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Green Mountain College Agreement

In January 2019, following the decision of Green Mountain College (GMC) to end operations at the close of the academic year, GMC and Marlboro College concluded an exigency transfer or “teach-out” agreement.

This agreement will enable currently enrolled Green Mountain College students to complete their bachelor’s or master’s degree at Marlboro and to make the process as seamless as possible, with terms designed to foster student success.

If you are a GMC student interested in completing your degree at Marlboro College, please let us know by filling out this form.

Dear Green Mountain College Student, 

Marlboro College feels for the Green Mountain College community during this difficult time, and we are honored to support GMC and its students through this transition. The “teach-out” agreement between our two institutions respects the values, principles, and legacy of Green Mountain College’s approach to the liberal arts and sciences. We hope to bring you into the Marlboro fold while allowing you to complete your degree in a manner that is congruent with your Green Mountain experience.

Located on the other side of the Green Mountains from GMC, Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, develop clear and effective writing skills, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment, and make a positive difference in the world. At our campus in Marlboro, Vermont, 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.

Marlboro’s pride, since 1946, has been maintaining the quality of the education we offer. We have a frugal, hardworking community, and this philosophy translates to how we handle our finances as well as our academics. Financially, Marlboro is stable. We have, thanks to our loyal alumni and donors, a $38 million endowment, roughly translating to $250,000 per student. We are excited to understand and meet future challenges in the field of higher education—especially for small liberal arts colleges in New England—and we will do so with the transparency and openness as exemplified by our Town Meetings and open trustee meetings. We’re looking forward to the coming years, and we would welcome the opportunity to work alongside you.

Fumio Sugihara, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid


The central idea behind a Marlboro education is as radical and distinctive in 2019 as it was in 1946. In many ways, it’s better suited to the demands of the modern world—where success requires flexibility, versatility, and broad communicative fluency. What makes a person successful in 2019 and beyond is increasingly not specialized knowledge, but key skills. And we believe there are three specific, transferable key skills that can be directly correlated with success after graduation, however one chooses to define it:

  • The ability to write with clarity and precision.
  • The ability to work, live, and communicate with a wide range of individuals.
  • The ability to lead an ambitious project from idea to execution.

The three foundations of a Marlboro education— the Clear Writing Requirement, our focus on community governance and civic engagement, and the Plan of Concentration—speak directly to these three key skills.

No matter where your educational path might take you, Marlboro can promise you that you’ll graduate with the skills you need for a successful life. The extraordinary degree of academic freedom provided by Marlboro’s self-directed curriculum is made possible by this promise.


Marlboro College is a learning environment that emphasizes sustainability, social justice, and community. The campus is located on the site of 19th-century hill farms, built around a cluster of restored historic buildings, and reflects the college’s respect for the rural landscape and frugal community lifestyle. In many cases, the tradition of a working landscape has continued, whether in the early maple sugaring operation, run as a commercial student venture, or the Christmas tree plantation, remnants of which may still be found behind campus. More recently, students have operated an organic farm since 2002 and helped harvest and mill pines from the college’s own forests for use in a recent addition to the Outdoor Program building.

The Fine Print

  1. Marlboro College will waive admission application fees for students applying through this agreement.
  2. Marlboro College will accept currently matriculated students who are in good conduct and good academic standing at Green Mountain College as of May 19, 2019, including those who may be on a leave of absence.
  3. Marlboro College will accept academic credits completed at or transferred into Green Mountain College with regard to fulfilling general education and major requirements so as to facilitate timely degree completion. This includes grades of D or above, but not incompletes.
  4. Marlboro College will provide a financial aid package to each student that creates an equivalent or lower net tuition expense for 2019-2020 as the student was billed by Green Mountain College in 2018-2019. Green Mountain College will provide a record of current financial aid packages for all students that apply to Marlboro College.
  5. Green Mountain College will provide official final transcripts for all students who transfer to Marlboro College.
  6. Marlboro College will provide courses for degrees for which it is approved in a timely manner so as to facilitate students’ completion of a degree.
  7. Any Green Mountain College student who fails to apply, be accepted, and matriculate at Marlboro College by September 1, 2019 shall be excluded from this agreement

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