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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.

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Overview

Applicants
120
Acceptance Rate
97%
Average HS GPA
3.09

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
10%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
10%
2.00 - 2.49
10%
1.00 - 1.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Action — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Application Essay
Non-Academic

Interview

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
5:1
Total Faculty
43
with Terminal Degree
30

23
Women
20
Men
8
International
3
Minority

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

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Area Studies, Other.
  • Area Studies.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • Ethnic Studies.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies.
  • French Studies.
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies.
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Pacific Area/Pacific Rim Studies.
  • South Asian Studies.
  • Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other.
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.
  • Ecology.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Programming.
  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General.
  • Computer Science.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • American Literature (United States).
  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other.
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth).
  • General Literature.
  • Literature, Other.
  • Literature.
  • Writing, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Applied Linguistics.
  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Writing.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Algebra and Number Theory.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, Other.
  • Mathematics.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Islamic Studies.
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, General.
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.
  • Philosophy, Other.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics, Other.
  • Physics.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Comparative Psychology.
  • Developmental and Child Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.
  • Psychology, Other.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • American Government and Politics (United States).
  • Anthropology, Other.
  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Economics, Other.
  • Economics.
  • Political Economy.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Political Science and Government, Other.
  • Political Science and Government.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology and Anthropology.
  • 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.
  • Dance, Other.
  • Dance.
  • Directing and Theatrical Production.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other.
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts.
  • Fine and Studio Arts.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Music, Other.
  • Music.
  • Painting.
  • Photography.
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting.
  • Sculpture.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other.


Students Say

Tucked away in bucolic southern Vermont, Marlboro College promises “academic freedom” and a strong “sense of community.” And it delivers both in spades. Students love that their curriculum is entirely “self directed” in that “you can study whatever you want in great depth.” That’s right—there “are no required classes” here. While the academics are stellar across the board, undergrads make special mention of the “writing program,” which many maintain is “one of the strongest... in the country.” “Small” class sizes are another highlight of a Marlboro education and everyone is privy to “one-on-one attention.” While classes can be “rigorous,” professors here have the uncanny ability to “bring the coursework to life.” They also know how to push undergrads to “work harder and achieve more than [they] ever thought possible.” And they can quickly become both “a mentor and a friend.” As this grateful student concludes, “Marlboro is not only a place to receive a quality education from dedicated, inspiring teachers, it is also a place where you learn to grow as a person, where everyone forgives your flaws and celebrates your victories, so that when you graduate and have to face the world, you are prepared and confident.”

Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty

Jay Craven
Professor, Film/Video and Movies from Marlboro

Meg Mott
Professor, Politics and Speech Matters Program

William Edelglass
Professor, Philosophy

Roberto Lugo
Professor, Ceramics

Jenny Ramstetter
Professor, Biology

Prominent Alumni


Chris Noth '78
Actor

Noah Levinson '05
Founder of Calcutta Kids

Molly Booth '14
author (Disney-Hyperion Publishing)

Sean Cole '93
Producer, This American Life

Emily Hood Ferrin '03
Program Director, Resident Scientist

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina '72
Pulitzer prize nominated author, Dean of Commonwealth Honors College U Mass

Cate Marvin '93
Poet, Guggenheim Fellow

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,587

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,707

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,411

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$36,494

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,870
Required Fees
$970
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

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,385
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
183
Foreign Countries Represented
4

Demographics

1.15%
Asian
4.02%
African-American
2.87%
Hispanic
77.59%
Caucasian
7.47%
Unknown
1.72%
International

54% female
46% male
11% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

Marlboro tends to attract the type of people who could easily be defined as “curious creators” and “intellectual explorers.” Indeed, students proudly proclaim that their peers are “extremely passionate about what they are studying” and really “engage with the material.” Even better, what’s truly “unique about Marlboro is that students don’t just come here to earn a degree so they can get better jobs or progress in their fields; every single person on campus genuinely wants to make a difference, and they actively take charge of their education and utilize it to make a change.” Therefore, it’s not surprising to learn undergrads also report that their classmates are “politically active,” “progressive,” and “very liberal.” Beyond those attributes, the college is a nice mix of “creative-artsy types and outdoorsy-and-environmentally involved students.” Some people do call out the fact that there’s “a disproportionate amount of wealthy people.” However, many also note that diversity, economic and otherwise, is slowly improving. And regardless of their background, undergrads rejoice in discovering that their peers are all “friendly,” “lovable weirdos” who maintain “an unparalleled sense of community and fraternity based on mutual respect and a shared sense of responsibility.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
66%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

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

Students Say

We won’t mince words; academics definitely take priority at Marlboro. Students frequently assert that “everyone here works very hard.” Nevertheless, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. For starters, many undergrads like to kick back in the “pool room with ping pong and shuffleboard.” They also tend to flock to the Campus Center “where open mics are held and movies are shown.” Additionally, Marlboro hosts weekly events such as “lectures, workshops, informational sessions, and performances.” A number of individuals here are “devoted to activism” as well. In fact, “there are several student interest groups that address specific issues or meet to brainstorm solutions to various social problems on a local and global level.” The college is also great for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s surrounded by “forests” and students love “walking in the woods.” Plus there’s a robust “Outdoor Program” which provides “gear, games, [and] tools” along with sponsored excursions. Of course, it’s not a problem if you’re more of an indoors person. After all, there are plenty of “impromptu game nights” that arise. And once the weekend rolls around, there “are always parties” to be found. Finally, when undergrads are itching for a break from campus life, they can head “to the neighboring town of Brattleboro, where there are book shops, thrift stores, art galleries, etc.”

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


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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Michael Campitelli
Associate 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
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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