Marlboro College

News Marlboro Professors Ranked #1 by Princeton Review

Marlboro, Vermont – (August 6, 2013) – Marlboro College is once again featured and receives high ratings in The Princeton Review’s new 2014 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 378 Colleges (Random House / Princeton Review, $23.99, August 6, 2013). Notably, the education services company ranks Marlboro #1 for “Professors Get High Marks,” and gives the college an overall academic rating of 99, their highest rating. 

“The ‘incredibly sharp-witted and compassionate’ faculty members at Marlboro ‘have strong personalities,’ and relationships with professors are ‘really intimate (in a good way),’” says the guide, quoting surveys filled out by Marlboro students. “‘By the end of a class—provided you participate—they know you well, and you know them well,’ says a student. There’s definitely ‘a relaxed, humorous atmosphere that manages to coexist with the intense academics, somehow.’”

“Of course we’ve always been proud of the excellent professors we bring to Marlboro, their high standard of teaching, and the very substantial role they play in the vision and day-to-day operations of this academic community,” said Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, Marlboro president. “It makes perfect sense to us that they would receive top ratings in Princeton Review’s guide, as the college does in many other aspects.

Marlboro also received high rankings for “Students Study the Most” (#3), “Most Liberal Students” (#5), and, a testament to the general lack of focus on organized sports, “There’s a Game?” (#5). Marlboro was ranked 19th for being “LGBT-Friendly” and 20th for “Most Politically Active Students” out of all 378 colleges included. The college received a 99 for “Professors Interesting,” their highest rating, and a 94 for “Professors Accessible.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in The Best 378 Colleges, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 126,000 students attending the colleges.

“Marlboro College offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher and author of The Best 378 Colleges. “We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.” The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list at

About Marlboro College:
With locations in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains and downtown Brattleboro, Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment, and make a positive difference in the world. At the undergraduate campus, founded in 1946 in the town of Marlboro, and our Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in Brattleboro, students engage in deep exploration of their interests – and discover new avenues for using their skills to benefit themselves and others – in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, social justice, sustainability, and community.

About The Princeton Review

Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review ( is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services. 

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