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Applying to Marlboro

If you are looking for an intentionally small, intellectually demanding liberal arts school where students are seen, heard, known, and valued, Marlboro College would be a great college choice for you.

Marlboro assesses student potential in the unique context of each applicant's experience, without the confines of GPAs or standardized test scores. There is no formula for what makes a student a "good fit" for Marlboro, but applicants are reviewed with an eye towards intellectual promise, self-motivation, self-discipline, and ability to positively contribute to our community.

To apply, follow the guidelines below and see special considerations for first-year students, transfers, international students, homeschooled students, and veterans.

Applicants may choose to use either the Common Application (with the Marlboro Supplement) or our own Marlboro College Application.

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Important Dates

Marlboro admits students through Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision plans. Contact the admissions office if you have missed a deadline.

 DeadlineNotificationDeposit Due
Fall '19 Early DecisionNov 15Dec 1Dec 15
Fall '19 Early ActionJan 15Feb 1May 1
Fall '19 Regular DecisionMar 15Apr 1May 1
Spr. '19 Regular DecisionDec 1Dec 15Dec 19
Fall '19 TransferMar 15Apr 1May 1
Spring '19 TransferDec 15Dec 21January 2


It is the policy of Marlboro College not to discriminate in its admissions program, student services or hiring practices on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnic origin, age, or disability. Inquiries regarding discrimination should be made to the Compliance Coordinator, Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont 05344, 802-257-4333.

How to Apply

  • Application – Students may apply to Marlboro College using the Common Application or the Marlboro College Application.
  • Why Marlboro? Supplemental Essay – This is an opportunity to tell us who you are, how you think, what you value, and how your interest in Marlboro fits into your overall goals. Attach it to your Marlboro College Application or  Marlboro's Common Application Supplement. Most students' essays are around one page.
  • Expository Writing Sample – Provide us with an analytical writing sample. Writing samples can be uploaded to the Marlboro Supplement at the Common Application, uploaded to your Marlboro Application, or sent via mail or email. This paper should have been written for an academic class, and should accurately reflect your current analytical writing skills. There is no length requirement, but we prefer to see papers of three or more pages.
  • School Transcripts – First year students should ask their guidance counselor to send their transcript to Marlboro College. Transfer students must provide a transcript from each institution attended, and may be asked to provide their high school transcript as well.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Two recommendations are required. One recommendation must be submitted by a teacher who knows you well. The second may be from another adult who knows you well—it may be a guidance counselor, teacher, coach, employer, etc.
  • Interview – Interviewing is required for all students. Interviews give you the opportunity to learn more about us, and help the admissions committee determine whether you are a good fit for Marlboro. Arrange one by contacting the admissions office.
  • Test Scores – Test scores are optional for all applicants. If you feel that your SAT or ACT scores are representative of your overall academic ability and would like for them to be considered in your application review, you are welcome to submit them. The codes for Marlboro College are: SAT-3509, ACT-4304.
  • At any time during the application process, you are welcome to contact the admissions office at; Phone: 800-343-0049 or 802-258-9236; Fax: 802-451-7555 or contact your admissions counselor.

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