Living at Marlboro

Home to 300 undergraduates, Marlboro College is intentionally small. Single-digit class sizes and communal meals in the dining hall (there’s only one on campus) mean that you’ll get to know everyone on campus—and they’ll know you.

Marlboro operates as a self-governing community. As part of this community, you’ll get to participate in Town Meeting, a monthly assembly of students, faculty, and staff during which college-wide issues are discussed and brought to vote. You can also serve on committees that govern various facets of campus life—from curriculum development and faculty hiring to public art and food services.

Around Campus

Marlboro’s campus encompasses more than 450 acres, with 17 miles of maintained trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. Campus features include a rock climbing wall, art gallery, student-run coffee shop, and organic farm. Campus activities are largely organized by students and evolve yearly based on student interest. Some past and present activities include yoga, fencing, open mic nights, contra dancing, and Queer Homecoming. 

Brattleboro and Beyond

Just 20 minutes down the road from campus is Brattleboro, referred to simply as “town” by Marlboro community members. Recognized by Fodor’s and Smithsonian magazine as one of “the best small towns in America,” Brattleboro offers a lively mix of art galleries, music venues, cafes, restaurants, bookstores, a community-owned food co-op, and an art-deco theater. Noteworthy events in Brattleboro include a monthly Gallery Walk to showcase works by local artists, a weekly farmers’ market during the warmer months, and the Brattleboro Literary Festival in October.

You can explore other parts of Vermont through campus-sponsored day trips to Burlington, Wilmington, and other destination towns or through Outdoor Program excursions to area state parks and mountains for skiing, hiking, climbing, and other activities. If you’re craving big-city hustle, Marlboro is two hours from Boston and four hours from New York City.