Academics

Location
Marlboro, VT
Undergrads
236
Tuition
$37,640
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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

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.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Flexible With Accessible Professors – The curriculum at Marlboro College is unique because it is largely self-designed, culminating with a large senior project. Marlboro encourages students to study broadly and draw parallels between a variety of interests. By junior year, many classes are conducted as one-on-one tutorials. The professors are incredibly accessible and willing to work with the students to make courses interesting.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Very Challenging – Classes are hard and you will be worked extremely hard but the education you receive is incredible.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: As Good as It Could Be – At Marlboro, their are usually fewer than ten students to a class. If there are more, they probably wrote to the professor to get into the class. People take their academics seriously, and the professors are great. And if you aren't impressed with the curriculum, you can design your own classes and coursework, and it can be one on one with a professor or you can invite all your friends.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 240th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 252nd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 260th
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

If there is one thing Marlboro College is known for, it's a passion for learning. The kitchen staff learns from the professors. The dean of students learns from the custodial crew. The president learns from the students. It's a circle! The students have created a community at Marlboro College where learning is an everyday adventure. Classes are built around informal conversation, which means every voice has an opportunity to be heard. Marlboro gives students the confidence they need to find their own way. Students are encouraged to study broadly but also to keep their own interests and passions in mind. By the end of your years, you will have incorporated all of your classes into one comprehensive project. "The Plan" is one of the most sought-after assets Marlboro has to offer. Can you imagine applying to graduate school having already research and prepared your own thesis?

This may sound a little too utopian, but with a small community of 300, if you're not fully invigorated by your studies, someone is going to take notice. When class sizes average at 10 students, skipping the reading will just not cut it with your professors. Of course, with such incredible expectations, your homework load is going to be more than average. But if you keep up with your work and speak your mind in class, you'll most definitely rise to the occasion.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
6:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
42
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
38
Total FT Faculty
42
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$56,112
Full-Time Retention Rate
68%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
67%
Programs/Majors Offered
70
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 100%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 0%
  • 50 or More Students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Philosophy: 5%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
  • Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Campus Center
  • Dorm common areas
  • Outside (when not in blizzard conditions)
  • Rice-Aron Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be open-minded about meeting new people.
  • Check out the OP.
  • Do your reading! Don't show up to class and try to BS your way through the discussion. At Marlboro, you won't blend into the woodwork.
  • Get a head start on your work.
  • Get involved in the community, and go to Town Meeting!
  • Go for a hike in the woods as often as possible.
  • Go to class.
  • Participate in community events.
Did You Know?
  • Marlboro College has no required courses.
  • Marlboro's founder, Mr. Walter Hendricks, was a student and close friend of Robert Frost. He modeled Marlboro's unique conversational learning style after the intimate chats he had with the famous poet.
  • All students that graduate from Marlboro will have completed a two-year project called "the Plan." This thesis-like undertaking can include any subject and will incorporate all aspects of your four years at Marlboro.
  • Every student at Marlboro has a faculty adviser who will give you all the guidance you'll need.
  • When Marlboro was first founded, Walter Hendricks would randomly come out of his office and ring a bell signifying "there will be no class today." We now have a scheduled vacation called "Hendricks Days."
  • Marlboro offers juniors and seniors the option of one-on-one tutorials with faculty where virtually any subject can be explored.

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