International Students

Marlboro College’s small, rural, and tight-knit academic community is an ideal environment for international students to engage in high level academic work while also being part of a community that supports them like a family. 

Below, you will find helpful information for international students interested in enrolling in our undergraduate program. If you have further questions about enrollment and admissions, please contact the admissions office at 1-800-343-0049 or by email at

Why Study at a Liberal Arts and Sciences School?

Liberal arts and sciences does not refer to a political leaning or a program where students only study art or science. A liberal arts and sciences education refers to an educational program where students have a broad foundation of study in addition to targeted exploration of specific fields. Liberal arts and sciences institutions teach their students to think critically and develop arguments through both writing and speech, which are important skills for international students to master.

Marlboro College is similar to other liberal arts and sciences colleges in that we encourage broad study across our curriculum. We differ, however, from most other colleges in that we do not require students to take any specific course to fulfill a requirement. We let students’ passions govern which classes they take and what they choose to study. It’s really the best of both worlds. 


Application Instructions

Marlboro College takes pride in its community of self-reliant, independent thinkers. Application documents are designed to help us paint a holistic picture of the applicant as a student, but also as a future community member. We keep in mind not only the student’s past achievements but also their potential to thrive and be successful in a challenging academic environment, while fitting into, and benefiting from, Marlboro’s unique approach. For your application to be processed, we need to receive the following documents.

Completed Common Application or Marlboro Application

You have your choice of filling out either the Common Application or the Marlboro Application. The Common Application is accepted by other colleges as well, and can be sent to several colleges at once. If you are not applying to other Common Application schools, you can submit the alternative Marlboro Application directly to us here at Marlboro.

“Why Marlboro?” Essay

The “Why Marlboro?” essay 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. The average “Why Marlboro?” statement is around 500 words.

Expository Writing Sample

A student’s expository writing sample should demonstrate their current analytical writing skills. The paper you submit should be at least three pages long, be written for an academic course you’ve recently taken, and be in English. Poetry and fiction are not considered as academic writing samples.

Official Transcripts (with certified translation)

International students are asked to submit official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities they have previously attended or currently attend. If you are studying or have studied in a non-English speaking country, you are responsible for having a certified translation of your transcripts completed and sent to Marlboro College.

For high school-level transcripts, please also attach an explanation of the grading system used. We recommend also including any further information that helps give a context to your records, such as your school’s course structure or the country’s school system. For you to be eligible for merit-based scholarships, information about your academic performance needs to be accurate and compelling.

Independent transcript evaluation is required for all international students who have completed any university-level coursework outside of the United States. Transcript evaluations can be performed by any accredited transcript evaluation service, such as WES (World Education Services). Marlboro only accepts course-by-course evaluations. Please  check here for a full list of acceptable service providers. It is critical that you read and follow the “Required Documents” information specific to your country of study to ensure that your evaluation is completed as quickly as possible. Please make sure that Marlboro College is listed as one of the recipients of the evaluation. Our address is as follows:

Marlboro College
P.O. Box A
Marlboro, VT 05344

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. One recommendation must be submitted by a teacher who knows you well. The second may be from another adult who you know well — a guidance counselor, teacher, coach, employer, etc.

Demonstration of English Language Proficiency

As an international student applying to Marlboro College, you need to have a level of English-speaking and writing skills that will allow you to be fully engaged in the classroom and the community.

If you are a student whose first language is not English, we ask that you submit one of the following:

  • Official TOEFL score. Scores should be sent directly from the testing centers to Marlboro College, (the Marlboro College code is 3509-00). TOEFL information is available from U.S. embassies worldwide, as well as through the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540 USA and at
  • Official IELTS score. Scores should be sent directly from the testing centers to Marlboro College. Information about IELTS is available at

Successful students typically have TOEFL scores equal to, or above, 90 (internet-based) 233 (computer-based) or 577 (paper-based), or an IELTS score of 7 or above.

Alternatively, we also accept documentation showing that the primary language of your academic instruction has been English for at least 4 years.

Students with academic degrees from native English speaking countries (Australia, Canada—except Quebec—Ireland, New Zealand, Commonwealth Caribbean, and United Kingdom) do not have to submit these documents. For students who have attended a U.S. institution for a period of one or more years, the requirement may be waived on an individual basis. To be considered for official TOEFL or IELTS waiver, students must submit official transcripts of academic study, showing proof of attendance at a U.S. institution and satisfactory academic progress during their period of study.

Completed Certification of Finances

After they are admitted, international applicants are asked to provide, via mail, the information requested in our International Students Certification of Finances. Students without a completed Certification of Finances will not be issued I-20s.

For students transferring from a U.S. institution, a completed Transfer Certification Form

International students who are currently studying in the United States, and wish to transfer to Marlboro College from a U.S. institution, must submit a copy of the current valid immigration document, visa, I-94, and passport as well as the Transfer of Certification Form.

International students who are currently studying outside the United States, and wish to transfer to Marlboro College from a foreign institution, must submit their transcripts as described in the TRANSCRIPTS section.


Interviews are required of all applicants to Marlboro College, and can be conducted on campus, over the phone, or via Skype. Please contact the admissions office to set up your interview.

Please note: Documents submitted to Marlboro College will not be returned to the student.

Evaluation and Acceptance Process

After we receive the required documents for admissions, we will evaluate your transcripts and notify you of your admission decision.

Upon admission to Marlboro College, you will be asked to download our International Students Certification of Finances form and mail this to us. Once we receive this completed and signed document by post and verify it, we will send an I-20 form which you will bring to your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy.

For specific questions concerning your application, please contact the admissions office at 800-343-0049 or For specific questions concerning your visa process, please call 802-258-9236 or email

Scholarships for International Students

International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships up to $16,500 USD annually. Every applicant is considered for a scholarship and it is awarded at the time of admission. International students are also eligible to hold a job on campus, though they should be realistic about the number of hours per week they can work (6-10 hours is typical).

Students are asked to complete a Certification of Finances to demonstrate an ability to fund their education. Keep in mind that I-20s will only be issued after you have been accepted to the college, submitted your Certificate of Finances, and paid your $400 non-refundable enrollment deposit.

Important Notes on Maintaining Your Student Status

Once you enter the U.S. as a non-immigrant student, you are required to meet the following obligations in order to maintain your lawful student status. You must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student each semester at Marlboro College. Full-time is considered 12-18 credits per semester.
  • Not participate in any off-campus employment without proper authorization from the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Complete your educational program by the date specified on your I-20 or DS2019. If you cannot complete your program in time, you must meet with the director of international services and apply for program extension at least 15 days before your I-20 or DS2019 expires.
  • Notify the director of international services if you plan to transfer from Marlboro College to another school or language institution.
  • Keep the registrar for Marlboro College and the director of international services informed of your current address, telephone number, and email address.
  • Notify the Department of Homeland Security of a change of address with in 10 days of the change.
  • Keep your passport valid at all times.
  • Maintain insurance coverage for yourself and all dependents in the U.S.

Failure to Maintain Status

If you fail to maintain your lawful F-1 or J-1 status, you are considered to be unlawfully present in the U.S. In this case you may request to be reinstated by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and only the Department of Homeland Security is authorized to decide whether or not to reinstate the student. Violations of status and being unlawfully present in the U.S. carry serious consequences, so make sure that you carefully follow the regulations and properly maintain your status at all times.

Refer to the Department of Homeland Security Study in the States website for more information on maintaining your student status.

Want to learn more about Marlboro?

Feel free to contact us at any time during the application process:

Admissions Office, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT 05344 • Email:

Phone: 800-343-0049 or 802-258-9236 •Fax: 802-451-7555

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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.