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MARLBORO, VT - (August 28, 2012) - Marlboro College is pleased to announce that it is featured in the fourth edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 schools that will change the way you think about colleges, the perennially popular guide to profound learning experiences. Prospective college students and their parents have been relying on this indispensable guide since 1995, when author Loren Pope published the first edition.

The new edition states: “Marlboro is a transformative place that turns out the essential leaven of democracy: bold, clear thinkers; people of vision and character. Quite simply, the college fulfills the promise of liberal education.”

“It is always gratifying to be included in each new edition of Colleges That Change Lives,” said Nicole Curvin, Marlboro dean of admissions. “Not only has this important guide led many students to seriously consider Marlboro’s rigorous, self-designed course of study, but it also is a constructive validation of our unique academic model.”

Colleges That Change Lives profiles 40 colleges that, like Marlboro, outdo much larger colleges and universities, including the “Ivies,” in producing successful students. For the latest edition of this classic college guide, reviser Hilary Masell Oswald conducted all new school tours and in-depth interviews, building on Loren Pope’s original work to create a completely updated, more expansive work.

According to the guide, “Marlboro has figured out something most universities in this country have not: The essential work of teaching and learning doesn’t have to be fancy—in fact, it probably shouldn’t be—but it does take a lot of energy and focus on the part of students and professors.” Students describe themselves as “curious, engaged, unconventional and comfortable.”

Marlboro was also rated as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education in the 2013 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 377 Colleges. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in The Princeton Review's flagship college guide, which includes detailed profiles and rankings based on 122,000 student surveys.

“I dictate my own academics at Marlboro,” said one student surveyed by The Princeton Review.  “I have the freedom to seriously study most anything.” Another says, “Students are on equal footing with teachers and decide their own academic paths.” Faculty members are considered “incredibly sharp-witted and compassionate.”

“We commend Marlboro for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president, publisher and author of The Best 377 Colleges. Marlboro had an academic rating of 99 as well as a 99 in for “interesting professors” and a 95 for “accessible professors.” It was included in the top 20 colleges for “class discussion encouraged” (#13), “professors get high marks” (#17), “students study the most” (#13) and “most liberal students” (#10), as well as more humorous categories such as “there’s a game?” (#7).

“Marlboro’s intimate academic environment and self-governing community can be hard to fit into categories typically used to rate colleges, but The Princeton Review does a balanced job of highlighting the college’s strengths,” said Curvin. “We are delighted to be counted among the top colleges by this leader in educational services.” 

Marlboro was included in the revised and updated Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013, a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300+ of the "best and most interesting" colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. Also in August, the college received a 4.5 out of 5 stars on the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index published by Campus Pride, the national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups creating a safer college environment for LGBT students.

Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts for 60 years, with 300 undergraduate students enjoying an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College Graduate School offers master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of education, internet technologies, health care administration, non-profit administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, with courses designed around small classes at the downtown Brattleboro campus complemented by online work and close collaboration.



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