Frequently Asked Questions

What are you looking for in a student?

Marlboro College seeks students with intellectual promise, a high degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, personal stability, social concern and the ability and desire to contribute to the college community. Marlboro is not the school for everyone; however, if you are an independent thinker and have a passion for learning, you will find here a community of scholars unlike that at any other college.

How do I visit the college?

We encourage all prospective students to visit our campus and explore our academic community. The admissions office is open for appointments Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To arrange a visit, please call our toll free number 800-343-0049 or fill out the Visit Request Form.

There are many different types of visits:

Tour and Classes — Please allow at least three hours for this visit. You will have a student-led tour of campus, after which you will visit a class we have helped you select in advance.

Interview — Interviews are required for all applicants. Please contact the admissions office to schedule your interview.

Weekend Visitors — For those who come to campus during the weekend, we offer self-guided tour pamphlets just outside the admissions entrance. Feel free to take a walking tour of campus, explore the buildings and learn a bit about their history and other unique aspects of our community.

We request two days' notice, if possible, to arrange an interview. If you drop by without an appointment, however, we will do our best to arrange one.

Are interviews required?

Interviews are required for all applicants. For students who are unable to visit campus, the admissions office can arrange a phone interview.

If you have specific questions about interviews you can contact us at 1-800-343-0049.

We offer interviews Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. To schedule an interview, please call 1-800-343-0049.

Do you require SAT/ACT scores?

No. It is your decision whether to submit your SAT/ACT scores during your application process.

When are your deadlines and notification dates?

Because the admissions committee meets weekly, applicants who have submitted all required application materials are typically able to be reviewed within two weeks from their completion date for a decision.

Spring term: The application deadline for January term is December 15, with notification by December 21.

Fall term:

Early Decision: Application deadline is November 15, with notification by December 1 and a deposit deadline of December 15.

Early Action: Application deadline is January 15, with notification by February 1 and a deposit deadline of May 1.

Regular Admission: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all seats are filled.

Transfer Admission: Application deadline is April 1, with notification by April 15 and a deposit deadline of May 1.

What is the difference between Early Decision and Early Action?

The option to apply to Marlboro under the Early Decision plan is for students who have investigated Marlboro thoroughly and have found it to be their first choice. Students may apply to other colleges as well, but if they are accepted by Marlboro, they must withdraw all other applications and commit to attending Marlboro. Early Action is not binding and is for students who wish an early response to their application for admission. Students may submit applications to other colleges as well.

What is your application procedure for transfer students?

The only difference between the application procedure for first-year and transfer applicants is that transfer students must submit official copies of transcripts from all colleges attended.

We will try to schedule your interview with a faculty member in your area of interest, especially if you would transfer in as a junior. If you have your transfer transcripts, bring them with you to the interview so that you and the faculty member can discuss your future studies should you enroll at Marlboro.

Transfer students will receive credit for comparable liberal arts courses at accredited institutions if they have received grades of C- or better. Please call the registrar's office at 802-251-7609 for further information regarding credit transfer.

What is your application procedure for the World Studies Program?

It's just the same as for regular admission; all incoming students can enroll in World Studies Program (WSP) courses, and some will chose to pursue an international studies degree through the program. Some factors will help prepare you for the WSP include: participating in a high school foreign exchange program, a facility with foreign languages, interest in other cultures and global issues and a high level of self-reliance and motivation.

What is your application procedure for international students?

The process of applying as an international student can be time-consuming because there are many more considerations and requirements. Sufficient financial resources to support study in the United States are required for immigration purposes, including documented proof of ability to meet the budget expectation (including tuition, fees, room & board, books, supplies and international and domestic travel) for one year of $47,740.

There are also academic qualifications, which at Marlboro include a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based), 213 (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based). International students must also submit scores for the SAT or ACT exam in addition to the TOEFL test.

While federal funds are reserved for U.S. citizens, international students may also qualify for merit-based scholarships based upon the admissions committee's selection.

To help you begin the application process, please carefully review the following important financial information.

Financial Aid Information for International Students

Academic Year Expenses

If you believe that you are able to meet our admissions and financial requirements, please submit your official TOEFL score report in addition to completing the remaining application requirements outlined in our how to apply section.

Please note, Marlboro College does not send you the I-20 form, which is needed to obtain an F-1 visa to study in the United States, until you have been admitted to Marlboro College and have accepted the offer with a small deposit which is requested of all new students.

Are there any scholarships available?

Yes! All students who apply for admission with an unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) are eligible for renewable Marlboro scholarships each academic year.

Merit awards are renewable on an annual basis under the following criteria: Students must be enrolled full-time (approved leave of absence and absentia will be considered) for consecutive semesters. Adequate academic progress with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher must be maintained. Students lose scholarship eligibility upon withdrawal from the college. Eligibility will not be reinstated if the student is readmitted at a later date.

While the following GPA ranges provide some structure in determining scholarship eligibility, each scholarship awarded is ultimately determined by a holistic review of all of the application materials submitted in each applicant's file. Because of this, applicants may be awarded scholarships at levels above or below their respective grade point averages.

The following scholarships are awarded:

3.8 and higher are eligible for a $12,500 Trustees Merit Scholarship

3.4-3.79 are eligible for a $10,000 Presidents Merit Scholarship

3.2-3.39 are eligible for a $7,500 a Deans Merit Scholarship

3.0-3.19 are eligible for a $2,500 60th Anniversary Scholarship

Any applicant who demonstrates exemplary leadership qualities and sustained involvement in their community may be eligible for a Leadership Grant up to $2,000 per academic year. Students lose scholarship eligibility upon withdrawal from the college. Eligibility will not be reinstated if the student is readmitted at a later date.

Where an unweighted grade point average is not available on an an applicant's transcript, as is the case with home schooled students, the awarding of a scholarship will be based upon the following criteria: rigor of curriculum, grades/written evaluations, writing samples, recommendations, co-curricular involvement, community service and quality of the application.

The final awarding of all scholarships to eligible applicants is ultimately at the admission committee's discretion.

Do you accept students who have been homeschooled?

Yes! Often, homeschooling engenders many of the same qualities that one finds in successful Marlboro students: self-motivation, a passion for learning and original thought. As such, homeschoolers have been among our strongest candidates for admissions.

The application procedure for homeschooled students is the same as for other students with the notable exception of the high school transcript requirement. In lieu of a transcript, we ask for a description of the homeschool curriculum. This would include lists of books read, projects completed and areas of study.

What is a recognized equivalent to a high school diploma?

To establish academic and federal financial aid eligibility, all students must be qualified to study at the post-secondary level. A student qualifies if he/she has a high school diploma or the recognized equivalent.

Recognized equivalents typically include: a general education development or GED certificate; a certificate demonstrating that a homeschooled student has passed an examination recognized by his/her state as the equivalence of a high school diploma; or demonstration that the student has passed a Department of Education-approved "Ability-to-Benefit" test.

Can I submit a piece of poetry or creative writing for my writing sample?

The writing sample which we require for your application should be an expository piece: a research paper, essay or nonfiction piece. In this sample we are looking for evidence of clear writing and analytical thought.

As for your poetry or creative writing, we'd love to see it. You should feel free to submit any items you feel would support your application. Video tapes, audio tapes, slides, poetry, creative writing—all are welcome.

Can I share my art in the application process?

Yes! While we don't require that you complete the Arts Supplement form on the Common Application, if you would like to share your pictures, photos, video, music, etc. with your application, please send a DVD or CD of your work. We look forward to reviewing it!

What are your SAT/CEEB and ACT institutional code numbers?

The SAT and CEEB code number for Marlboro is 3509. The ACT code number is 4304.

Do you accept AP credits?

Marlboro College will grant 4 credits for each Advanced Placement Examinations with a score of 4 or 5. There is a limit of 16 credits total. These credits will not be applied to the Plan of Concentration, the self-designed course of study all Marlboro students undertake in their last two years.

Does Marlboro grant deferrals to accepted students?

Yes, Marlboro does grant deferrals up to two semesters. Deposited students are permitted to defer unless they plan to enroll in another college or university during the period of their deferral.

To process your deferral request, accepted students must submit the Intent to Enroll Form with a $400 enrollment fee and the Deferral Request Form by July 15.

Financial aid awards are not transferable. Therefore, students who have received financial aid awards who defer admission will need to resubmit a new FAFSA in order to receive an updated financial aid award if they intend to enroll in the following academic year.

Students who defer from the fall to the spring semester of the same academic year do not need to resubmit a FAFSA.

Scholarships are not automatically transferable for accepted students who defer admission.