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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.

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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5 College Junior

Academics: Literature students are spoiled at Marlboro. All the writing and Literature professors are the most brilliant people to work with who care deeply about their students. You will not get a better understanding of Literature, nearly any kind, at another school.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The academics are intense at MArlboro. They are challenging and exciting, but you get to study what you are interested and passion towards and that freedom allows amazing work to happen. The professors expect a lot from students, but it pays off and is enjoyable.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Each student's curriculum is entirely self-created. We have no required classes. Students must submit 20 pages of quality, "clear" writing within the first year and a half of study. Portfolios are read and judged by at least two writing professors. But the Clear Writing requirement is the extent of Marlboro's curriculum hand-holding. This gives students a ton of room to be creative and follow their passions.

5 people found this useful Report

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If there is one thing Marlboro College is known for, it's a passion for learning. The kitchen staff learns from the professors. The dean of students learns from the custodial crew. The president learns from the students. It's a circle! The students have created a community at Marlboro College where learning is an everyday adventure. Classes are built around informal conversation, which means every voice has an opportunity to be heard. Marlboro gives students the confidence they need to find their own way. Students are encouraged to study broadly but also to keep their own interests and passions in mind. By the end of your years, you will have incorporated all of your classes into one comprehensive project. "The Plan" is one of the most sought-after assets Marlboro has to offer. Can you imagine applying to graduate school having already research and prepared your own thesis?

This may sound a little too utopian, but with a small community of 300, if you're not fully invigorated by your studies, someone is going to take notice. When class sizes average at 10 students, skipping the reading will just not cut it with your professors. Of course, with such incredible expectations, your homework load is going to be more than average. But if you keep up with your work and speak your mind in class, you'll most definitely rise to the occasion.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
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Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 100%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 0%
  • 50 or More Students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Philosophy: 5%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
  • Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Campus Center
  • Dorm common areas
  • Outside (when not in blizzard conditions)
  • Rice-Aron Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be open-minded about meeting new people.
  • Check out the OP.
  • Do your reading! Don't show up to class and try to BS your way through the discussion. At Marlboro, you won't blend into the woodwork.
  • Get a head start on your work.
  • Get involved in the community, and go to Town Meeting!
  • Go for a hike in the woods as often as possible.
  • Go to class.
  • Participate in community events.
Did You Know?
  • Marlboro College has no required courses.
  • Marlboro's founder, Mr. Walter Hendricks, was a student and close friend of Robert Frost. He modeled Marlboro's unique conversational learning style after the intimate chats he had with the famous poet.
  • All students that graduate from Marlboro will have completed a two-year project called "the Plan." This thesis-like undertaking can include any subject and will incorporate all aspects of your four years at Marlboro.
  • Every student at Marlboro has a faculty adviser who will give you all the guidance you'll need.
  • When Marlboro was first founded, Walter Hendricks would randomly come out of his office and ring a bell signifying "there will be no class today." We now have a scheduled vacation called "Hendricks Days."
  • Marlboro offers juniors and seniors the option of one-on-one tutorials with faculty where virtually any subject can be explored.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 7 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% This was my dream school.
  • 80% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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