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If you’re considering a college of 200 students in the woods of southern Vermont, you’ve already set out on an unconventional path.

All sorts of paths lead people to Marlboro, and all kinds of students can do well here. It’s our job in the Admissions Office to help you figure out if Marlboro’s right for you. (And vice versa, of course.)

We know that you have been shaped by your experiences in the world, and not by your GPA or your test scores. Where have those experiences led you so far? And where do you imagine they’ll take you from here?

If you’re curious about the world, motivated by intellectual challenges, and interested in being part of a self-governing community, there’s a good chance you’ll feel at home at Marlboro.

Getting started

The application process varies based on whether you’re an first-year undergraduate student, international student, transfer student, visiting student, or graduate student.

Marlboro is test-optional, meaning you only have to send us your test scores if you want to. But expect to explain how you think, what you’re passionate about learning, and why Marlboro might be the right place to study it.

Paying for Marlboro

We are committed to making a Marlboro education affordable and practical for as many students as possible. We recently lowered tuition by a third, and 90 percent of our students receive financial aid.

Let’s talk

When you apply, plan for an interview by phone, Skype, or in person. And please drop by for a campus visit. We recommend in the fall, when Vermont foliage is at its peak. If your timing is right, you might try your hand at making cider during Apple Days, our celebration of Marlboro’s roots as a historic hill farm.

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to ask. Our job in the Admissions Office is to help you stay on track, wherever you are in the application process.

  • The average number of books checked out by Marlboro students each year from our library system:


    The national average is 6.

  • Our average class size is



  • Marlboro’s faculty to student ratio is

    5 to 1

    — one of the lowest in the US.

  • “It was such a privilege to live and study…

    … in a place whose beauty is so immediately apparent yet so enigmatic,” says junior Andrew Domzal, who studied abroad last semester at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic