Marlboro College


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August 23, 2005

Marlboro College continues to earn a top spot in the rankings of the Princeton Review's annual Best Colleges guides. In the 2006 edition of The Best 361 Colleges, Marlboro ranked second for "Professors Get High Marks" and "Best Overall Academic Experience," fifth for “Class Discussions Encouraged,” and eighth for “Their Students Never Stop Studying.”

Marlboro College was one of four colleges to obtain the highest evaluation for academic quality in another Princeton Review publication, the 2006 edition of  The Best Northeastern Colleges. Marlboro, Middlebury, Swarthmore, and Williams Colleges were the only schools to receive a 99 in the “Academic Rating” category.

For junior John Berry of Lansing, Michigan, Marlboro’s emphasis on academic excellence reflected in these ratings is what attracted him to the college. “Marlboro’s number one attraction for me was the great faculty interaction,” says the economics and American studies major. “Marlboro’s eight-to-one faculty student ratio is impressive on paper and even more impressive in real life. You get so much attention here that it’s more often one-to-one.”

Another important aspect of Marlboro’s appeal was the emphasis on community participation. “Marlboro really empowers students,” Berry says. Before Marlboro, I was not very involved. Here, I saw that I could make a difference, which made me want to make a difference.” This year, Berry is both the head selectman of the college’s governing body—a campus wide Town Meeting and residential advisor. In the past, he’s served on committees that have focused on every aspect of campus life: the social committee, outdoor program committee, scholarship committee as well as several staff search committees.

President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell is pleased by today’s announcements. “For a college that doesn’t try to compete in the ratings game, we’re happy that the Princeton Review takes us as seriously as we take ourselves in the quality of our faculty and in the overall academic and community experience we offer our students.”

Berry feels that the ratings can be useful but incomplete, and advises students to visit campus to get the true flavor. However, it’s clear that he finds Marlboro’s exemplary academic ratings well founded. “Marlboro has provided me with all the resources I’ve needed to make the most of my college experience every day.”

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 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 has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives.

Marlboro College's Best 361 Colleges Rankings

#2 Professors Get High Marks

#2 Best Overall Academic Experience for Undergraduates

#5 Class Discussions Encouraged

#8 Their Students Never Stop Studying

#13 Professors Make Themselves Accessible

#14 Gay Community Accepted

#9 Students Most Nostalgic for Bill Clinton

#12 Students Ignore God on a Regular Basis

#3 Nobody Plays Intramural Sports

#8 Intercollegiate Sports Unpopular or Nonexistent

#19 Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians

#3 Dodge Ball Targets

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