We’re so glad you found Marlboro, and it sounds like we would be a good fit for you— tiny, community-oriented, and out-of-the-box are three words that definitely describe us as a school. I work as a tour guide in admissions, and I often get the “describe the typical Marlboro student” question when I’m showing people around our gorgeous campus. Since we are so out-of-the-box, it’s challenging to make any declarations about Marlboro students as a whole, but it seems pretty safe to use these three words to describe us:
Passionate. Students study a wide variety of topics during their time at Marlboro, but one thing that all the classes have in common is deeply engaged discussions between students and professors. Since Marlboro doesn’t have any distribution requirements or major/minor requirements, students choose classes to take based on what they are interested in. No one is taking a class because they’re being forced too— the students in the courses are genuinely excited about what they’re learning, and that’s why they’ve chosen to be there. Everyone you meet in class and on campus is excited to tell you about what they’re working on, and also excited to find out what you’re working on. Basically, we love what we’re doing because we’re doing what we love.
Creative. A lot of students at Marlboro are doing interdisciplinary work for their senior thesis project and throughout their time at Marlboro, and have all kinds of fascinating combinations such as Religion and Dance, Ceramics and Biology, and Architecture and Community Organization, to name just a few. Other students focus very closely on one area, and write novels or dig deeply into a particular area of history or perfect their use of a particular painting technique. There is a huge amount of freedom in terms of how you shape your studies, and Marlboro students are constantly questioning and creating and dreaming.
Curious. Besides having the freedom to pursue the courses they’re really interested in, Marlboro students can also design their own courses, one-on-one classes with a professor or small group workshops or student-taught courses during their senior year. All of these projects grow out of questions— how does this work? why did this happen? what will happen if I do this?— and this adventurous spirit is not only contained to the classroom. Students are continually figuring out ways to make our campus function more sustainably, to make it more beautiful, and to provide a better place for us to live and work and learn. In the classroom, your teachers are encouraging you to ask questions and listen to each other and discover every step of the way.
Check out our website, https://www.marlboro.edu to read biographies of our professors, check out the current course list, and find out what events are happening on campus. Let us know if you have any other questions!
Phoebe, class of ‘15