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Marlboro College Reviews

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  • 06/27/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Liberal arts/artistic types -Those who like a challenge -Those who want to broaden their horizons (so to speak) -Those who may not've done so well in high school but want a challenge now -Those who aren't afraid to get dirty/muddy/wet/cold -Those who want to take their education into their own hands!

    Tips for prospective students

    dress in layers. read good books. be who you are.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are great, and so are the professors but it still is rather expensive.

    Will enjoy being here

    If you love broadening your mind, you will enjoy it here. If you are going to college to learn, you will enjoy it here. If you want a more democratic approach to your education, you will enjoy it here.

    Will learn a lot

    There are a lot of intellectuals on campus, and everyone seems to be a self-created expert in something. Just a casual conversation with someone over lunch can be a stimulating experience.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Marlboro is up on a mountain. There is very little trouble to get into. There is a security guard in the evenings for added safety.

    Greek Life

    There is none.

    Clubs and Activities

    All clubs are created and run by students, so there is plenty to do, but it varies year to year based on interest and who is able to run it. There is a strong presence on campus for Habitat for Humanity and the Outdoor Program, which takes students on trips like hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Marlboro is the best place for independent students who want to take a serious role in the pursuit of their education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Marlboro is not the most athletic campus, soccer being the only real sport with a team, however, the broomball tournament in winter is the most competitive and exciting event of the year. Teams are made up of students, staff and faculty. The fire pond is frozen over and hay bails surround the boundaries. The teams get on the ice with only sneakers, helmets and pads, then hit a slightly deflated kickball with brooms into the goals. The whole campus turns out cheering on the side lines. There is also a costume contest for the best uniforms. Previous winners include The Muppets Newsies and Where's Waldo

    Bang for the buck

    Marlboro's sticker price is expensive. However, there is a lot of financial aid assistance. But the school is certainly worth it. Students build serious relationships with their professors, take part in their student government, and genuinely care about their experience.

    What to do for fun

    Marlboro is such an inclusive campus. There are events for all seasons that ingage all students. We have a fall carnival called apple days where the apple trees on campus are harvested, there is a pie baking contest, a pie eating contest, apple cider making and so on. In winter, there are numerous winter activities from the Wendall-Judd cup (Cross-country skiing) to a campus wide broomball tournament. Many students take advantage of hiking, skiing, kayaking and many other outdoor activities perfect for Vermont.

    Food and Dining

    Marlboro's dining hall buys locally grown produce as much as possible. We have a large population of vegetarian and vegans on campus, so the cooking staff is very mindful of them and prepares multiple options for all. There is also a coffee shop on campus that has things like burgers, fries, pizza and sandwiches as well as coffee and other snacks.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Marlboro house about 24 students each. They are reminiscent of ski lodges. They are furnished with sometimes unique furniture and vary in sizes. There is also off-campus independent cottages and houses for upperclassmen to choose.

    Academic Rigor

    Marlboro College classes expect serious work ethic. Class sizes are small, so sleeping in and missing your 8am is not an option if you think your professor won't notice. Marlboro also believes that good writing is the cornerstone of education. Your writing will be tested over and over again for further success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Marlboro does not have class requirements, each student creates a course of study based on their interests and aspirations. A new student should think about whether that freedom is what they want in their education.

    In three sentences

    Marlboro College is a unique, interdisciplinary learning experience where you know your professors personally, sometimes even having dinner at their own homes. Marlboro is prized for its serious academic rigor and success. The student body of about 300 is interwoven with faculty and staff in most decisions at the college, making it an extremely democratic experience.

  • 11/10/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Everyone looked really sketchy, definitely not the town or college for me. I didn't see any officers around either.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    I didn't hear about any.

    Great for these types of students

    Quiet students who love to write and be in a very rural setting. Also students who don't care much about how the facilities look because they're certainly not that great or clean. Also good for people who love art and dance.

    Bang for the buck

    Way more expensive than its actually worth.

    What to do for fun

    Being so far up in the mountains, there's not much to do. There's a small town called Brattleboro near the college but its kinda drab looking. Not that great.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't actually try any of the food, but the dining hall isn't really that nice. Its really rustic looking and crowded.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are okay. They're not your typical residential halls. From the outside, they remind me of cabins that you'd find at a summer camp. The upperclassmen houses are a lot nicer than the freshmen but not amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are very important at this college. With the very small class sizes, you will get a very direct style of teaching with the professors. They also have things called tutorials which is teaching through a professor and 1 or 2 other students. There is a very high academic vigor. Also, you plan what classes and design them through a plan of concentration, so if your someone who doesn't like structure, this is the ideal college.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love to write, this is the college for you! There are a lot of services dedicated to writers and improving writing in general. You have to write at least a 20 page paper your junior and senior year, which you prepare for your freshmen and sophomore year. Be prepared to write! Also if your not into an extremely rural campus with VERY limited people, this is not the college for you.

    In three sentences

    A very rural college with writing, dance, and art as the main aspects. The tall hills and mountains overlooking the college give it a very outdoorsy feel. Very few students, about 300, so parties aren't really part of the campus.