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Marlboro College

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About Marlboro College

Marlboro College cultivates a close-knit, intentionally small learning community where independent thinkers can explore their deepest interests, collaborate with faculty as colleagues, and set the course for their own intellectual and professional pursuits. Located in southeastern Vermont, Marlboro comprises an undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and a graduate center in nearby Brattleboro. Combined enrollment for undergraduate and graduate programs is less than 500 students.

As an independent, not-for-profit college rooted in progressive education, Marlboro offers an antidote to the conformity and conventional thinking that characterize many education environments. Faculty members welcome intellectual candor, embrace new perspectives, and respect and encourage individual expression.

Marlboro's undergraduate program emphasizes interdisciplinary, student-designed study, and a self-governing community. Faculty and undergraduates work together closely and frequently through small discussion-based classes, one-to-one tutorials, Plan of Concentration advising sessions, and other forums. More than 75 percent of undergraduates go on to further study in graduate school, many of them reporting that their Marlboro experience uniquely prepared them for advanced scholarship.

Marlboro's graduate and professional studies programs in management, education, and technology serve working adults who want to advance or reinvent their careers. A collaborative, project-based learning approach helps students develop as self-aware leaders and effective team members. It also provides students with opportunities to drive positive change in their workplaces and other organizations while still in their programs.

Campus information

Marlboro’s campus encompasses more than 450 acres, with 17 miles of maintained trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. Campus features include a rock climbing wall, art gallery, student-run coffee shop, and organic farm. Campus activities are largely organized by students and evolve yearly based on student interest. Some past and present activities include yoga, fencing, open mic nights, contra dancing, and Queer Homecoming. 

With a graduate campus in the southern Vermont town of Brattleboro and an undergraduate campus just 10 miles away in the scenic Green Mountains, Marlboro College offers both vibrant community and the space to think.  The college works to foster a sense of connection between those two locations, from co-sponsoring events to encouraging the enrollment of undergraduate alumni in our graduate and professional studies programs.  As an intellectual center and professional development resource, Marlboro plays an essential role in the economic and cultural life of the southern Vermont region. 


There are 9 residential buildings on campus that are designated as On Campus:  All the Way,Half Way, Happy Valley, Hendricks, Howland East, Howland West, Random North, Random South & Schrader.  These buildings consist of single, double, and triple rooms. 

All residences have shared all gender bathrooms (unless otherwise noted by a Charter created by the residents).  Howland, All the Way, Hendricks, and Random South all have kitchens.  Most of these buildings have common rooms, furnished with couches, chairs and tables.  Each room has a desk, chair, twin bed, and dresser available for each occupant of the room. There is one wall mounted light per room (bringing a lamp is strongly encouraged).  There is no storage space outside of one's room, and window sizes vary from dorm to dorm.  Each of these buildings is supervised by a Resident Assistant.  Students residing in these buildings must all be on the full Meal Plans. 


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 4 Mass Communication & Media 1


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