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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not very many places to rent in Marlboro but there are some nice places in Brattleoro.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't really anywhere to eat that isn't 30 min away.

1 College Freshman

Administration: Res Life tries to set all these rules but has no way to uphold them.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had a lot of trouble getting the scholarships that were promised me.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: I am not a fan of the parties at Marlboro. There aren't really enough people to make it entertaining and the same few songs get played at every one.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Coffee Shop is wonderful, if a little pricey. The main dinning hall is not as good. All the food is well cooked and they use mostly local ingredients but the options are limited.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some of the rooms are very nice, but some are very small. The bathrooms are absolutely horrible and not every dorm has a kitchen or laundry.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: 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.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Marlboro is a cozy little county of ~700 people that the students actually have little to no interaction with. When people say "Town" they are referring to Brattleboro 99% of the time (though Wilmington is a couple miles closer).

Brattleboro is really where all the local attractions are. Restaurants, stores, galleries, and the like. Many students live in Brattleboro. In fact, is is VERY difficult to make a trip to downtown Brattleboro without running into at least one Marlboro student, and seeing a couple others from afar.

It is a deceptively large place. Brattleboro is technically home to 12,000 people, though it feels MUCH smaller. Most students only hang around the downtown area, where the attractions are pretty conveniently located. It has a very warm and creative atmosphere. An overall pleasant and quiet place.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The campus buildings are all very nice in their own ways. Many are repurposed barns or farmhouses. Some buildings are new and sexy. They are all within walking distance of eachother (MAXIMUM ten minutes between the two farthest buildings, and that's if you're really slow). The campus is very charming and cozy in general.

Most places are open 24/7, and you can pretty much always find hanging out in every building at any time of day or night. People pull all-nighters and sit around in their common rooms, the library, the campus center, the dining hall, the science building, etc.

Every building is painted white.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The academic program is very unique. There are no core requirements, so you're never forced to take a shitty class that you don't like just to get some bullshit credits. You last two years are spent working on a Plan of Concentration, which is a large-scale Senior project (somewhere around 100 pages worth of very high-quality essays, though it can be more or less depending on what other independent projects you include, such as a computer program, or a dance performance, or something similar). Classes are tiny; almost always 5-15 people, and that's not even counting Tutorials, which are typically just you and your professor 1-on-1.

The social scene is interesting. The school is small enough that you will know pretty much everybody on a first-name basis. There are still distinct social groups (cliques, you might call them), but these groups tend to blend, bleed, and overlap to a pretty large degree.

The location is stellar. If you are a lazy shut-in, the cold Vermont winter will give you a perfect excuse to stay inside all day and relax. If you are an adventurous, outdoorsy-type, then you'll have access to miles of trails and beautiful mountain views.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Only had a year here, but I love it. Come visit and seek out students - they'll tell you that Marlboro is about learning and growing and having a good time doing it.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Fantastic and dedicated staff provides stellar meals with an emphasis on vegan/veggie folks. We just signed the Real Food Challenge - google that.

5 College Freshman

Parking: We live in the woods.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People look out for each other. I wouldn't consider this an issue.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Simply stellar. We have the best professors in the country (check Princeton Review) and a passionate bunch of students. It's why I (and many other students) came here in the first place.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty if you're willing to drive to Brattleboro, Wilmington, or elsewhere.

College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics aren't a focus here. But there's a basketball court (indoor or outdoor), a soccer field, great skiing trails, an ice rink, and good running opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I walk into our dining hall with beer as a 19 year old and have a beer with dinner if I want to, any night of the week. It's great and trusting.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: While sexual orientation and gender issues provide a lot of diversity, socioeconomic/racial diversity are pretty poor. Students do come from all over the country. Coming from the south does not make me feel like an outlier, but rather an appreciated member of the community with a different background.

It's tough to transition to all the whiteness coming from a 75% black high school. VT is really white, unfortunately.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We're working a lot on our sexual health system here and making it better. So I think there's a lot of good energy about making Marlboro the safest place it can 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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