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| I have very mixed feelings about this college. Academically, you couldn't ask for better. The academics are very personalized, with the students working one on one with professors to ensure understanding of the material, which is very complex and interesting. Students complete a "Plan of Concentration" in their final academic year, in which they work one-on-one with a professor or two of their choice (provided the professor agrees to work with you; in most cases they will as long as you've taken a class with them) to complete a lengthy and in-depth scholarly research paper on a topic of your choice - any topic of your choice - which will determine which degree(s) you earn. In summation, work is challenging and important, academics are in-depth and personalized, and the student comes out of this college with a firm understanding of a specific topic.|
However, the social life is horrid. It's not that there aren't enough parties, if that's what you're into, it's that if you're not into that, too bad. This campus is one big party. People are loud and disruptive, and that's everywhere - loud conversations are both commonplace in the library. I've even experienced someone running laps in one of the library's "quiet rooms". No one has any respect for each other at this campus. People do what they want, when they want, and the administration is for whatever reason afraid to discipline them. Now, the small number of students (currently around 250) does have its benefits - for example, theft is never an issue. But if you are looking for a nice, quiet area to do your work and study, best of luck, especially if you have a bad roommate. Furthermore, if you don't prescribe to the "hippy" lifestyle and argue that order and/or respect for each other is more important than everyone doing whatever they want whenever they want, you could find yourself ostracized by at least some of the students here. So, expect a mixed bag from this college. The academics are top-notch, and I would suggest this school for anyone who is looking to actually begin a career rather than just go to a four-year daycare; this school also has a huge number of its graduates go on to further education, something like 90%. So, come to this college for the great academics, but understand that, for those four years, your peers will act like children.
|Mar 07 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| When looking at schools in high school, I wanted to make sure I attended a college that challenged me academically. I think one thing that distinguishes Marlboro from all other colleges and universities is Plan. Instead of normal majors and minors, Marlboro students undertake a "Plan of Concentration" in a specific field of study, or in interdisciplinary fields of study. Basically, the last two years of school Marlboro students engage in a graduate-level education. That really impressed me as a senior in high school, and that still impresses me now that I've completed my first year at Marlboro.|
Some people look at our size as a limiting factor, but I see the freedom that comes with it. Because we're so small students actually get to know their professors - no one's a number here. I've even taken classes where professors have had students over for dinner at the end of the semester as a "celebration." It's personal things like that which set Marlboro apart.
One of my favorite aspects of Marlboro is 'Dedicated Hour.' Every student at Marlboro is assigned a faculty adviser, and every week during Dedicated Hour students have the opportunity to sit down with their adviser and ask them any questions they have, or for advice on academic things. And reflecting that is Marlboro's first-name basis policy. Everyone here calls each other by their first-name, even the President. Marlboro uses a tutorial system, meaning that students and professors often act as collaborators in courses. Marlboro tries to reflect that egalitarian nature in how we approach community.
Marlboro is a rural community, and that is something to keep in mind. Being from Ohio, the mountains of Vermont were a nice change of pace. We do have a really active Outdoor Program, so if you like doing outdoorsy things, Marlboro is a pretty cool place for that. Students who don't enjoy the outdoors also find fun things to do, but it's just a tad bit harder than it would be in a big city. But don't let that deter you - there are lots of fun things to do here, and there's a crowd for everyone. If anything above appealed to you, definitely think about checking Marlboro out! The classes are great, the community is friendly, and you'll engage in a totally unique academic experience.
|May 16 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| Marlboro College is a very small school with a rigorous, writing-intensive academic program in southern Vermont. The community is self-governed, and everyone has a say in how things are done through a Town Meeting held every three weeks. Each student's curriculum is self-designed to cater to their individual interests and passions. Students are encouraged to study broadly and draw parallels between cross-disciplinary subjects. The Marlboro experience culminates in an intensive independent senior project called the Plan of Concentration. Plan, as it is called, has been cited by many alumni as a key to their success in graduate studies by preparing them to write a graduate thesis. |
|May 16 2012|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2014 |