Colleges That Change Lives

Changing Lives. One Student at a Time.

Marlboro College

"It takes someone able to go ahead on [his or her] own to handle this kind of freedom. It is the reliance on student initiative that separates Marlboro education from one-on-one elsewhere."
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  • Co-ed, residential, private, liberal arts college.
  • Founded in 1946 by Walter Hendricks (student and close friend of Robert Frost).
  • Located in the Green Mountains of southeastern Vermont, two and a half hours from Boston and 20 minutes from the Appalachian Trail, Marlboro's 350-acre campus includes many buildings that were originally family farm buildings.
  • Marlboro College promotes independence by requiring students to participate in the planning of their own programs of study and to act responsibly within a self-governing community.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • Students complete a Plan of Concentration in a degree field offered by Marlboro. Plan is an integrated course of study designed by juniors and seniors while working closely with faculty sponsors.
  • Marlboro offers a Bachelor of Arts or Science in International Studies degree through the World Studies Program, which has placed students in working internships in more than 50 different countries.
  • Marlboro received the highest Academic rating possible (99 out of 99) in the 2013 edition of The Princeton Review's "Best 376 Colleges."
  • Nearly 70% of Marlboro’s graduates go on to further study. The 10 colleges, universities or programs most frequently attended by Marlboro alumni are Antioch New England University, Harvard, Columbia, University of Vermont, Yale, Boston University, University of Massachusetts, University of California, State University of New York and the Marlboro College Graduate Center.
  • Graduates of Marlboro College may pursue an advanced degree from the Marlboro College Graduate School and, with a B average or higher, are eligible to receive a grant equivalent to fifty percent of tuition.
  • Submission of SAT or ACT scores is optional when applying.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 10 (95% have under 20 students)
  • In lieu of general distribution requirements, all students must pass the Clear Writing Requirement, a twenty page portfolio of expository writing, to continue their studies at Marlboro.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • 70% of students live on campus.
  • Many campus decisions are made at monthly Town Meetings, where students, faculty, and staff each have an equal vote.
  • The Marlboro College Outdoor Program offers regular sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, caving, climbing, and backpacking outings, along with trips to the area's top ski resorts.
  • Marlboro students take the lead in creating cultural offerings for the campus with plays, dance performances, concerts, and lectures.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • 68% of Marlboro College students attend graduate school. Most frequently attended institutions include Antioch New England, Harvard, Columbia, The University of Vermont, and Yale.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • 64 Students (73% first-years and 27% transfers)
  • 61% males, 38% females, 1% undeclared gender
  • 50% from New England
  • 18 states represented with top states of origin: CT, NY, CA, MA, VT
  • 8% Students of Color
  • Submitting SAT/ACT scores for application is optional. Range SAT verbal: 500-800. SAT verbal 25th-75th percentile: 610-690. Range SAT math: 420-800. SAT math 25th-75th percentile: 510-650. Range ACT composite: 26-32. ACT 25th-75th percentile: 28-30.
  • Among many other achievements, the incoming class includes a National Youth Theater award recipient for stage lighting, two blacksmith apprentices, a novice state champion in Policy Debate, a TESOL teacher, a licensed plumber, a student and teacher in a home school co-op, and one Navy veteran.