College Senior 2012-04-27T15:21:54Z
Given the small size of Marlboro College, the whole community eats together in one dining hall. The food is average, with vegetarian and vegan-friendly options at every meal. The kitchen does their best to provide some local and organic foods as well. There is also a "Coffee Shop/Grill" that is open after meals and has some decent food.
College Senior 2012-04-27T15:15:23Z
Flexible With Accessible Professors – The curriculum at Marlboro College is unique because it is largely self-designed, culminating with a large senior project. Marlboro encourages students to study broadly and draw parallels between a variety of interests. By junior year, many classes are conducted as one-on-one tutorials. The professors are incredibly accessible and willing to work with the students to make courses interesting.
College Senior 2012-04-27T15:11:16Z
Nice Computer Lab – The computer lab has nice computers and a great new printer. There is WiFi everywhere on campus, and the connection is generally fast. Laptops are useful both for entertainment purposes and for academics, but it's certainly possible to make do without.
College Junior 2012-04-21T22:10:24Z
Good in Theory – The school offers some free van rides to Brattleboro and back, but the times that they run are very few and far between. There's also a free bus called the Moover (it's painted like a cow) that makes about one or two trips between Marlboro and Brattleboro a day. Oftentimes, if you need to get into town during certain time frame, you're forced to use the local taxi service, where you can charge the ride right to your student account. However, the rides are extremely overpriced and are often late (my cab even broke down once!)
As far as long-distance transportation goes, there's a greyhound bus stop nearby (though I've never used it), and the Amtrak Vermonter, which I've ridden on many many times, stops in Brattleboro, which is really convenient if you live along the eastern part of the country.
College Junior 2012-04-21T21:49:49Z
Health & Safety:
A Safe Place – Marlboro is a safe place. You can walk alone at night without feeling threatened, and we only have one security guard, Pete, who's known for his funny conversations at two in the morning.
College Junior 2012-04-21T21:48:30Z
The college is located near the town of Marlboro, a tiny place with a wildlife museum, post office, and fire department. A (free) 20-minute drive away is Brattleboro, a small artsy city with some pretty nice thrift stores, restaurants, tea and coffee lounges, a great natural food co-op, and a really awesome art-deco movie theater. There are many opportunities for all kinds of outdoor sports in the area, and I've never felt unsafe walking alone at night. Everyone here is pretty friendly.
College Junior 2012-02-10T16:32:01Z
Small Dorms Mean Great Relationships – All the dorms at Marlboro are pretty small, no more than say, 30 people in a dorm. The best dorms are the newly renovated Howland, Happy Valley because there are great parties and the rooms are pretty big. The worst are Shrader, Half-Way/ All-The-Way, Marlboro Gardens (aka the Trailer).
College Junior 2012-02-10T16:28:54Z
It's Freezing and Icy. Most of the roads on campus aren't paved and so there is a huge problem with ice. Walking anywhere can prove to be a serious challenge. There are many days when you just want to stay inside to avoid the icy death outside or the ever-falling snow.
College Junior 2012-02-10T16:26:44Z
Guys & Girls:
I Hope You Like Hippies and Hipsters – There are an abundance of hipsters here, and a few genuine hippies. Everyone sleeps with everyone and nudity is welcome always.
The girls don't shave and neither do the guys. If you don't like girls with hairy pits/legs and hipsters galore, you'll hate it here.
College Junior 2012-02-10T16:22:41Z
Food Sucks – The worst thing about Marlboro is the food. About once a week there will be a great meal but usually it's awful. There is a place to get food in the campus center but it's overpriced and the hours aren't concrete.
College Junior 2012-02-10T16:21:25Z
Very Challenging – Classes are hard and you will be worked extremely hard but the education you receive is incredible.
College Junior 2012-02-10T16:18:23Z
This school is amazing. Admissions are kind of easy but not everyone who gets in can make it here. The work is extremely rigorous but the professors are amazing. It's really easy to get close to them and they can be your best allies. The campus is gorgeous and the buildings are too. The sense of community is abundant and the students are really diverse and wonderful.
College Junior 2012-02-10T16:11:53Z
The college has vans that run to town every so often and organized van runs to events. There is also the Moover which is public transportation and it picks you up right in front of the dining hall.
College Junior 2012-02-10T16:09:42Z
Best Advice 'Dont Be Stupid and Don't Get Caught' – We're on a mountain in the middle of nowhere. During the week students work very hard so on the weekends, parties are raging. Don't smoke in your dorm, don't drink in front of faculty/staff if you're underage, don't smoke in buildings accept the Happy Valley common room. It's kind of a live and let live situation. Most of the campus drinks and/or smokes weed but the party community has a pretty decent relationship with the chem free social circle.
College Junior 2011-12-21T06:14:41Z
Good for a Private School – Most students complain about student debt, but then-again who doesn't. Marlboro is pretty generous with their financial aid packages and this leads to a large diversity in economic background. Work study jobs are also abundant but few pay more than minimum wage. But when it comes down to it, Marlboro is far from a public school and if finances are tight, you may work during the summers to cover the extra costs.
College Junior 2011-12-21T06:08:01Z
Guys & Girls:
Diverse in Excentricity – If you're into the average American Kid, you're not gonna find them here. Even the "normal kids" have their quirks and love them. What is common about both guys and girls is that they are going to be different and strong-willed.
The unavoidable part of Marlboro is that the pool is small. Therefore you'll know anyone you hook-up with.
College Junior 2011-12-21T05:56:02Z
Embrace the Out-Doors and Your School Work – All of the facilities are oriented around getting work done and getting out. The two strongest facilities on campus are the Out-Door Program and the Library. The Library is gorgeous and has a variety of places to study from group work rooms to nooks and individual desks tucked away in the corner. But the best part is that it is open 24-7! This may seem superfluous but it's really valuable when you get the early morning inspiration after partying hard on a Saturday night or want to work an all nighter and watch the sunrise when you finish.
Secondly, the out doors program is insane. They keep all of the miles of trails groomed for hikes, biking and skiing. They have all of the gear you'll need to be active. There are plenty of school-sponsored trips to everything from rock climbing spots to protests in NYC.
As far as other facilities go, we're pretty much average except that all spaces such as work out rooms and the campus center are open 24/7.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-16T14:36:41Z
Small Dorm Life – The dorms at Marlboro are pretty small, around 20 or so to a dorm. Not every dorm has a common room, but this is a good thing. With so few people, it's better that they congregate in fewer spaces. A quick breakdown - Happy Valley- the common room has the only indoor smoking space, Happy Valley throws a lot of parties and drinks a lot. Howland- Two dorms smashed together with a large shared common room. Howland's bathrooms are shared. (but you could walk for 30 seconds and find a single) Random North- no common room, nothing to talk about. Random South- smells funny. Schrader is cooler than the Trailer, and Half-Way doesnt seem to do much. Pretty much every dorm is 2 minutes away from everything so really pick any dorm but Random South
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-16T14:30:56Z
Potash Hill – Marlboro College is on Potash Hill, which is about 20 minutes from the town of Brattleboro. Going to Brattleboro is too much of a hassle for much of the student body, and in winter, pretty much everybody stays on the hill, all the time. That said, it's a beautiful campus with acres and acres of forest and miles of trails.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-16T14:29:17Z
As Good as It Could Be – At Marlboro, their are usually fewer than ten students to a class. If there are more, they probably wrote to the professor to get into the class. People take their academics seriously, and the professors are great. And if you aren't impressed with the curriculum, you can design your own classes and coursework, and it can be one on one with a professor or you can invite all your friends.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-03T06:09:14Z
It's Ok – It's ok. That's really kind of it. If you want to take a class, chances are, as long as you're a junior or senior, they'll design a tutorial. You'll have to work really hard, but you'll definitely learn lots. There's not much variety here, though. Everyone acts very individual and like themselves, but we all kind of tend to be similar selfs. There can be tons of drama, especially if it snows and everyone's trapped on campus. It's a small campus, with a small student-body. Everyone on campus either loves or hates Marlboro, so it's kind of difficult to have the 'it's ok' opinion.
One thing that is fantastic is that you WILL be accepted for whatever you are, and you'll be loved for it. So long as you put yourself out there, others will take you in and be fantastic friends. It's all about being yourself in the truest sense of that, not in some who-can-be-weirdest kind of way. It gives you a great way of looking at the world.
One not-so-fantastic thing is that it is very difficult to actually see the world from inside Marlboro. It's extremely isolated, and it's difficult to get away. there's a different mindset that happens on campus, where cabin fever is definitely present and drama is thick in the air and something of a competition is taking place. You will hear everyone's drama, and many people seem to forget that there is a whole wide world outside of this school and, well, themselves. It's the kind of isolated place that forces you to reflect on yourself. Constantly.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-03T06:00:45Z
or no official greek life, anyway. There are unofficial clubs, I suppose.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-03T05:58:13Z
Not Really Existent – Unless you want to go down to Brattleboro, which you can really only do with a car unless you want to stay for odd hours (either five hours or about half an hour for walking around town- those are the times the vans allow). If you do get into Brat, it has a few fair places to get food. Coffee shops and bakeries are your best bet, and if you have the money, Fireworks is AMAZING.
If you can't get a ride, there is no off-campus dining. There is literally no where you could feasibly walk off campus that would give you food.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-11T11:09:56Z
Not Much – If you're into athletics you shouldn't come here. You can start any kind of club you want but there is no competition.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-02T05:52:54Z
Parking is free in one of the three lots that are adjacent to campus, but if you're lazy enough to try to park on campus you may get a ticket, that you probably wont have to pay.
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