Marlboro College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Marlboro College
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Marlboro College Admissions Overview:

Marlboro College is a generally open college--in 2016, the college had an acceptance rate of 66%. Students will need to submit an application (the Common Application is accepted), along with a writing sample, high school transcripts, and letter of recommendation. Campus visits are strongly encouraged for all interested students. 

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Marlboro College Acceptance Rate: 66%

Marlboro College Description:

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.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 198 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $40,030
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,802
  • Other Expenses: $2,070
  • Total Cost: $54,102

Marlboro College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 86%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,957
    • Loans: $5,983

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theater, Visual Arts

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • Transfer-out Rate: -%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 58%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 64%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics and the Marlboro College website

Marlboro and the Common Application

Marlboro College uses the Common Application.

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