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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
161
Acceptance Rate
96%
Average HS GPA
3.08

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
30%
2.50 - 2.99
11%
2.00 - 2.49
4%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT Test Scores

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

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
44
with Terminal Degree
35

23
Women
21
Men
6
Minority
5
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

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

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.

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
58%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

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

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$51,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$100,500

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$51,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$100,600

Percent STEM
13%


Students Say

The career path for a Marlboro students is typically a long one: more than three-quarters of Marlboro undergraduates go on to graduate school, which is a relatively seamless transition given the nature of the courses. Students can easily supplement their studies with research and experience: “I've been able to practice paleography of early medieval manuscripts, analyze Marlboro College's food sustainability, work in the woodshop, and in one class visit an apiary and ferment our own foods,” says one student. The Plan is rigorous and requires an oral defense, making it akin to a “master's-level thesis.” The school's Clear Writing Requirement is “no joke” and requires submission of a portfolio of clear and concise writing samples for approval by the faculty, which is an excellent tool for a student to have in their belt; there are “ample opportunities to practice and improve on one's writing.”

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,494

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,266

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,387

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
77%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,747

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

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,481
Required Fees
$944
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
$11,930
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
196
Foreign Countries Represented
6

Demographics

1.58%
Asian
3.16%
African-American
3.16%
Hispanic
77.37%
Caucasian
7.37%
Unknown
2.11%
International

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."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
82%
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

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
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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