, hiking, rafting, kayaking, camping, yoga, intramural soccer, broomball and Ultimate Frisbee. The College also has an indoor climbing wall and regular intramural activities.

Marlboro College has no fraternities or sororities. Students enjoy a wide range of social, artistic, and cultural activities. A sampling of student activities in one semester would include performances by rock, folk, jazz, and ethnic bands; dances; lectures; poetry readings; recitals; plays; and concerts. Annual events that are considered traditions are Convocation, Cabaret, Broomball Tournament, Community and International Dinners, Gender Bender Ball and Apple Days.

Students Say

Marlboro is “a place where ‘the weird kids’ from high schools all across the nation congregate and make beautiful music together (often literally).” “There is no typical student. That’s the point,” says one. Students here are “functionally eccentrics,” “quirky,” and “ready to pursue their own passions.” There is a “high level of LGBTQ tolerance,” and most students here are “usually politically mindful and open to challenging his or her perspectives.” “It’s kind of crazy, and everyone likes each other,” says a student. There are people of all sorts, “from suits to rainbows, dreadlocks to comb-overs, you get the point.” Essentially, “there is nothing too weird for Marlboro.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


48% female
52% male
92% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time


From The School

Nestled in the foothills of southern Vermont, Marlboro College offers the benefits of living in the country, with more urban areas nearby. The campus is situated on the side of Potash Hill in the town of Marlboro, Vermont. Most of the 350-acre campus is deliberately preserved as natural forest with trails and streams running through the property. Our location serves to both inspire and inform the unique nature of our undergraduate experience.

Students Say

With just a few hundred students enrolled, there aren’t a lot of redundancies or waste. The dining hall is a central meeting place, where many students “hang out there for hours talking.” People also spend a lot of time in the library, which is open 24 hours and “functions as some people’s second home.” In this “intellectual yet casual atmosphere,” everybody “seems to be reading constantly,” and students “talk about books a lot, or articles, or things people have read on the internet.” “Class materials get inside people’s heads, and they seem to want to share it.” Parties do occur on weekends, though it’s not a huge scene; “It’s common to see people talk about epistemology while they’re drunk and dance while they’re sober.” “We party a bit, play lots of video games, watch a lot of movies, and sometimes go into town,” says one student. Athletics aren’t really very big (other than nearby hiking), and “most of time we like talking to each other.” People are “constantly philosophizing the state of things.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division

Student Services

Womens Center


Green Rating

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple and Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Jessica Nelson
Assistant Director of Admissions

Office of Admission
PO Box A, 2582 South Road
Marlboro, VT 05344-0300



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Rice-Aron Library
Whittemore Theatre
Rod Gander World Studies Center
Serkin Center for the Performing Arts
Persons Auditorium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Brattleboro, VT
Mount Snow, VT
South Pond, VT
Northampton, MA
Marlboro Music Festival, VT

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am and 2pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Informal information sessions with admissions counselors follow the tour.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Available Monday through Thursday nights. Preference to admitted students


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradley International Airport near Hartford, CT, is an hour and a half from campus (90 miles). Buses and Amtrak have stops in nearby Brattleboro (10 miles). Also, we are located 65 miles east of the Albany International Airport in Albany, NY. Free public transportation and campus shuttles are available between Brattleboro and Marlboro College throughout the day.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take Exit 2 off Interstate 91 in Brattleboro Vermont. Turn right off the exit onto Route 9 West. Go through West Brattleboro and drive 10 miles. After passing the Marlboro Elementary School on the left, watch for signs for the College. A sign with a left-turn arrow will indicate a turn off of Route 9 towards Marlboro College. Stay on the paved road (South Road) through the village of Marlboro to the College (approximately 2 miles).

Local Accommodations
The city of Brattleboro, Vermont features many lodging options, from quaint Bed and Breakfasts to popular chain hotels. A complete listing is available at Marlboro's website.
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Acceptance Rate
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