What makes a student stay inside all day and read for class? What inspires a student to write 10 pages in one evening? What creates dedicated and hardworking students? Chilly, icy, bitter weather. For the most part, Marlboro's weather is cold. It's located in Vermont, so tropical breezes are extremely rare, and Arctic blizzards are never far away. In the early fall and late spring, the weather is romantic and breezy. There are a few weeks in the start of the year and at the end where students are sunbathing and distracted by the warmth. Many break out their tank tops and shorts, even if there is a nip in the air. In the fall, it becomes a final farewell to summer, and in the spring, it is the quiet emergence of pasty arms and legs.
Winter here is severe. On the mountain, you can expect power outages, mornings where the temperature is 15 below zero, wind that can knock you down, and a fickle assortment of snow, sun, ice, sleet, sun, snow, snow. On average, the Marlboro campus is 12 to 15 degrees colder than the town of Brattleboro because of its hilltop location. You could consider Marlboro College "Vermont amplified" in terms of weather. Bring lots of layers, warm socks, and a good durable pair of boots. And if you think you have too many sweaters, bring some more.