NewsPress Release: 8/22/02Six Percent of Marlboro College Incoming Class To Hail from Oregon
MARLBORO, VERMONT Six percent of the incoming freshmen class at Marlboro College, in Marlboro, Vermont, will hail this year from the Portland, Oregon area.
Despite the hundreds of miles between the two states, it seems that students from Oregon are drawn to the Green Mountain State and the small liberal arts college because they are simply a good fit, according to Admissions Director Julie Richardson.
There's a fit piece that is very obvious just walking around. Lots of people from progressive areas of Oregon look and dress just like people from progressive areas in Vermont, Richardson laughed, Lots of fleece!
As odd as it may seem to draw such a large percentage of students to the 300 student liberal arts school in southwestern Vermont, the phenomenon is not a new one. In fact, Oregon has been consistently in the colleges top ten states for student enrollment, ranking number nine in a ten year average.
Oregon and Vermont share many things, including beautiful
scenery, concern for the environment, a value for quality education.
Oregon students are more worldly and willing to
leave home, and Portland is especially liberal, Richardson said. I think Vermont's Act 250
laws and prohibitions on billboards are along the same lines as Oregon's designating the entire state coastline as public land and Portland's earmarking 1% of all new construction costs toward public art projects.
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. Marlboros nearby Brattleboro-based Graduate Center features four masters 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.