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.


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.


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
1.00 - 1.99

Need to boost your grades? We can help.

Learn More

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 600
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 660

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 620

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 15

Early Action — January 15

Other Admission Factors


Application Essay


Selectivity Rating

Get a personalized plan for a competitive application from an admissions expert.

Learn More


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
Art History
Asian Studies
Computer Science
Cultural History
Environmental Studies
Film/Video Studies
Gender Studies
Liberal Studies
Painting, Drawing, and Mixed Media
Visual Arts
World Studies

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


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Area Studies
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • 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
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Ecology

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

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

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • American Literature US)
  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • English Literature (GB)
  • General Literature
  • Literature
  • Literature
  • Writing, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • 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
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

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

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

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

  • Physical Sciences

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

  • Psychology

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

  • Social Sciences

  • American Government and Politics (United States)
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Other
  • Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Political Economy
  • Political Science and Government
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Sociology and Anthropology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dance
  • Dance, General
  • Dance, Other
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine and Studio Arts
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • 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

Marlboro College is a small liberal arts college located in the mountains of southern Vermont and a place for "relentless pursuit of intellectual and personal growth through close relationships between faculty and student[s]." With no core requirements, Marlboro has a "student-designed curriculum" that demands "students be self-driven and passionate about their academics." "You aren't being put through a system, you are creating your own path." This student body is made up of "mature intellectuals who are hungry to learn" and people who are "quirky, conversational, open-minded." Professors generally "not only offer academic support and advice, but they are there to support you in attaining general goals" and "passionate about pushing students to stretch our comfort zones, to be our best, and to provide us with a practical, enriching degree after four years." Students fondly describe close relationships with professors, most of whom are on a first-name basis given the school's small size and the even smaller size of classes (usually around ten students). In keeping with Marlboro's progressive ideals, students say that professors have "pushed [them] to think outside of the box and open up [their] mind[s] to look at things in a different perspective." Some students lament, though, that the school needs more professors in general.


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

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


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

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

Career Services

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


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For the 2016-2017 academic year, the fees are as follows:
Tuition: $39,086
Fees: $944
Room: $5,948
Board: $4,854

Total: $50,832

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. Applicants should contact the Financial Aid Office directly to request a financial aid packet, which includes step-by-step instructions. The priority deadline for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is March 1. The financial aid office can be reached at 802-258-9312 or


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


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 winter and 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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



48% female
52% male
88% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Students Say

Current students affectionately refer to the Marlboro student body as "the island of misfit toys," but one where everyone is accepting and accommodating of differences. The small campus size engenders a sense of community. "In short, we look after each other." Some students do call for more racial diversity, though others say that the campus is slowly becoming less white." Student report that Marlboro prides itself on its total acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. Overall, Marlboro students say that they "have strange passions and unusual hobbies, and tend to view the world around us with an insatiable curiosity."


From The School


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, 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/gymnasium, Whittemore Theater, Rice-Aron Library, the Campus Center and Total Health Center, and the Serkin Center for Performing Arts. The new Snyder Visual Arts Center adds 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 one 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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

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

Students Say

Life at "Marlboro College is all about curiosity and community and friendship." In between the rigorous academic work, there are "performances, talks, and exhibitions on campus that students fill their non-class time attending," and some even make the drive "to nearby schools such as Smith, Williams, and Harvard to see bigger-name speakers or to attend larger conferences." With its pristine—but isolated—mountain setting, outdoor activities are a big draw at Marlboro, from hiking to "ice climbing, snowshoeing, canoeing, whitewater rafting, [and] rock climbing." Sometimes the isolation can be daunting but students throw elaborate theme parties, though "it's never as much about being wacky or weird as it is about deconstruction and surrealism." And while "there is a strong focus on individual interests, [there is also an emphasis] on how each individual contributes to a strong community."

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


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

Michael Campitelli
Associate 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
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.

Articles & Advice