Marlboro College Summary

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The Dining Hall and Mather Building

Basic Statistics

Marlboro, VT
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
79 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Dedicated community
  • Professors
  • Diverse interests and personalities
  • Conversations

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Friday night dinner
  • Snow following 70-degree weather
  • The price of tuition
  • The hike to the library

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Marlboro Student Reviews

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: The Kitchen Staff is incredible. They are friendly, approachable, and always looking for suggestions. They directly respond to the needs and wants of the community. Unfortunately, they can only work with what the administration provides them, but they absolutely do their best, and they consistently provide delicious food.

The Coffee Shop is really hit-or-miss. It's all student workers, and they vary greatly in skill level. It has been slowly increasing in overall quality, though.

2 College Junior

Diversity: The community is almost exclusively white, upper-classes people from suburbs in New England, who in their late teens and early twenties.

I could count the number of nonwhite students off the top of my head. It's absolutely not that more diversity is unwelcome; in fact, the community has been trying to brainstorm ways to increase diversity. It just doesn't seem to be happening.

When it comes to sexual orientation on campus, being queer is completely fine, normal, and perhaps even expected. However, the college is only recently dealing with issues of gender identity, and several trans* students have expressed that they felt uncomfortable with the college's atmosphere at times.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Most people leave their doors unlocked. Violent crime is pretty much non-existent on campus, and theft is a very rare occurrence. People will routinely leave their laptops, smartphones, etc. laying around in a public space for days at a time, completely unattended, with no ill results.

Sexual assault does happen. It's not the "stranger jumps out from a dark alley" kind of sexual assault (which is not a very common type to begin with). It will happen at a party when people have had a lot to drink and cannot properly consent. It is not a very frequent occurrence, but when it does happen, it is EXTREMELY poorly handled by the college's administration. We have recently hired several new staff members and taken many steps towards improving how we handle it as a community, though.

Overall, the Marlboro campus itself is very safe. The only people up here are students and college employees.

Brattleboro can be a little seedy in places.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship through the college. To be honest, I don't know many people who have. It seems like the administration is helpful in providing those opportunities, though. There is a class offered each semester entitled "Finding an Internship" so I imagine it is easy to acquire one.

4 College Junior

Majors: The style and quality of the program you're in depends a lot on your advisor (later your "Plan Sponsor"). Because we're very small, we typically have only one faculty member for each degree field (bar writing). For example, if you are studying Psychology, you will be working with Tom Toleno, and that's pretty much your only option. If you are studying Philosophy, you will be working with William Edelglass, and that's pretty much your only option. How much you enjoy the program really depends on how well you jive with that particular professor.


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