Marlboro is a radically small college—an academic community of less than 300 students, staff, and faculty on 400 secluded acres in southern Vermont—that offers in-depth study in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Founded in 1946, the first students helped restore the original farm buildings into learning and living spaces, as well as establish Marlboro as a self-governing democratic college. Today, Marlboro students devote themselves to their studies with a high level of freedom and independence, work closely with faculty mentors to guide their scholarship and creative work, and live together in a tight-knit intellectual community.

Academic Programs

  • Research
  • Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Government/Political Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Creative Writing

Student experience

  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver
  • Student Government

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines

First-year

The first-year application is for students who have fewer than 24 college-level credits. We don’t believe that test scores accurately predict if a student will be successful at Marlboro—instead, we’d rather see how a student writes, thinks, and acts. We evaluate applications by looking at writing, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, extracurriculars, and we strongly encourage an interview. We welcome supplemental materials, such as creative work. The Early Decision deadline is November 15; Early Action is January 15; and Regular Decision is March 15. There is no fee for applying.

Transfer

The transfer application is for students who have 24 or more college credits. Many students (anywhere from 20 to 25 percent) come to Marlboro as transfers. We don’t believe that test scores accurately predict if a student will be successful at Marlboro—instead, we’d rather see how a student writes, thinks, and acts. We evaluate applications by looking at writing, transcripts, letters of recommendation, extracurriculars, and we strongly encourage an interview. We welcome supplemental materials, such as creative work. The transfer application deadline is March 15. There is no fee for applying.

Additional Information

The Plan of Concentration

Visit us

We love showing people around Marlboro, and we promise that it will be unlike any other college you tour. The college is located off Route 9 in southern Vermont, at the end of our stone wall-lined South Road. Our elevated campus has a stunning view of the foothills of the Green Mountains, and we are surrounded by hundreds of acres of forest. We offer morning and evening tours on weekdays, and encourage students to observe one of our small, discussion-based classes when school is in session. Schedule a visit online, or call us to help plan your stay in Vermont.

"You will find the Marlboro adventure far more intense and intellectually demanding than Harvard, any other Ivy, or Ivy clone. There simply is no comparison."

Loren Pope, Author of "Colleges That Change Lives"
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Admissions office

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School location
Address

2582 South Road
Marlboro, VT 05344, United States of America

Phone number

(800) 343-0049

Region

New England

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