Marlboro College was founded in 1946 by Walter Hendricks on Potash Hill in Marlboro, Vermont, and many of the first students were returning World War II veterans. The school's operation was initially financed using money received from the GI Bill, as well as loans from Brattleboro Savings and Loan.
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.
Marlboro's graduate offerings in education and management merge theory with practice in concentrations designed to anticipate emerging business and pedagogical needs. Graduate students find that personal and professional advancement proceeds from a deep understanding of ourselves and an appreciation of how individual actions impact the lives of others.
We are committed to providing hands-on, personal attention that empowers students to explore, define, and realize their post-graduate goals. We focus on the following areas to prepare students for what's next.
It's well worth complementing your visit to Marlboro's beautiful campus with a stay at a local B&B, inn, or hotel, so you can spend time exploring southern Vermont. The town of Brattleboro and the surrounding communities offer a wealth of cultural and outdoor activities, including family farms, hiking trails, ski areas, restaurants, and much more.
Marlboro’s Rice-Aron Library serves as the physical and virtual research hub for both undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, as well as a public resource for Marlboro town residents. The library builds its collection based on faculty and student requests. It also participates in a nationwide interlibrary loan network, providing quick access to almost any book or article one might need.
Whether you are a little homesick or need immunizations for your research trip to Senegal, the Total Health Center is the place to start. Conveniently located right in the middle of campus, adjoining the campus center, the health center is your one-stop shop for all things healthy. The facility includes a fitness center, health clinic, counseling facilities, a sunny meeting room, and a staff of friendly and helpful health care providers. These same staff are actively involved in health education, health events on campus, and the Health and Wellness Committee.
With a campus in the scenic Green Mountains, just 10 miles from the vibrant town of Brattleboro, Vermont, Marlboro College offers both community and the space to think. The college works to foster a sense of connection between the campus and the wider community, from doing service projects in the area to sponsoring local events. As an intellectual center and professional development resource, Marlboro plays an essential role in the economic and cultural life of the southern Vermont region. We encourage you to explore these pages and come visit soon.
The Farm Committee started in 2002 as a group of students interested in growing organic vegetables. Now it is an established committee with an annual budget from Town Meeting, which regularly provides fresh produce for community dinners and other events.
Other groups are more informal, but just as persistent, such as the fencing club, which brings in a local, skilled swashbuckler to teach them how to thrust, paree, and blaspheme like a Medieval knight-errant. There have been groups that gather to play on the climbing wall together, knit together, play board games together, do contact improv together, play jazz together, meditate together, and ferment things together.