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4 College Freshman

Diversity: While Marlboro is a very white school, there is tons of geographic diversity here being that over 70% of students are from out-of-state. Also, regardless of one's economic background, Marlboro has the potential to be very affordable. The school boasts two different full-tuition scholarships (Beautiful Minds and the Renaissance Scholarship). Only one can be earned obviously, but the fact of the matter is that there's ample opportunities to attend without the burden of financial struggle. The latter scholarship is looking to expand next year to attract more international students, so diversity is definitely on the rise as the school has taken great strides to improve on this. Moreover, because of its rural location, it's easier to be frugal with one's money -- a big bonus considering the budget of the average college attendee.

There's also tons of diversity in terms of sexual orientation and gender at Marlboro. I know of at least three transgender freshman students who go here, which is quite a lot for a freshman class considering how tiny of a school we are. This year's incoming class is roughly 65 students, so that definitely says something. Politically, Marlboro is mainly liberal but the great thing is that many people are libertarian here and not necessarily Democrat.

Marlboro is a very welcoming community full of warm, interesting people... who just so happen to live in a snowy hamlet on top of a hill. But the rewards are worth the social isolation. Being here really teaches you self-resilience, how to form close relationships, and much more.

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.

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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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.

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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.


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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.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Progressive/very liberal
  • 14% Liberal
  • 14% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 9 responses

  • 78% Progressive/very liberal
  • 22% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 9 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 0% Democratic
  • 60% Independent
  • 40% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 20% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 17% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 7 responses

  • 86% Very accepting.
  • 14% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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