Marlboro College


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Vermont


Marlboro College is not for everyone. While the small college's admissions are not remarkably selective, successful students need to be motivated and up for a rigorous yet relatively unstructured curriculum. The college does not have a long checklist of core requirements like most liberal arts colleges. Instead, students must pass a "Clear Writing Requirement" in their first year, and then in their junior and senior years, they must complete a self-designed "Plan of Concentration" under the guidance of faculty advisers. Upper-level students will often have many hours of tutorials and self-directed work rather than traditional class attendance. The college is truly student-centered in that students must take responsibility for their own educations. The college's academic initiatives are supported by an impressive 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 10. To succeed, Marlboro students need to love learning, so perhaps it is not surprising that 69% of graduates go on to graduate school. For these reasons and more, Marlboro is one of the 40 schools featured in Loren Pope's highly regarded Colleges That Change Lives. The college itself occupies an unassuming 300-acre hillside campus in Marlboro, Vermont, a town in the southeast corner of the state. Some of the current buildings were part of an area farm before the school was established in 1946.

Most Popular Majors

American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theater, Visual Arts

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 326
Total Grad Students: 326
Undergraduate Students:
Faculty: 42

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: :1

Percent Male: 51%
Percent Female: 49%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 41%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 50%

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Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

2582 South Rd
Marlboro Vermont 5344


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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 87%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -87%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1200

Other Expenses: 2000

Room and Board: 9640

Tuition and Fees: 36560

Total Cost: 49400

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Costs Data From: 2011-12

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6410

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 94%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 66%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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