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Emerson College Looks to Absorb Marlboro College

Officials from Emerson College said that it is considering a plan to merge with Marlboro College, a small liberal arts school located in southern Vermont.

Emerson College’s campus in BostonEmerson College’s campus in Boston

Due to declining college enrollment nationwide, Marlboro, like many other schools, has struggled financially in recent years.

In a statement Marlboro’s President Dr. Kevin Quigley wrote, “While this announcement is bittersweet, we do look forward to the many opportunities that the alliance with Emerson will provide for our students.”

If a merger were to occur, Marlboro would close its southern Vermont campus and continue operating underneath Emerson’s liberal arts program in Boston. By the beginning of next fall, current students and professors could potentially move to the Boston campus. Emerson President Dr. Lee Pelton said the transition would “keep the Marlboro legacy alive.”

Meanwhile, Emerson would receive Marlboro’s $30 million endowment, as well as the school’s Vermont real estate estimated at $10 million.


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