Pre-College Summer Programs
Marlboro College’s Pre-College Summer Programs offer young adults (age 15-19) the opportunity to study with Marlboro College faculty members and to build relationships with a group of other students passionate about learning, in the classroom and out. Space is limited to 12 participants per program, creating vibrant communities with room for every voice.
What to Expect
Participants will spend all day with a faculty member (8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday) where they will get an introduction to Marlboro’s interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to college academic work. Depending on the topic, an average day might include reading and discussing an article, doing a lab experiment, writing and performing a scene, or solving a moral quandary using game theory. Groups will come together Saturday to present their discoveries to other students and faculty.
During afternoons and evenings, plan to have fun and explore Marlboro’s approach to creating intentional living communities. With college student RAs and the assistant director (who lives at the dorm), participants will help create a weekly dorm charter and contribute to planning evening activities on and off campus. In past summers, activities have ranged from game nights, to ice cream at the Chelsea Royal, to a Friday night campfire / open mic night. We ask participants to leave cell phones, tablets, computers and other screens at home, so they can be fully active and present community members.
"There's just a really good energy all around. The activities really pushed me to try to be my best self and the staff was really welcoming. I've never laughed so hard in my life." –2014 participant
"He had an amazing week that has truly changed his entire life outlook. We are so thankful!" –Parent of a 2014 Participant
Summer SEssions 2015
- Session I: July 5-July 11: Food and Farming in Vermont | Walking in Someone Else's Shoes
- Session II: July 12-July 18: Game Theory and Social Change | You(th) Can Make a Difference
- Session III: July 19-July 25: Ways of Knowing | The Art of Persuasion
- Session IV: July 26-August 1: DIY Chemistry | History of Western Cuisine
- Costs and Financial Aid
- Past Participant Testimonials
- Weekly Schedule, Transportation, Housing and other Program Details
Application deadlines and details
1st Priority Deadline: March 15, 2015—Complete applications received by or on this date will receive an automatic 10 percent discount on the program fee
2nd Priority Deadline: May 1, 2015—Complete applications received between March 16 and May 1 will receive an automatic 5 percent discount on the program fee
Final Application Deadline: June 5, 2015
Please note a change in the application process for 2015: 300-500 word statement of interests will now need to be uploaded at the time the online application is completed, rather than being submitted separately by email.
Ariel Brooks, Marlboro College director of non-degree programs, or Angie Hamilton, application and enrollment coordinator, are happy to answer questions and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 802-451-7118.
Walking in Someone Else's Shoes
Faculty (guest): Rosalie Purvis, theater
We will explore a range of techniques for character creation, from movement to writing to ancient mask to Stanislavsky, while discussing the many implications of "becoming someone else." We will address what happens when we create characters that are very unlike ourselves, and also what happens when we create characters that are close to our own more obvious identity traits. We will study techniques to transform our presentation in terms if physicality, age, and how personality impacts character. We will also address larger implications of crossing identity lines such as transgressive cross-racial casting, casting along the gender spectrum, creating characters based on historical figures or archetypes. The course will culminate in each student creating a performance based on his or her character followed by character interviews and a group project.
The ARt of Persuasion
Faculty Member: Meg Mott, politics
This class uses debate formats and theater techniques to increase your skills of persuasion. Part of the time we'll study the anatomy and performance of argument. You'll learn how to build a compelling argument and how to gracefully counter the opposition. Part of the time we will rehearse political conflicts, where you'll learn how to turn opposition into opportunity. By the end of the week, you will have more skills as a public speaker and more tools to end stale debates. You might also develop a taste for the joy of watching a deeply-held position blossom into an entirely new opinion. That's what happens when we open ourselves to the art of persuasion.
Game Theory and Social Change
Faculty Member: Matt Ollis, math
What can mathematics tell us about the choices we make and how can it inform better decisions? Our approach will be broad: We'll become active game designers within the Heroscape game system, play and analyze a variety of other games, hold mock auctions and other hands-on activities, and analyze the mathematics of voting systems and political power. We'll also keep an eye on what aspects of decision-making mathematics has little to say about and collaborate with the concurrent session of "You Can Make a Difference." No prior mathematical skills are needed or assumed.
History of Western Cuisine
Faculty Member: Adam Franklin-Lyons, history
Why do you eat what you eat? What does "American" food mean to you? What did dieting mean centuries ago? We will read recipes and historical accounts of food, discuss major historical changes in the cuisines of Europe and the United States, and, of course, cook and eat dishes from centuries past. We will cover the importance of spices to medieval European food, the changes to global food consumption brought about by the contact between Europe and the Americas, and think about the different influences on contemporary fare in the United States. There will also be room to explore specific food interests that students bring with them, so bring your appetite.