Marlboro College

News Marlboro College Drops SAT/ACT Test Requirement from Admission Process


Marlboro, VT -- (June 19, 2008) -- Joining a growing list of top colleges nationwide, Marlboro College will make submitting SAT and ACT scores optional for high school seniors who apply for admission, beginning July 1, 2008.

Marlboro made the decision after discussion with its Admissions Committee and the full faculty, joining more than 750 four-year colleges who no longer use these standardized tests to admit substantial numbers of bachelor degree applicants, according to The National Center for Fair and Open Testing.

The Center’s website,, shows many test optional colleges report their applicant pools and enrolled classes have become more diverse without any loss in academic quality as a motivating reason for the policy change.

“Marlboro’s academic program offers students the opportunity to develop their own interests. We’re looking for independent-minded students who are ready to take advantage of that opportunity. Standardized tests don’t really help us identify those students. Nor do they help those students identify us,” noted Felicity Ratté, Dean of Faculty.

Marlboro will continue to accept SAT or ACT test scores from students who believe they strengthen their academic record for admission consideration.

“We have always tried to consider all aspects of a potential student’s academic and co-curricular achievement,” said Ratté. “We need and want students who bring a variety of skills to our self-governing community and we believe those skills are assessed and evidenced in a number of different ways.”

Marlboro received a record 471 applications for this year’s entering class, with 308 accepted. The entering class each fall is around 110 new students.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations Office at 802-251-7644 or

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.


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