The Vermont state motto, “freedom and unity,” captures the spirit of what it’s like to live in the green mountain state. Known for its open-minded attitude, independent shops and businesses, and sprawling natural landscape, Vermont is the kind of place where you can live and let live. It’s also the kind of place where you know your neighbors, where small-town events like harvest festivals draw big crowds, and where grassroots organizing is alive and well.

Vermont enriches the Marlboro College experience in many ways. From an intellectual perspective, Vermont provides rich fodder for student projects and other academic ventures. Marlboro graduate students work with organizations throughout the state as part of their capstone projects and practicum-based learning. Marlboro also participates in regional initiatives, such as Benchmarks for a Better Vermont and the Slow Living Summit, and networks such as the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges – all of which broaden students’ exposure to learning and career opportunities.

Vermont delivers from a social and cultural perspective, too. For those seeking outdoor recreation, the state is teeming with national parks, ski resorts, hiking trails, lakes, and rivers. Marlboro’s own undergraduate campus in the rural town of Marlboro boasts 17 miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails, and nearby Green Mountain National Forest offers activities ranging from mountain biking and fishing to skiing and snowmobiling.

In addition to the great outdoors, the arts are central to Vermont. Students attending classes at Marlboro’s graduate center in downtown Brattleboro need only walk out the door to experience one of the “100 best art towns in America,” according to the book by the same name. Brattleboro plays host to a monthly Gallery Walk, an annual Women’s Film Festival, and lots of live music. Students also have access to other art-centric towns in Vermont, such as Wilmington and Burlington, through regularly offered campus trips.