From the School

Marlboro College is an intentionally small, intellectually demanding liberal arts school located in southern Vermont. Home to 300 students, Marlboro empowers students with the freedom and responsibility to create an individualized course of study in collaboration with faculty members and to participate in a self-governing community. Instead of traditional majors, students pursue a self-designed Plan of Concentration based on their academic interests, culminating in a major work of scholarship. Students graduate having completed a profound intellectual journey, and go out into the world with greater self-reliance and the skills needed to forge their own career path or pursue graduate-level study.

Overall

From The School

If you are looking for an intentionally small, intellectually demanding liberal arts school where students are seen, heard, known, and valued, Marlboro College would be a great college choice for you. Marlboro assesses student potential in the unique context of each applicant's experience, without the confines of GPAs or standardized test scores. There is no formula for what makes a student a "good fit" for Marlboro, but applicants are reviewed with an eye towards intellectual promise, self-motivation, self-discipline, and ability to positively contribute to our community.

Students may apply to Marlboro under three different application plans.

Early Decision: Deadline-November 15; Notification-December 1
Early Action: Deadline-January 15; Notification-February 1
Regular Admission: Rolling

Please note that if you are applying for financial aid it is important to file the FAFSA by March 1.

In order to be considered for admission, please submit the following: a completed Common Application and Marlboro College Supplement with the "Why Marlboro?" personal statement (or the optional Marlboro College Application, if you are not already filling out the Common Application), the $50 nonrefundable application fee, all high school and college transcript(s), an expository writing sample, and two letters of recommendation (teacher and general). An interview is required for all students. Submission of SAT or ACT scores is optional.

Overview

Applicants
256
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average HS GPA
3.11

GPA Breakdown

8%
Over 3.75
10%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
35%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 730
SAT Math
520 - 650
SAT Writing
530 - 680

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

Rather than follow a prescribed academic program, Marlboro students work closely with faculty advisors to map out an individualized course of study based on their intellectual interests. This approach allows students to study broadly and creatively across disciplines before embarking on their self-designed Plan of Concentration, an in-depth examination of a focused academic area that culminates in a major work of scholarship. By taking ownership of and responsibility for the scope and topography of their intellectual exploration, Marlboro students learn how to define a set of goals, develop a comprehensive plan to meet them, and work through the obstacles that inevitably arise along the way. They employ initiative and grit throughout the process and emerge at the end with a joyful sense of accomplishment, heightened confidence, and invaluable experience.

Marlboro's faculty members bring an extraordinary degree of commitment, passion, and academic mentoring to their teaching endeavors. Beyond the traditional classroom setting, faculty members interact with students through one-on-one tutorials, Plan advising sessions, service-learning trips, and collaborative projects ranging from scholarly papers to films. Whether participating in Town Meeting or composing original music for a promotional video, faculty members make significant contributions to the vitality and spirit of Marlboro's learning community on a regular basis.

Whether their academic interests lean toward Russian literature or contemporary dance, students write prodigiously over the course of their time at Marlboro. Within their first three semesters, students must fulfill the Clear Writing Requirement, which involves submitting a portfolio of clear, concise, and grammatically correct writing samples for approval by the faculty. Marlboro's focus on helping students develop their command of the written word speaks to the college's underlying focus on clear thinking, which is both a product and reflection of clear writing. Whatever career paths Marlboro students forge, they all benefit from the ability to process complex information and effectively communicate their ideas to others.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Marlboro College empowers undergraduate students to create an individualized course of study in collaboration with faculty members. Based on their personal academic interests and goals, students study broadly across disciplines before embarking on a self-designed Plan of Concentration that culminates in a major work of scholarship. This approach allows students to take ownership of and responsibility for the scope and structure of their intellectual exploration. Degrees offered include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and, through the World Studies Program, Bachelor of Arts or Science in International Studies. Our degree fields are:

American Studies
Anthropology
Art History
Asian Studies
Astronomy
Biochemistry
Biology
Ceramics
Chemistry
Classics
Computer Science
Cultural History
Dance
Economics
Environmental Studies
Film/Video Studies
Gender Studies
History
Languages
Liberal Studies
Literature
Mathematics
Music
Painting, Drawing, and Mixed Media
Philosophy
Photography
Physics
Politics
Psychology
Religion
Sculpture
Sociology
Theater
Visual Arts
World Studies
Writing

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

Student/Faculty
6:1
Total Faculty
47
with Terminal Degree
43

28
Men
19
Women
6
International
5
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
1%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Asian Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Writing

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


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

Sophie C. Black '81
Poet

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

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For the 2015-2016 academic year, the fees are as follows:
Tuition: $38,320
Fees: $910
Room: $5,830
Board: $4,760

Total: $49,840

Financial Aid

As a very small, private liberal arts college, Marlboro makes a conscious and continuous effort to keep tuition and fees as affordable as possible. In recent years, we've increased the amount of need-based grant aid provided to students and increased other awards for financial aid. Today more than 90 percent of full-time Marlboro students receive some form of financial assistance. We are also proud to report that in recent years the Marlboro average student debt has been more than $5,000 below the national average. Applicants should contact the Financial Aid Office directly to request a financial aid packet, which includes step-by-step instructions. The deadline for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is March 1. After that date, the college cannot promise a full financial aid package. The financial aid office can be reached at 802-258-9312 or finaid@marlboro.edu.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
73
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,667

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,908

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,490

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,051

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,269

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,300
Required Fees
$1,340
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,000
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

Marlboro College operates based on a model of community governance. Students, faculty, and staff play an integral role in shaping campus life through their participation in Town Meeting, a monthly assembly during which college-wide issues are discussed and brought to vote. Students also serve on committees in areas ranging from curriculum development and faculty hiring to public art and food services.

Campus life at Marlboro College correlates directly with student interests. Extracurricular groups and activities evolve yearly with each incoming class. Through this ongoing collective creation of community, Marlboro students develop valuable skills in teamwork and community organizing as well as a strong sense of civic investment.

One of the most popular resources for 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.

For a small campus, 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 include midnight breakfast, Wendell-Judd Cup cross country ski event, Work Day, President's Fall Ball, Trails Day, 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
240
Out of State
92%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

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

Overview

From The School


Location

Marlboro College's setting in rural southern Vermont provides students with space for quiet contemplation as well as myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation. With 40 miles of trails on or near our 300-acre campus, and the Green Mountain National Forest nearby, students have easy access to hiking, mountain biking, skiing, caving, climbing, and kayaking (among other activities). Each season includes Marlboro traditions such as Apple Days in the fall and the broomball tournament in winter.

Tucked on its own Potash Hill, the college is an integral part of the town of Marlboro, a community of less than 1,000 where many staff, faculty, and students are active citizens. Some of the many benefits shared by both the college and the town include a volunteer fire company, a community newsletter called the Marlboro Mixer, cross-country ski trails, the Marlboro Historical Society, the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, the Marlboro Community Fair, and the January Book Swap. Marlboro is also the site of the world famous Marlboro Music Festival, which occupies the campus during the summer.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The core of campus buildings is made up of historic farmhouses and barns, renovated into classrooms and dorms by the first students who attended Marlboro. These include Dalrymple Hall, which is the main classroom building; the dining hall; the admissions building; and Mather, the administrative building. Over many years the college has added more buildings, including residence halls, student cabins and cottages, Persons Auditorium/gym, Whittemore Theater, Rice-Aron Library, Campus Center and Total Health Center, and Serkin Center for Performing Arts. The new Snyder Visual Arts Center, scheduled for completion in 2015, will add exciting new gallery, studio, and classroom space for the integration of visual arts with other disciplines. Other facilities include an integrated science lab, a DNA lab, a computer lab, and a digital media lab.

Off-Campus Opportunities

With the vibrant town of Brattleboro just 10 miles away, Marlboro students have easy access to many resources and activities. Brattleboro is an eclectic community located in the Connecticut River Valley and a regional center for art, commerce, and technology. It was listed as one of the "20 Best Small Towns in America" by Smithsonian magazine, one of the "10 Best Small Towns in America" by Fodor's, and in the top 10 in the book The 100 Best Art Towns in America, with many galleries, music venues, bookstores, and performance spaces to experience. Among the blocks of historic red-brick buildings you can find cozy cafes and four-star restaurants featuring local fare and international cuisines, including Thai, Korean, Greek, and Italian. Mother Earth News named Brattleboro one of "Eight Great Places You've Never Heard Of", and it's college-town feel was recently highlighted on Vermont Public Radio. Vans run from the college into Brattleboro multiple times a day and trips to Northeastern cities such as Northampton, Boston, New York and Montreal occur several weekends each semester.

Student Organizations & Activities

Marlboro College operates based on a model of community governance. Students, faculty, and staff play an integral role in shaping campus life through their participation in Town Meeting, a monthly assembly during which college-wide issues are discussed and brought to vote. Students also serve on committees in areas ranging from curriculum development and faculty hiring to public art and food services.

Campus life at Marlboro College correlates directly with student interests. Extracurricular groups and activities evolve yearly with each incoming class. Through this ongoing collective creation of community, Marlboro students develop valuable skills in teamwork and community organizing as well as a strong sense of civic investment.

One of the most popular resources for 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.

For a small campus, 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 include midnight breakfast, Wendell-Judd Cup cross country ski event, Work Day, President's Fall Ball, Trails Day, broomball tournament, community and international dinners, Gender Bender Ball, and Apple Days.

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
84%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
85
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
74

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
22
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
0

Sports

Athletic Division
None


Student Services

Health
Womens Center

Sustainability

Green Rating
66

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
5

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jessica Nelson
Assistant Director of Admissions

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

Phone
800.343.0049

Email
admissions@marlboro.edu

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
Monday-Friday
8:30am-4:30pm
800.343.0049

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Informal information sessions with admissions counselors follow the tour.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available Monday through Thursday nights. Preference to admitted students

Transportation

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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Key Stats

256
Applicants
240
Size
79%
Acceptance Rate
1230
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists