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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.

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.

2 College Junior

Diversity: We don't have a huge level of diversity, as our location, cost, and atmosphere is very white. We are a small school, so there is also a lower number of students of different color, but there is a wide range of students with different sexual orientation or gender identity.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Everyone is white and middle/upper class. Recently things have gotten better--more international students in the past few classes, but not as good as it could be.

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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity is almost none. There are like 310 kids here, and maybe six are black, three are Asian, and 12 are gay. Mostly everyone is straight, white, and middle- to upper-middle class.


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To be honest, about the only multi-colored aspect of Marlboro College is the leaves in autumn. There are a few Indian students and a few African American students, but the majority of Marlboro's population is classified as Caucasian. Why such a lack in racial diversity for such a liberal and free-thinking school? Consider the fact that Vermont is the whitest state in the country. People don't generally enjoy being the "super-minority." Though complaints about a racially homogeneous population are frequent, the school does not accept students based on race.

Now for the plus side. With a tiny population of 300, Marlboro is probably one of the most diverse places you'll ever encounter. There are students here with all sorts of interests, talents, accents, sexual orientations, genders, hobbies, and of course, personalities. Everyone at Marlboro is very unique. You can strike up a conversation with anyone and discover the amazing adventures and experiences that have shaped who they are. Marlboro's student population is very globally oriented, and most individuals have traveled abroad more than once. Also, there is a substantial lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population on campus. Generally, people will respect your space and, oftentimes, celebrate who you are.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 23%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 32%
25+: 7%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 90%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
Marlboro is very receptive to the GLBTQ community. Our most active group on campus is Marlboro Pride. They host the year’s most extravagant events (Queer Homecoming and Gender Bender) and meet once a week to plan upcoming parties, specific community issues, and discuss current events.
Political Activity
Marlboro is known as very liberal. The community fully supports all types of political views and ideas, but we tend to forget that not everyone here thinks alike. Posters, parties, and debates tend to assume that everyone leans to the left.
Economic Status
Kids at Marlboro come from many different backgrounds. There are some rich kids, some not-so-rich kids, and lots of people in between. No matter what your financial situation, the majority of the community members will be interested in who you are, not how much you have.
Most Common Religions
Though religion is a very popular subject at Marlboro and lends itself to many discussions, religions are not readily practiced at Marlboro. Many students may not find the time or the need for it in their lives. If, however, a student is very religious and practices regular devotions, their beliefs and space will be respected.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Marlboro does not have any minority clubs. We have a small population in comparison to many big universities, so in a way, you could view everyone as a minority. Every student has a unique history and story to tell, and there are many venues to share your experiences.
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