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Campus Quality


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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.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are some significant maintenance updates to be made in terms of providing comfort and adding to aesthetics in the dorms and some of the classrooms. They are updating the art buildings which is awesome, but there are some general issues you have to accept when living in Vermont due to the snow and rural area. However there is room for a lot of improvement. Marlboro is not upscale or fancy in any sense. It's much more rustic, but still could use some updating.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Academics are Marlboro are amazing. The relationship you build with your professors is astoundingly close and on a level of a colleague. Working on Plan is very trying and difficult, but for students who want a more independent and self-directed approach, Marlboro, within reason, allows you to study what you want and how you want.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Our Outdoor Program (OP) is really cool. Randy, the back-woodsy but fatherly OP director, organizes a soccer and (forthcoming) a basketball team as well as the winter-spectacle, Broomball, as well as a million trips over the north-east.


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Marlboro College: land of the reconverted dairy farm. That's right! The academic building, dining hall, administrative offices, health center, admissions building, and even one of the dorms used to be part of a working dairy farm. The land was donated when Marlboro was founded, and ever since, students and staff have been working to rebuild the old parts of the farm into a thriving college space. Almost everything here is white clapboard. The insides of the buildings are, for the most part, homey and warm. There is wood everywhere, with soft lighting and lots of heat (a necessity for Vermont). Even the dance studios, performing arts building, theater, art studios, sculpture barn, and music building all have this glow about them.

Most facilities at Marlboro are adequate. There's a place to paint, a place to dance, and a soccer field to play "Marlboro-style" soccer. We have a weight room, a sauna in the woods, and an Outdoor Program with equipment for any trip imaginable. But most things at Marlboro are used and used again, like a rustic summer camp. Here at Marlboro, everyone has what they need to learn and be happy, but high-tech expensive facilities are not in the near future, nor do most students want them to be. Every time the issue of "a television on campus" comes up, students vote to keep it out. Everyone is satisfied to work with what they have.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
360 acres
Student Centers
The Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Rice-Aron Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Campus Center
  • Dining Hall
  • Dorm common areas
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
In the Campus Center
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but the Dining Hall has a projection screen and sound system.
"Green" Initiatives
Marlboro College has a silver ranking for sustainability.
School Slang
  • Brat: Not your pesky roommate, just a nickname for Brattleboro
  • The Chelsea Royal: The closest and best eating place available to students
  • LARPers: Live-action role-players; people who dress and act as if they were someone or something else (e.g., cats, Irish settlers, dungeon knights, Renaissance royalty, etc.)
  • Mather: The administrative building
  • NoHo: Northampton, MA
  • OP: The Outdoor Program (both a building and a program, actually)
  • Select Board: The group of community members responsible for Town Meeting and our system of self-governance
  • THC: Total Health Center, Marlboro's health clinic
  • Town Crier: The elected announcer of events and happenings on campus. The Town Crier announces at lunch and dinner.
  • Town Meeting: Marlboro student government. Every member of the community is a part of Town Meeting.
  • Cabaret: The seniors last bow to the College, Cabaret is held twice a year as a "roast to the student body" given by soon-to-be graduates. Mock awards are given to students, and competitions are held, including "best tattoo." It's a raunchy get-together with lots of drinking, smoking, and fun.
  • Contra Dancing: Every year, at the beginning of the semester, a local band comes up to Marlboro, and the Dining Hall is transformed into an old New England dance hall. Traditional Northern line dances are led by a caller, and new and returning students come together to practice their two-step and swing. Most participants leave dripping with sweat, but it's a great time!
  • Five Fires: A party given by upperclassmen at the beginning of every semester with five bonfires, live music, and lots of getting to know each other.
  • Orals: After seniors have had their outside evaluator and their plan sponsor assess their plan, many students and faculty will pop open champagne outside of Dalrymple and toast the newly accomplished graduates.
  • Peacocks: A Marlboro student recently created his plan on various peafowl, and brought numerous peacocks to campus. They still roam around to this day, and have become a unique aspect of our campus life. They are Himalayan peacocks, so the winter is their normal climate. Additionally, during mating season, you can hear their calls in the early morning hours.
  • Town Meeting: Our community meets every third Wednesday to discuss all issues of government. Sometimes we pass language, nominate community members for committees, or vote on where our funds should go in support of student/faculty projects. The Select Board is in charge of running the meeting, and a moderator keeps us in order.
Urban Legends
Emily Mather, the daughter of one of the farmers who originally occupied the property, hanged herself in the barn which is now Dalrymple. She is said to haunt the building, the path to Howland, and Hendricks House.
Favorite Things To Do
Marlboro always has something going on. There are lectures, plenty of performances, music recitals, dance pieces, plays, movies, and other creative and exciting events that involve just about the whole campus. We’re pretty tight-knit here, and there is always buzz going around about where to go and what to do. Most performances occur in Whittemore Theater or Persons Auditorium. Also, lectures and movies are shown in the building known as “Apple Tree.” Outdoor Program trips, skiing, playing four square, watching movies, reading
Student Newspaper
The Citizen
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 6 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 75% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 25% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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