Marlboro, VT
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Reviews 246 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Dorms at Marlboro are a mixed bag. Out of the Way, for example, is really beautiful and spacious (and reserved for upperclassmen). Hendricks is also new and pretty. The cottages offer a measure of independence, while still being on campus (although there are issues with maintenance). Other dorms such as the Randoms, Howland, and Happy Valley are getting a bit decrepit looking, although almost all of the rooms are larger than at the average college.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Broomball. That's what really matters. Soccer and Skiing are fun, but only broomball draws the full attention of the student body.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I would say that the guys as a whole are more attractive. Nobody shaves, everybody wears greys/dark brown but the style is cool and fresh most of the time. DOn't come here expecting a good dating scene.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Everyone is white and middle/upper class. Recently things have gotten better--more international students in the past few classes, but not as good as it could be.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining hall does the best with what they can. There is one set of staff serving 230 people three times a day. So undercooked rice is to be expected, but the staff are super friendly and helpful if you need anything. Like if you want to bake banana nut bread, and have no bananas these guys are more than willing to help out.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Students at Marlboro are interested in and participating in a wide variety of things. They can party but it is not the main event. People are focused on their education.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very safe. Anyone not belonging on campus would be noticed immediately, it's such a small place. It's rare to have to call the town cops. Low key security and student safety personnel are all that's necessary for safety which is usually related to after hours health issues.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The rooming options range from standard dorm room to suite to cottage but are not uniform in size and or layout like they would be in a larger school. Most students live on campus or just down the road in the college owned cottages since off campus options are limited and inconvenient. My experiences have been good to great with roommates and the process is very personal although not as informal as you'd think.

2 College Junior

Parking: The parking problem is bad. They should let us park. We are free.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is nothing in the town of Marlboro. The closest towns of more than 700 people are Brattleboro and Wilmington. Both Brattleboro and Wilmington have decent food, but none worth the cost and cost in getting there.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Each student's curriculum is entirely self-created. We have no required classes. Students must submit 20 pages of quality, "clear" writing within the first year and a half of study. Portfolios are read and judged by at least two writing professors. But the Clear Writing requirement is the extent of Marlboro's curriculum hand-holding. This gives students a ton of room to be creative and follow their passions.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Our Outdoor Program (OP) is really cool. Randy, the back-woodsy but fatherly OP director, organizes a soccer and (forthcoming) a basketball team as well as the winter-spectacle, Broomball, as well as a million trips over the north-east.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am an economics major at Marlboro, but I am studying the Austrian school of economics, which is quite a different science (more of a philosophy) than what my professor is experienced with teaching. I end up researching a lot on my own without much direction. But I came here aware that I would be creating my own education plan, and so far my professor has been extremely supportive and helpful.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Marlboro's facilities are excellent. Many of the buildings were designed by very prominent architects. Campus has that traditional New England look of old, white farm buildings. But the traditional look is broken up by a few very modern-looking buildings like our library, the dance studio, "Out of the Way" residential housing.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing in the town of Marlboro is quite good, but you really need a car if you're living off campus, no matter how close the college is to the rental. Brattleboro housing is much less convenient, and students living there feel isolated from campus at times, especially the 6 months of winter! But those living in Bratt all really enjoy the life and culture of "the city life."

2 College Senior

Weather: I only give this a "C" because I think a lot of people would find it hard to live here. We have pretty intense weather from October on, and last year we actually had a snowstorm in October. We have ice storms, tons of snow, mud season, and weird apocalyptic winds. However, when spring is here, it is absolutely beautiful. If you like cold weather like me, you'll love it here all year round.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Marlboro provides semi-independent housing for its residents. This means we have one dorm that's a little further from campus that has apartment-style units with kitchens. Further, we have six cottages/cabins a little ways down the road, and two houses in the area dubbed "Whittimore House" and "Red House." Anyone living in these spaces can be off-meal plan.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The Dining Hall is OK. They have lots of vegetables and use a lot from our farm if they can. It's pretty much what you'd expect from campus dining, and the people who work in the kitchens are really nice. We also have a great student-run coffee shop, and a cookie drawer :D

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No Peer Pressure, but It's There If You Want It – At Marlboro College, no one is going to force you to do anything you don't want to do. However, if you want to get high, drunk, or alter your state of mind in some other way, the options are totally available to you. There are some people on campus that are completely chem-free, and there is chem-free housing, and then there are other people who love Adderall. It's really not a big deal either way.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Not Your Typical Major/Minor Set-Up. Majors and minors are really loose at Marlboro - everyone officially undertakes a Plan of Concentration. For Plan, it's common to have one or two larger fields of study, with one or two minor fields of study. I really enjoy the history education I'm getting - the main history professor at Marlboro is amazing. After one year of study I'm already designing tutorials to help with my Plan. While there are no specific internships for my major, I'm really happy with the offerings.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Brattleboro's small, but it's a really nice town. Cool places to go are the Twilight Tea Lounge, The Works, and Beadnicks. There are also a ton of cool bookstores.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining Hall Food. All the staff members in the kitchen are great, and working in the Dish pit is super fun though. That being said, some days are better for food than others. The kitchen staff always tries to accommodate for special diets, and there always Vegan and Vegetarian options.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Here on the Hill. After having completed my first year here, I can say I'm really happy with my choice. My absolute favorite part about Marlboro is the academics - I've been a bookworm my whole life, and Marlboro is a paradise for bookworms. Because of the structure and size of the school you get to foster really close working relationships with your professors. The classes are all super amazing, but they do require a lot of work. I've also met some amazing people here who've made me feel welcomed and appreciated. Some people find the Marlboro experience "claustrophobic," but the thing to remember is that a Marlboro education is what you make of it. If you make an effort to take your studies seriously and are enthused by an actively democratic community, Marlboro is awesome.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Whatever Crowd You Prefer. Peer pressure doesn't really exist at Marlboro, so don't ever expect to be pressured into doing drugs/alcohol here. There are no Greek groups on campus as well, so alcohol fueled shenanigans are kept to a minimum. Like most liberal arts colleges in the country, drugs are present on campus. That being said, if you want to stay away from drugs/alcohol there is a strong Chem-free community here.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Small and Self-Designed – Marlboro College is a small school, allowing students and faculty to form a small community of individuals dedicated to their academics. The school emphasizes writing skills, and each graduate leaves with the satisfaction of having created a senior project tailored to their interests. The professors are genuinely interested in helping students to self-design a program that caters to their individual passions and interests. The community is also self-governed, encouraging students to take an active role in participating in decisions regarding how the school is run. Marlboro is a truly unique place, and there is nowhere I would rather be.


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There is one thing you can be certain about: Marlboro College is not for everyone. It takes a certain person to come here and challenge themselves to an independently-created education. To give a student freedom and endless opportunity is often a scary concept. Additionally, to create a project that reflects four years of rigorous learning is quite the undertaking. But once embarked upon, a journey through Marlboro has infinite rewards.

Consistently growing in its respectable reputation, this school will forever strive to keep the learning process focused on and around the students. Walter Hendricks wanted to make education a conversation, and that's what Marlboro College continues to do. The College has yet to change its approach to learning. As a student at Marlboro, you can expect to be tossed around, treated like an adult, and taken to new heights. Not everything is possible at Marlboro, but once a student graduates, he or she has the power to imagine anything and act upon his or her dreams.

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