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Applying to Marlboro

If you are looking for an intentionally small, intellectually demanding liberal arts school where students are seen, heard, known, and valued, Marlboro College would be a great college choice for you.

Marlboro assesses student potential in the unique context of each applicant's experience, without the confines of GPAs or standardized test scores. There is no formula for what makes a student a "good fit" for Marlboro, but applicants are reviewed with an eye towards intellectual promise, self-motivation, self-discipline, and ability to positively contribute to our community.

To apply, follow the guidelines below and see special considerations for first-year students, transfers, international students, homeschooled students, and veterans.

Applicants may choose to use either the Common Application (with the Marlboro Supplement) or our own Marlboro College Application.

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Important Dates

Marlboro admits students through Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision plans. While we encourage students to submit applications by the priority deadline, the admissions office continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. Contact the admissions office if you have missed a deadline.

Priority Deadline Notification Deposit Due
Early Decision Nov 15 Dec 1 Dec 16
Early Action Jan 15 Feb 1 May 1
Regular Decision Rolling Rolling May 1
Fall Transfer Apr 1 Apr 15 May 1
Spring Transfer Nov 15 Dec 1 Dec 14

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

It is the policy of Marlboro College not to discriminate in its admissions program, student services or hiring practices on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnic origin, age, or disability. Inquiries regarding discrimination should be made to the Compliance Coordinator, Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont 05344, 802-257-4333.

How to Apply

  • Common Application – Most students apply to Marlboro College using the Common Application. Submit this online by the appropriate deadline, left.
  • Marlboro Supplement – Complete the Marlboro supplement to the Common Application online, including the “Why Marlboro?” supplemental essay. This is an opportunity to tell us who you are, how you think, what you value, and how your interest in Marlboro fits into your overall goals.
  • Marlboro College Application – As an alternative, for those who are not filling out the Common Application for other colleges or who want to submit their application directly, you can complete the Marlboro College Application and apply now. 
  • Expository Writing Sample – Provide us with an analytical writing sample. Writing samples can be uploaded to the Marlboro Supplement at the Common Application, the Marlboro Application, or sent in the mail. This paper should have been written for an academic class, and should accurately reflect your current analytical writing skills. There is no length requirement.
  • School Transcripts – Give your Secondary School Report form to your high school counselor and ask that your transcripts be sent to Marlboro College. Transfer students must also provide a college transcript from each institution attended.
  • Recommendation Forms – Two recommendations are required. One recommendation form must be submitted by a teacher who knows you well. The second may be from another adult who you know well—it may be a guidance counselor, teacher, coach, employer, etc.
  • Application Fee – Submit the $50 application fee via the Common Application website, by submitting a credit card number over the phone, or by sending a check in the mail. If you are unable to send the application fee, contact your admissions counselor regarding an application fee waiver request.
  • Interview – Interviewing is required only for transfer students. However, all applicants are encouraged to arrange for an interview with an admissions counselor or other community member. Interviews give you the opportunity to learn more about us, and help the admissions committee determine whether you are a good fit for Marlboro.
  • Test Scores – Test scores are optional for all applicants. If you feel that your SAT or ACT scores are representative of your overall academic ability and would like for them to be considered in your application review, you are welcome to submit them. The codes for Marlboro College are: SAT-3509, ACT-4304.
  • At any time during the application process, you are welcome to contact the admissions office at admissions@marlboro.edu; Phone: 800-343-0049 or 802-258-9236; Fax: 802-451-7555 or contact your admissions counselor.

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