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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?

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.

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.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The Outdoor Program is not as active in reaching out to students as I would like and aren't offering as many activities as some students want. There are improvements in the Rec department to offer more inter-murals, but sports are not a big thing at Marlboro.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Broomball. That's what really matters. Soccer and Skiing are fun, but only broomball draws the full attention of the student body.

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Apart from watching the "big game" as a joke at a local bar, sports are as laughable to Marlboro students as Botox injections. They're just not interested. But when it comes to competition and athleticism, Marlboro certainly has its share. Marlboro is more inwardly focused when it comes to physical competition. There's Dodgeball every Friday, the occasional basketball scrimmage, Renaissance fencing, and Frisbee and four square after dinner. These activities would be the end-of-the-week highlights if Marlboro were on ESPN.

There are two sports students take seriously, though they may play them "Marlboro style." The first is soccer. The team is an informal but rigorous group that meets twice a week to practice for weekend games. The second sport, Marlboro's "real" sport, is broomball. Each February, about 11 teams are created with one goal in mind: to compete for the trophy in the Marlboro Cup. Hilariously, faculty, staff, and students come together to form what they think will be the winning team. They come up with a clever name, a team uniform, and a winning strategy. The Marlboro Cup is a two-day event where a frozen pond on campus is used as the ice rink for the battle of the century. It's a wild event that has everyone gossiping and cheering. If you seek varsity football, Marlboro is not your place. But if it's fun, friendly sportage you're looking for, Marlboro has sure got it.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Division
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: N/A
School Nickname
The Dead Tree
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Men's Varsity Sports
Women's Varsity Sports
Club Sports
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Budo
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • The Outdoor Program (OP)
  • Persons Auditorium
Most Popular Sports
Broomball, skiing/snowboarding, soccer, ultimate Frisbee
School Spirit
Marlboro's spirit could be thought of as its support for the community government. Because we are a self-governing community, our town meetings and constitution are extremely important to us. Most students care about these aspects of their education because they affect them directly. Though many students do not regularly attend Town Meeting, they certainly are concerned about the well-being of our community.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Moss Hollow Road, Pond Brook, South Pond Trail, Town Trail
Did You Know?
  • There is also the Outdoor Program (the OP), which organizes several trips a year involving activities such as kayaking, rafting, skiing/snowboarding, caving, climbing, backpacking, and the like.
  • There are also plenty of student-organized sports activities. Some popular unorganized sports include broomball (hockey played with brooms on a frozen pond), ultimate Frisbee, and four square.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 0% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 14% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 86% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 0% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 43% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 14% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 29% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 71% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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