Marlboro, VT
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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.

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.

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.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Embrace the Out-Doors and Your School Work – All of the facilities are oriented around getting work done and getting out. The two strongest facilities on campus are the Out-Door Program and the Library. The Library is gorgeous and has a variety of places to study from group work rooms to nooks and individual desks tucked away in the corner. But the best part is that it is open 24-7! This may seem superfluous but it's really valuable when you get the early morning inspiration after partying hard on a Saturday night or want to work an all nighter and watch the sunrise when you finish.
Secondly, the out doors program is insane. They keep all of the miles of trails groomed for hikes, biking and skiing. They have all of the gear you'll need to be active. There are plenty of school-sponsored trips to everything from rock climbing spots to protests in NYC.
As far as other facilities go, we're pretty much average except that all spaces such as work out rooms and the campus center are open 24/7.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: It's Ok – It's ok. That's really kind of it. If you want to take a class, chances are, as long as you're a junior or senior, they'll design a tutorial. You'll have to work really hard, but you'll definitely learn lots. There's not much variety here, though. Everyone acts very individual and like themselves, but we all kind of tend to be similar selfs. There can be tons of drama, especially if it snows and everyone's trapped on campus. It's a small campus, with a small student-body. Everyone on campus either loves or hates Marlboro, so it's kind of difficult to have the 'it's ok' opinion.

One thing that is fantastic is that you WILL be accepted for whatever you are, and you'll be loved for it. So long as you put yourself out there, others will take you in and be fantastic friends. It's all about being yourself in the truest sense of that, not in some who-can-be-weirdest kind of way. It gives you a great way of looking at the world.

One not-so-fantastic thing is that it is very difficult to actually see the world from inside Marlboro. It's extremely isolated, and it's difficult to get away. there's a different mindset that happens on campus, where cabin fever is definitely present and drama is thick in the air and something of a competition is taking place. You will hear everyone's drama, and many people seem to forget that there is a whole wide world outside of this school and, well, themselves. It's the kind of isolated place that forces you to reflect on yourself. Constantly.


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Marlboro College: land of the reconverted dairy farm. That's right! The academic building, dining hall, administrative offices, health center, admissions building, and even one of the dorms used to be part of a working dairy farm. The land was donated when Marlboro was founded, and ever since, students and staff have been working to rebuild the old parts of the farm into a thriving college space. Almost everything here is white clapboard. The insides of the buildings are, for the most part, homey and warm. There is wood everywhere, with soft lighting and lots of heat (a necessity for Vermont). Even the dance studios, performing arts building, theater, art studios, sculpture barn, and music building all have this glow about them.

Most facilities at Marlboro are adequate. There's a place to paint, a place to dance, and a soccer field to play "Marlboro-style" soccer. We have a weight room, a sauna in the woods, and an Outdoor Program with equipment for any trip imaginable. But most things at Marlboro are used and used again, like a rustic summer camp. Here at Marlboro, everyone has what they need to learn and be happy, but high-tech expensive facilities are not in the near future, nor do most students want them to be. Every time the issue of "a television on campus" comes up, students vote to keep it out. Everyone is satisfied to work with what they have.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
360 acres
Student Centers
The Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Rice-Aron Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Campus Center
  • Dining Hall
  • Dorm common areas
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
In the Campus Center
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but the Dining Hall has a projection screen and sound system.
"Green" Initiatives
Marlboro College has a silver ranking for sustainability.
School Slang
  • Brat: Not your pesky roommate, just a nickname for Brattleboro
  • The Chelsea Royal: The closest and best eating place available to students
  • LARPers: Live-action role-players; people who dress and act as if they were someone or something else (e.g., cats, Irish settlers, dungeon knights, Renaissance royalty, etc.)
  • Mather: The administrative building
  • NoHo: Northampton, MA
  • OP: The Outdoor Program (both a building and a program, actually)
  • Select Board: The group of community members responsible for Town Meeting and our system of self-governance
  • THC: Total Health Center, Marlboro's health clinic
  • Town Crier: The elected announcer of events and happenings on campus. The Town Crier announces at lunch and dinner.
  • Town Meeting: Marlboro student government. Every member of the community is a part of Town Meeting.
  • Cabaret: The seniors last bow to the College, Cabaret is held twice a year as a "roast to the student body" given by soon-to-be graduates. Mock awards are given to students, and competitions are held, including "best tattoo." It's a raunchy get-together with lots of drinking, smoking, and fun.
  • Contra Dancing: Every year, at the beginning of the semester, a local band comes up to Marlboro, and the Dining Hall is transformed into an old New England dance hall. Traditional Northern line dances are led by a caller, and new and returning students come together to practice their two-step and swing. Most participants leave dripping with sweat, but it's a great time!
  • Five Fires: A party given by upperclassmen at the beginning of every semester with five bonfires, live music, and lots of getting to know each other.
  • Orals: After seniors have had their outside evaluator and their plan sponsor assess their plan, many students and faculty will pop open champagne outside of Dalrymple and toast the newly accomplished graduates.
  • Peacocks: A Marlboro student recently created his plan on various peafowl, and brought numerous peacocks to campus. They still roam around to this day, and have become a unique aspect of our campus life. They are Himalayan peacocks, so the winter is their normal climate. Additionally, during mating season, you can hear their calls in the early morning hours.
  • Town Meeting: Our community meets every third Wednesday to discuss all issues of government. Sometimes we pass language, nominate community members for committees, or vote on where our funds should go in support of student/faculty projects. The Select Board is in charge of running the meeting, and a moderator keeps us in order.
Urban Legends
Emily Mather, the daughter of one of the farmers who originally occupied the property, hanged herself in the barn which is now Dalrymple. She is said to haunt the building, the path to Howland, and Hendricks House.
Favorite Things To Do
Marlboro always has something going on. There are lectures, plenty of performances, music recitals, dance pieces, plays, movies, and other creative and exciting events that involve just about the whole campus. We’re pretty tight-knit here, and there is always buzz going around about where to go and what to do. Most performances occur in Whittemore Theater or Persons Auditorium. Also, lectures and movies are shown in the building known as “Apple Tree.” Outdoor Program trips, skiing, playing four square, watching movies, reading
Student Newspaper
The Citizen
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No


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