Overview

Applicants
8,891
Acceptance Rate
17%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 750
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 750
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
347
with Terminal Degree
321

193
Men
154
Women
66
Minority
18
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
92%
Graduate in 5 years
94%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Students Say

One of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges in the United States, Middlebury College in Vermont is about “creating a person both socially and intellectually prepared for the world.” The school has “a high level of global thinking and language acquisition in such a rural place,” and there is an “emerging focus on creativity and entrepreneurship.” When teaching students to develop communication, writing, creativity, and critical thinking skills, the school “allows you to develop these skills in whatever subject or subjects that one is most passionate about.” Students’ needs and choices are “of very high priority” to the administration, and there is “institutional support for whatever absurd idea might strike you.” Professors are, on the whole, “truly top-notch”; not only are they “brilliant academics, but they are also adept teachers and classroom leaders.” They come here because they want to teach undergraduates and research; “Middlebury expects both; most professors deliver.” “Several of my professors have given out their cell phone numbers after particularly difficult lectures to make sure that students can figure things out,” says one. “It’s almost impossible to actually be ’invisible.’” The overall academic experience is “very intense” (“If you haven’t done the reading, prepare to be called out for it”), but “students reliably enjoy their classes.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
92%
Graduate in 5 years
94%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$51,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$96,300

Percent High Job Meaning
55%

Percent STEM
12%


Students Say

Middlebury students “know how to take advantage of resources that aid their success.” The Center for Careers & Internships helps students to find internships or even develop their own, and the online resources include a comprehensive series of Five-Minute Workshops. Funding is even available for unpaid internships, conferences, service projects, international volunteer programs, and local public service projects. Experiential learning is a heavy focus of the college, and there are numerous centers for students to enhance academic work, or explore possible career paths. Middlebury College graduates who visited PayScale.com had an average starting salary of $51,900; 56 percent said they felt their job had a meaningful impact on the world.

Colleges that Create Futures

Global Education

“I know Middlebury’s the best for language study, and that’s what I knew I wanted to study,” an international politics and economics major told us. Middlebury offers courses in ten modern Eastern and Western languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Several students we surveyed mentioned the strength of Middlebury’s Chinese program, while another Middle Eastern studies major tells us, “I wanted to study Arabic, and Middlebury’s languages are renowned—for good reason.”
In addition to language courses offered during the school year, the Middlebury Language Schools offer immersion instruction in eleven languages in the summer, during which the campus transforms into a multilingual community. The languages are the same as throughout the academic year with the exception of Korean, which was offered for this first time in summer 2014. Middlebury students take advantage of this intensive program in order to prepare to study abroad. Given the school’s focus on languages and summer study offerings, it is perhaps no surprise that more than 50 percent of Middlebury students study abroad. Most students do so through the Middlebury Schools Abroad, located in sixteen countries and thirty-seven cities. All of the study abroad programs usually include opportunities for students to have an internship or other volunteer experience. Students may also take advantage of The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, which offers integrated degree programs in significant internationally focused areas, allowing college students to earn a BA and MA in a total of five years.
Even students who remain on Middlebury’s campus are given an international education. The college is well-known for its major in international and global studies, which blends disciplines and provides students with a deep understanding of a specific geographic region. One Japanese major tells us that Middlebury’s “position as a leading International Relations school put me at an advantage in connecting my various international interests,” while an international studies major explains: “Middlebury is committed to cultivate future leaders who are passionate about environmental and social issues and ready to effect positive change in the world.” Outside of the major, Middlebury demonstrates this commitment through the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, which works with Middlebury faculty to create co-curricular programming such as lectures by distinguished scholars and professionals, annual symposia and conferences, and a student internship program.
Entrepreneurship

Students on our survey applauded Middlebury for its “emerging focus on creativity and entrepreneurship,” as one environmental studies major puts it. Alumnus Pier LaFarge was able to capitalize on this focus during his time at the school. “At Middlebury, I learned the most important lesson of my career: I love to build things. Whether it was starting campaigns with the Sunday Night Group, or organizing events and building infrastructure for student engagement with the outdoors through the Mountain Club, I realized that what I’m most committed to is the simple act of building systems that can shape the world and help solve difficult problems. Middlebury provided the perfect context to gain early experience at a small scale, and that experience has directly shaped my interest in entrepreneurship.”
Middlebury provides these early experiences in entrepreneurship through several innovative programs. For example, during its month-long January term (or J-term) students can enroll in “Middlebury Entrepreneurs,” a course which requires students to move quickly from idea to company launch with hands-on mentoring both from professors and visiting entrepreneurs and investors. At the conclusion of the course, students compete with their classmates in a pitch competition. To enroll, students must submit a business proposal.
Middlebury also runs the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, which provides students with funding, training, and opportunities to achieve social impact. For example, alumna Emily Nunez, the co-founder of Sword and Plow, a company that recycles former military gear such as tents into attractive bags, started her company while still at Middlebury with the help of a $3,000 grant she won in the Center’s annual MiddChallenge competition. The center is one facet of Middlebury’s Programs on Creativity and Innovation (PCI). Through PCI, Middlebury also offers Midd Ventures (a student organization that fosters the entrepreneurial spirit on campus), MIDDSTART (a micro crowd sourcing fundraising site created and maintained by Middlebury College for student projects), Davis Projects for Peace ($10,000 grants from Projects for Peace for summer projects that promote peace), and the New Millennium Fund (a fund that pays half of the employer’s cost for internships for students who wish to work for Vermont-based start-ups, small companies, non-profits or NGOs.
Leadership Opportunities

MiddCORE is an intense mentor-driven leadership and innovation program that builds skills and confidence with collaborative and experiential learning. Through frequent challenges, students gain experience in leadership, strategic thinking, and numerous other skills. Professor Holmes, who is also the director of MiddCORE, explains the program in more detail: “This four week (160 hour) program is for students who want to develop the skills, experience and confidence to be successful in life and work. Through mentor-led, hands-on workshops, students learn skills in teamwork, innovation, trial-and-error exploration, networking and practical problem-solving. The program is highly collaborative and students work closely with each other and more than forty mentors from varying fields and professions. During the program, students participate in several strategic partner challenges, working with peers to solve actual business problems posed by mentors. They also work on their own to develop a new product or service or a new way to address a social problem. Graduates leave MiddCORE with a strong foundation of leadership and innovation skills that prepare them for future successes: they’re ready to solve problems, ready to perform as part of a team, ready to persuasively communicate their ideas and ready to have an engaged and meaningful life.”
Alumni Network

Middlebury alumni are conscious of the valuable skills they acquired during their undergraduate years. For example, a recent survey of alumni by the school focusing on MiddCORE, highlights the program’s value to Middlebury graduates. Professor Holmes informed us that “94 percent felt MiddCORE gave them the skills to be confident in the workplace, 98 percent could approach strategic challenges in new, creative ways, 91 percent thought MiddCORE was one of their most important undergraduate experiences and 79 percent felt MiddCORE opened their eyes to new career pathways.” Given this appreciation for their undergraduate programs, it’s not surprising that alumni remain involved with the school. An economics major we surveyed cites the “family-like alumni” as the main reason for choosing the school, while Professor Holmes expounds on the alumni connection from her perspective. “I am in contact with many of my former students. They often check in when they want to go back to school or change jobs, get married, have children, or are coming back to town for reunions. A good number send me news articles that remind them of something we discussed in class—I love those emails as it means they retained material from class, years after graduation.” One alumnus Pier LaFarge details his continuing involvement with the school. “The college network is a core part of my personal and professional networks, and I continue to benefit from the support and mentorship of professors, staff and administration. I’m active as a fundraiser in the alumni network, SparkFund has hired more than a dozen Middlebury alumni as full-time staff or summer fellows, and will keep hiring more as we grow. The college has been very supportive of SparkFund, inviting me back to speak to students and through programming at the Center for Social Entrepreneurship.”

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
School

Bottom Line

Middlebury College is not the most expensive institution in the country, but it is a substantial investment. Fortunately, the opportunity for financial aid and other support is provided for needy students. Tuition is $47,418 per year, and Middlebury meets full demonstrated need for all admitted students. About 42 percent of enrollees receive some form of financial aid. Forty-four percent of students borrow to help offset the cost of their education and, upon graduating, are looking at a total loan debt of under $17,975; extremely reasonable for an education of the caliber provided by Middlebury.

Bang For Your Buck

Distribution requirements and other general requirements ensure that a Middlebury education “is all about providing students with a complete college experience, including excellent teaching, exposure to many other cultures, endless opportunities for growth and success, and a challenging (yet relaxed) environment.” Its “small class size and friendly yet competitive atmosphere make for the perfect college experience,” as do “the best facilities of a small liberal arts college in the country.” A new squash center and new field house recently opened. Students are grateful for the stellar advantages the school is able to provide them with. “I think that even if I didn’t have classes or homework, I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of all of the opportunities available on campus on a day-to-day basis.” “The academics here are unbeatable. I’d come here over an Ivy League school any day.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$42,741

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$41,778

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,968

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
41%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$17,797

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$43,346

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,542
Foreign Countries Represented
74

Demographics

6.24%
Asian
3.18%
African-American
9.06%
Hispanic
64.79%
Caucasian
10.61%
International

53% female
47% male
93% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

The pervasive atmosphere at Middlebury is “super friendly and caring,” and there is not only the pressure to work hard, but “also the encouragement to make sure students succeed.” Students “compete with themselves, not their classmates.” With a happy population, beautiful environs, and not a single student going unchallenged, the school encompasses “a perfect blend of intellectual curiosity, responsible living, and fun.” As one student eloquently puts it, it’s a bunch of “bright kids doing too many things—all of them good, none related to sleep.” This “engaged, active,” “preppy” student body “doesn’t take themselves too seriously but do take serious initiative.” A typical go-getter student “pursues at least one major, a minor, and is the star of at least one sports team or special interest group, but usually more.” Social life can be “very centered around athletic teams,” but these “well-read, outgoing,” and “well-rounded students from stable backgrounds” always end up connecting with people they can relate with easily. “You will struggle to find time to spend with all the different friends you will make,” says a student. Social ease is a common trait among MiddKids, and most students “know how to hold a conversation and [are] open to new experiences.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Students Say

Empty hours at Middlebury are in short supply; “If you’ve got free time in your day at Middlebury, you’re doing something wrong,” says a student. However, after all that reading, “at the end of the day, we all just like to get together and hit up the Snow Bowl to go skiing.” “Vermont does make a difference,” says one student of Middlebury’s location near mountains, lakes, and ski trails, and its focus on “how important the outdoor experience is for the school.” Drinking is “fairly prevalent” on Fridays and Saturdays, but “not during the week.” It’s a healthy culture, and “public safety does a good job of keeping things safe while not being overly intrusive.” The dorms are “gorgeous,” and there is even one called the Chateau, modeled after the largest chateau in Fontainebleau, France. The number of activities available are admirable, and “most people actually choose not to go into cities on weekends because they would hate to miss what’s going on on-campus that weekend.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
150
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Panthers)
16 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Panthers)
17 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Vermont

Sustainability

Middlebury College takes its commitment to sustainability seriously, as evidenced by a trustees’ resolution that mandates that the college will achieve carbon neutrality by 2016. Additionally, Middlebury is advancing the cause of sustainability on campus through the recent completion of a $12 million biomass gasification system (or, more simply put, a furnace that burns renewable wood chips), which will reduce carbon emissions on campus by 40 percent and oil consumption by a whopping 1 million gallons. The school looks to make “ethical and just decisions about production, exchange, and consumption,” while “meeting present and future human needs while protecting and restoring ecological resilience and integrity.” In 2011, Middlebury College became a member of the Founding Circle for the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge,” which encourages the college and university community to invest a total of $1 billion in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements. On top of that, the college’s (gorgeous) Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest achieved LEED Platinum, making it the first building in Vermont to do so, and the seventh nationwide. Middlebury is just as dedicated to instilling a commitment to green living in students as it is to building a greener campus. The college promotes environmental internships and job opportunities through events like the annual Careers in the Common Good Week, which has “dedicated speaker panels, skill-building workshops, and featured employer information sessions with [an] emphasis on environmental careers and advice.” Middlebury has also sent a team of students to participate in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, which challenges college students to “design, and build solar-powered houses that are attractive, cost-effective, and energy-efficient.” Their house took 4th place overall, debuting on the mall in Washington, D.C., along with eighteen other houses.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
14

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mr. Greg Buckles
Dean of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
5405 Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone
802-443-3000


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Science - Bicentennial Hall
The Center for the Arts
Athletic Facilities
The Commons System
Middlebury College Snow Bowl (Ski Area)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Green Mountains and the Adirondack Mountains
Lake Champlain
Snow Bowl (downhill ski area)
Rikert (cross country ski area)
Sheldon Museum

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8am-5pm; 9am-noon
802-443-3000

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri (call for exact times)
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Fri, Jan thru mid- NOV

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
Only available through a personal friend at Middlebury

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Burlington International Airport is 35 miles from campus. Taxi and bus service is available for the trip between the airport and campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From New York, take I-87 N. to Exit 20 (soon after Glen Falls); take 149 E. to U.S. 4 E.; take U.S. 4 through Whitehall to the Fair Haven exit, then take Vermont Rte. 22A north to Rte. 74 E. to Rte. 30 N. to the campus. From Boston, take I-93 N. to I-89 (north of Manchester, NH). Take I-89 N. and west to Bethel, Vermont Rte. 107 W. Follow Rte. 107 to Rte. 100 N., then take 100 N. to Vermont Rte. 125. Take Rte. 125 W. into Middlebury.