Marlboro College offers a student-centered approach to education. Students work with their faculty advisor to choose an individualized course of study. Seniors complete a self-designed Plan of Concentration that is reviewed by an outside expert in the student's field.
Marlboro College cultivates a close-knit, intentionally small learning community where independent thinkers can explore their deepest interests, collaborate with faculty as colleagues, and set the course for their own intellectual and professional pursuits. Located in southeastern Vermont, Marlboro comprises an undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and a graduate center in nearby Brattleboro. Combined enrollment for undergraduate and graduate programs is less than 500 students.
As an independent, not-for-profit college rooted in progressive education, Marlboro offers an antidote to the conformity and conventional thinking that characterize many education environments. Faculty members welcome intellectual candor, embrace new perspectives, and respect and encourage individual expression.
Marlboro's undergraduate program emphasizes interdisciplinary, student-designed study, and a self-governing community. Faculty and undergraduates work together closely and frequently through small discussion-based classes, one-to-one tutorials, Plan of Concentration advising sessions, and other forums. More than 75 percent of undergraduates go on to further study in graduate school, many of them reporting that their Marlboro experience uniquely prepared them for advanced scholarship.
Marlboro's graduate and professional studies programs in management, education, and technology serve working adults who want to advance or reinvent their careers. A collaborative, project-based learning approach helps students develop as self-aware leaders and effective team members. It also provides students with opportunities to drive positive change in their workplaces and other organizations while still in their programs.