Quick Facts

General Information

  • Date established: 1946; graduate program 1997
  • Type: residential, coed, private liberal arts college with hybrid graduate and professional studies program
  • Total average enrollment: 175 plus 50 graduate students
  • Student-faculty ratio: 4:1
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Percentage of classes with fewer than 20 students: 96

What others say

  • “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.” – Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools that Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges
  • “I have the freedom to seriously study most anything.” – Student quoted in The Princeton Review's The Best 377 Colleges, where Marlboro received the top rating of 99 for academics and was included in the top 20 colleges for for “class discussion encouraged," “professors get high marks" and “students study the most."
  • “A mere sapling in the groves of academe ... [Marlboro has emerged] among the most highly recommended small colleges in almost every guidebook.” – The Associated Press
  • Marlboro was listed as one of the "25 colleges with the best professors" in a CBS Moneywatch article. The college ranked 15th among 650 U.S. colleges and universities included in the Center for College Affordability and Productivity study.
  • Marlboro College was included in the revised and updated Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013, a selective look at more than 300 of the "best and most interesting" colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. Marlboro was also included in the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges.
  • Marlboro 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.
  • Peterson's Guide to Colleges
  • See what our alumni say in a recent alumni survey.


  • Types of degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, BA and BS in International Studies, Master of Arts, Master of Science, and related certificates.
  • Number of degree fields: 34 undergraduate degree fields and seven graduate programs
  • Number of faculty: 40 full-time faculty in graduate program and 80 adjunct faculty per year in graduate programs
  • Faculty of color: 14 percent undergraduate, 6 percent graduate
  • Languages taught: Chinese, Ancient Greek, Latin, French, Arabic and Spanish.
  • Technology resources: three open computer labs, a digital photography lab, a digital film-video lab, a computational sciences lab, a DNA lab and a language learning lab
  • Notable undergraduate programs and opportunities: Plan of Concentration, World Studies Program, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies
  • Notable graduate programs and opportunities: Capstone Project, integration of theory into practice in the workplace, partnerships with local organizations,
  • President: Kevin Quigley

Campus Life

  • Campus: undergraduate campus on 300 acres of woodlands and meadows, graduate campus in the heart of lively downtown Brattleboro
  • Undergraduate student housing: nine residence halls, three houses, six cottages, two cabins, four apartments
  • Graduate campus life: integrated with life and work at home; periodic residence in Brattleboro, depending on program
  • Undergraduate student life and resources: dean of students office
  • Undergraduate community governance: Town Meeting, with students, faculty, and staff all voting
  • Graduate community engagement: online community with fellow students and collaboration with local partners
  • Undergraduate student organizations: range from student-organized groups such as Pride, PAG (Political Action Group), and Dead Tree Radio to dozens of Town Meeting committees
  • Driving time to: Albany--1.5 hours; Boston--2.5 hours, Burlington, VT--3 hours, Hartford--1.5 hours, Montreal--4.5 hours, New York City--4 hours

Undergraduate Costs and Financial Aid (Fall 2016)

  • Annual tuition: $39,086
  • Annual Room, Board, Fees: $11,746
  • Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 90
  • See more information about the college financial profile.

Graduate Costs and Financial Aid

  • Average annual tuition (full time): $20,790
  • Cost per credit: $620-$730
  • Percentage receiving financial aid in the form of loans: 43 percent
  • Percentage with tuition benefits from employer: 15 percent