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Marlboro, VT
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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.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The college is located near the town of Marlboro, a tiny place with a wildlife museum, post office, and fire department. A (free) 20-minute drive away is Brattleboro, a small artsy city with some pretty nice thrift stores, restaurants, tea and coffee lounges, a great natural food co-op, and a really awesome art-deco movie theater. There are many opportunities for all kinds of outdoor sports in the area, and I've never felt unsafe walking alone at night. Everyone here is pretty friendly.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Potash Hill – Marlboro College is on Potash Hill, which is about 20 minutes from the town of Brattleboro. Going to Brattleboro is too much of a hassle for much of the student body, and in winter, pretty much everybody stays on the hill, all the time. That said, it's a beautiful campus with acres and acres of forest and miles of trails.

Niche User

Local Atmosphere: It's a very quiet town, but at the same time, it's a very active town. There are lots of cultural affairs, from gallery walks to performances to jazz combos. You learn to enjoy it once you learn your way around.

Niche User

Local Atmosphere: Marlboro is very serene. The closest gas station is 10 miles away. We're pretty tucked away from everything, but we still have everything we need (the outside world) in neat, hip, happening Brattleboro, which is only 20 minutes away.


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Marlboro is considered to be an isolated, cloistered, and somewhat cabin fever-inducing college. It is on the top of a mountain 20 miles from the nearest town. It gets cold and a little too familiar in the winter months. You can expect to see the same people every day, and "every day" literally means turn the corner, and there they are again. Students who live on campus tend to get a little itchy for outside interaction just about all the time. Luckily, the town of Brattleboro is just down the mountain. In this eclectic hippie village you can find all sorts of fun things. There is an enormous collection of bookstores, a handful of cafés, and lots of great restaurants. The most popular hangouts are Mocha Joe's Café, the Latchis Theater, the Twilight Tea Lounge, and Brattleboro Books. People often call Brattleboro the "Metropolitan Extension of Marlboro" because you can expect to see all of your classmates and teachers in town at any time.

Though convenient in many ways, Brattleboro is still 20 minutes from campus and is only big enough to sustain itself. Most everything closes before 7 p.m., and there aren't a lot of happening clubs or hangouts for students. With that being said, about 90 minutes away is the town of Northampton. There, you can find all the amenities that Brattleboro cannot offer.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Marlboro is approximately 20 miles up the mountain from Brattleboro—the distance a horse and carriage used to travel in a day.
  2. Each September, the small town of Marlboro has an annual fair where students, residents, and other unique characters come together and celebrate.
  3. Many of Marlboro's long-term faculty resides in and around the town of Marlboro.
  4. At Sweeties, Marlboro's only gas station, with a great deli and store, the owners call most everyone by their first name.
  5. On average, the town of Marlboro is 10 to12 degrees colder than its valley neighbor, Brattleboro.
Notable Natives
Tasha Tudor – children's book author and illustrator
Local Slang
  • Brat: "Brat" is not your irritable roommate, it's short for Brattleboro.
  • NoHo: "NoHo" is the clever abbreviation for Northampton Massachusetts. Though cool and artsy, it is not Soho. But it's definitely more than just so-so (ha!).
  • Sketchy: Southern Vermont may be the origin of the term "sketchy." At Marlboro, and in much of the state, the word "sketchy" refers to an uncomfortable or shaky situation, person, or experience.
Points of Interest
  • Green Mountain National Park
  • Historic Brattleboro
  • Mt. Snow
Shopping Centers
  • Downtown Brattleboro
  • The Outlet Center
Movie Theaters
Latchis Theater
50 Main St.
(802) 254-6300
Major Sports Teams
New England Patriots: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Burlington: VT: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Did You Know?
It is said that Whoopi Goldberg vacations here in springtime.

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