NewsPress Release: 8/20/02
MARLBORO, VT Marlboro College earned a bronze medal by the Princeton Review today as the publication announced the college as being the third best school in the nation for the category "Professors Bring Material to Life."
The school was named in this same category by the Review with Washington and Lee University of Lexington, VA, St. John's College of Annapolis, MD, and the University of the South in Sewanne, Tennessee.
The Princeton Review interviewed more than 100,000 students to compile the 2003 edition of the "Best 345 Colleges." In its 11th year, the book ranks schools in categories including "Best Academic Experience," "Most Diverse Population," and even "Best Party School."
Because of it's third-place ranking, Marlboro College was featured on the Aug. 20 edition of NBC's Today Show.
Marlboro also ranked tenth in the nation for the "Students Happy with Financial Aid" category, seventeenth for "Intercollegiate sports unpopular or nonexistent," and number 11 in the country for "Quality of Life."
On news of the rankings, Marlboro College President Paul LeBlanc said he is not surprised the college ranked so well in academics.
"Colleges and universities today are investing vast sums in fitness centers, food courts, luxury dormitories, and technology, some of it quite necessary and some of it superfluous. Marlboro adheres to the principle that small works best, that the single most important component of the learning experience is the relationship of a student and a professor, and we will continue to invest our resources accordingly. The latest Princeton Review validates our belief," he said, adding that the faculty at Marlboro deserve praise for their efforts.
"All of us remember our very best teachers and we almost always describe them as making our learning come alive, as relevant, as lighting a spark within us. As a parent, there is no better feeling than having a son or daughter come home excited about his or her work, energized by new ideas, and intellectually engaged. That's what our faculty does best. That's what the Princeton Review recognized about Marlboro's learning model."
Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 300 undergraduate students enjoy a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community, and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro's nearby Brattleboro-based Persons School features four master's degree programs -- Systems Integration Management, Internet Strategy Management, Teaching with Internet Technologies, and Internet Engineering. The Brattleboro campus is located in the Marlboro College Technology Center, which brings together education and entrepreneurship, while offering technology resources to the community.