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Marlboro College

School Summary
2582 South Rd
Marlboro, VT 05344
(802) 490-0553
Degree Type:
Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Campus Setting:
Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:

About Marlboro College

The small town of Marlboro, located in Windham County in southern Vermont, is home to the small liberal arts school Marlboro College. In the summer, two special events are big draws: the Marlboro Music Festival, held on the college campus, and Civil War Days, Vermont's largest Civil War event. The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum is also located there. Marlboro is a small hill town that has become a resort for all seasons. Skiing, hiking and bicycling are popular activities, but the town also has several antique shops and some fine lodging and dining. Nearby is the slightly larger city of Brattleboro, home of cultural institutions such as the Brattleboro Music Center, the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center, and River Valley Performing Arts Center. Brattleboro also features many galleries, music venues, book shops, cafes, and restaurants to experience.

Marlboro College was founded in 1946 by veterans of World War II on Potash Hill in Marlboro, Vermont. All operations were initially financed using money received from the GI Bill. The campus now incorporates the buildings of two old farms that operated on the college site at one time. The 300-acre campus is represents the epitome of rural New England, complete with white-clapboard buildings and apple trees among the foothills of the Green Mountains. Marlboro is a residential, coeducational, private liberal arts college. The student to faculty ratio is 8:1, with an average class size of only ten students. Marlboro College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Marlboro College offers several choices for a four-year BA degree in the arts including photography, film and video studies, and visual arts. The college advises every student to spend the first two years of study completing all required general education courses with a structured program of liberal studies. Students work with advisors to develop a specific course book and plan guide to follow. For those students wishing to pursue the BA in photography, the plan would include basic and introductory photography courses such as black and white photography, intermediate photography, constructed realities, photography and the visual book, the photographic image and word, and photographic methods. Students continue by studying documentary photography, participating in an advanced photography critique and the photography plan seminar, and completing an in-sight photography project. Students may also choose to participate in intermediate and advanced level tutorial classes which are specifically designed by the student and approved by the department head.

Participation in the film and video studies program at Marlboro is typically for students interested in screenwriting, film history, theory, or criticism, or production of documentary, narrative, or experimental film. Students are advised to study across the curriculum, into areas that may compliment their particular interests. For example, students interested in screenwriting may also study creative writing, literature, and psychology. Documentary film students should study anthropology, cultural studies, and sociology. Experimental film students should investigate poetry, visual art, and dance. Basic and introductory courses in the program include film and video production, foreign cinema, and American independent film. Intermediate courses include documentary film theory and practice, video production, cinematography, documentary explorations, experimental film production, and screenwriting.

The visual arts program at Marlboro includes study of ceramics, painting, sculpture, and photography. Students in this program study drawing, art history with an emphasis on direct experience of art works in museums and galleries, work in more than one medium, and completion of a body of work for a final individual exhibition. Two semesters of a course known as art seminar critique are required of juniors and seniors studying visual arts. The seminar meets weekly, providing an opportunity for students to share their work and discuss pertinent issues. The visual arts program also requires that students submit two sets of 35 mm slides showing the student's work. One set is bound with the student's completed plan of study in written form to be kept in the library, and the other is added to the slide collection of the college.

About eighty percent of Marlboro students receive financial aid. This includes institutionally-funded awarded scholarships. New students may be eligible for Presidential and 60th Anniversary Scholarships, both awarded on the basis of academic record, writing skills, standardized test scores and demonstrated leadership qualities. No separate application is required for these scholarships; all accepted students are automatically considered for scholarships by the college admission committee. All other available scholarships require academic excellence as well. Available scholarships include those funded by the George I. Alden Trust, the Robert Sheldon Stainton Scholarship, the Warren R. Sisson Scholarship, the M. Brenn Green Scholarship, the Thomas Thompson Trust Scholarships, the Christopher Boeth Scholarships, the Jean Crosby Markham Scholarship, and the Windham Community Scholarships.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,