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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's as ok as it can be considering we're so small. There's Happy Valley, which usually has something every weekend. Howland does too, but more on a personal/friend basis. Underage wise, we go by a "you're 21, right?" basis. But we all watch out for each others safety.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Happy Valley usually has something going on every weekend. It's a good way to get away from things for a few hours after a long week.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The courses are very interesting. There is a class called staging the apocalypse offered every few semesters. I want to take it.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: We're in a very white state. I mean VERY white. We joke about the one black person in Bratt, but it really is a problem. It isn't that we don't want a more diverse campus, and we're super accepting. But when a poc comes to this very white campus, I can see why they might think twice. I know we're actively working on trying to fix this though.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a fair amount of drinking and drug use. By drug us I mean pot. But, this is Vermont, and it won't be long before that is legal. Yet, for now it isn't, so technically there is a lot of drug use?

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have 1 or 2 cases of assault a year on average, which sounds huge on a small campus, but look at larger campuses. They usually result from partying and stupidity following alcohol/drugs. The school is working hard to prevent this, all incoming students have to attend seminars on a variety of campus safety/health issue, with a highlight on what consent is. Personally, I'm a female-bodied, female-identifying student who is totally comfortable walking from my car to my dorm (maybe a 5 min. walk) at 2 am with headphones in.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are no normal courses here! Or normal professors for that matter. The smaller sizes of classes (10 or less usually) are amazing, but do sometimes make it hard to have class when half are missing (2 people not there) and you're the only student. Luckily, that doesn't happen often.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I can't say for sure how a degree from this school would look. Most people haven't heard about us, but we're pretty academically rigorous, and our Plan of Concentration is basically like a grad-school thesis, so that should say something. Our Career-Center seems to have a lot of connections, however.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The rooms are pretty big in general, and even if you have a triple, you usually will only have two people living in the room.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't sports. We play broomball. That means we get a bunch of people drunk and go onto the frozen ice of the Fire Pond and wack dodgeballs with various stick-like object. Blood is inevitable. But its fun?

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm about to complete my second year here on the hill. Sure, it was harder than I anticipated, but my professors have been there behind me every step of the way, and were always there to help pick me up. They are all super understanding and do their best to make sure that everyone gets the education they deserve.

2 College Senior

Diversity: It's a very white school in a very white state. Despite that, I think those people of color who do go here would consider racism pretty rare. It's also rare to find someone who is anti-LGBTQ, though they do spring up more frequently than racist folk. Overall, the political standpoint is pretty progressive, but there are some radical conservatives and closed-minded, identarian liberals sprinkled in to liven things up.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Considering the ease with which drugs can be acquired and consumed around here, it's a pretty safe school. There is little to no peer pressure to consume drugs. It's really easy to avoid if you stay away from common party spaces. The presence of authority figures is scant, which in my opinion actually lowers the rate of binge drug use. People mostly just smoke a lot of Weed and Cigarettes.

That being said, there is also a substantial sober populace and specialized housing to accommodate them.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: People dig on campus housing a lot, but the truth is it's almost perfect. The dorms, which are admittedly a little run down, are spacious and architecturally interesting except for Marlboro Gardens, which is actually just a double-wide trailer. Everything is pretty close together. A long walk to class would be anything over 3 minutes here. Social atmosphere ranges from 'quiet, but genial' to 'downright raucous' depending on the dorm. Residents are a mixed bag. Some are great and also clean, but there are also quite a few spoiled kids who don't know how to clean up after themselves. As a result of that, some of the dorms are exceedingly dingy. The cottages and houses upperclassmen may live in are great except for their incredibly thin walls.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Marlboro is a strange institution. It's very much a 'black box theater' education environment in that if you are willing to put in the effort, there can be massive payoffs. You have a chance to work extremely close with professors which have connections in a wide array of fields. Play your cards right here, and you could probably walk right into an industry job no problem.

But because there is also not a lot of structure. The rules are loose and largely unenforced. The student body is composed almost entirely of social outcast/wallflower types. Grading is disparate between subjects and professors have wildly different curriculum structures. You are stuck on a mountain in the middle of nowhere and there isn't much to do in the immediate vicinity.

Some people thrive in the anarchy of it, but about 65% decide it isn't for them pretty early on. I would encourage you anyone to consider this school only if they value education, freedom, and personal space because you get all three in high doses.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Marlboro College isn't part of any athletic conference. We presently have 'anybody can play' teams in Basketball and Soccer that play ~6 games a year. Usually we play local colleges and adult club teams. People do go to the games. Soccer games, especially homecoming and Bennington Games, can get especially drunken and loud.

Overall, I would say more people spend time doing personal sports than team activities. We have a massive bouldering cave, a full indoor basketball court, two gyms (Boxing and Weight Training) and a staffed facility called Outdoor Program that rents pretty much any outdoor sporting gear for free. There has also been talk of constructing a skatepark, but this has been in the works for four years with no serious progress.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: there should not be an active fear of assault; incidents have been isolated and often the fault of alcohol/drug use. the policy used to be much more lenient on offenders which was awful but since they have been more closely followed things still have not improved in terms of health services/prevention

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: difficult to contain; the smartest an most interesting people you will ever meet; high and low times; a bipolar instituion; poor administrative action

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: if you are dedicated to a specialization the school will accommodate and find you outside help that isnt otherwise available instituionally; however as with many other liberl arts school it is possible to obtain a degree that is too narrow to be practical.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Chem free option for student housing, party dorms are less clean, less rules by individual charter, off campus options nearby, housing in the town of brattleboro nearby (20 mins) and wilmington (15) are also available but not ideal in late winter due to weather

4 College Junior

Athletics: Only actual teams are basketball and soccer, HOWEVER we have a 24 hour gym and weight room and an Outdoor Program department that lends equipment for free including tents, sleeping bags, and skis, etc. There further is a boxing gym, a full basketball court, a fencing club, an indoor rock wall, and in winter broomball is popular. Soccer games are infrequent but a major event and rather rowdy.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Full of nerds very into their subject/field. Socially and geographically isolated. Look forward to close friends and small, sometimes way-too-intimate parties. Don't look forward to the absurd snow and ice in winter.

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.

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1 College Freshman

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

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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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