On Site: Middlebury College


At a Glance

Middlebury, Vermont

Undergraduate Students: 2,600

Student to Faculty Ratio: 9:1

Acceptance Rate: 15%

Six Year Graduation Rate: 94%

Freshman Retention Rate: 89%

Popular Majors: Computer Science, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Geography, Language (10 languages), Political Science


The Feel

  • Middlebury is tucked in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. The surrounding area is rural, making the charming town of Middlebury sweet and inviting. The campus sits on 350 acres, allowing for ample open space between buildings made from gray stone and brick. All in all, the campus is beautiful.

  • A decent-sized city, Burlington, lies one hour north for larger chain shopping.

  • Being in Vermont, students learn to love the snow! They have their very own ski area 30 minutes from campus which provides endless enjoyment especially for those studying during ‘J term’.

  • For housing, coed or same sex floors are available. There are three dining halls on campus.

  • Middlebury initiated the first Environmental Studies program in the country in 1965 and is proud to be the 5th college in the country to be carbon neutral; they are well on the way to being run on fully renewable energy! Several dorms are already running fully on renewable energy.

  • No Greek life, not a party school.



Standout Points

  • Middlebury provides a true liberal arts education, desiring to give students the toolkit to tackle life upon graduation.

  • Academically they want students to be “equal parts challenged and supported.” Toward that end they offer free tutoring and a writing center.

  • The average class size is 18, and the learning environment is not competitive.

  • Fully immersive foreign language courses are a requirement at Middlebury. Students come from all over the world to participate in an intensive summer language program where no English is allowed. Outside the classroom, lunchtime ‘language tables’ provide opportunities for practice.

  • Two thirds of students study abroad, choosing from among 36 programs; all but two of these are taught in foreign languages.

  • Womens’ athletics are highly ranked, and the school as a whole holds the most DIII championships in the country.



Fun Fact

  • Dining is unlimited and is part of the room and board package - no limitations on number of meals per day, etc. This is a rarity!


Bottom Line Fit: Great option for many, but more specifically the brainiac athlete, ski enthusiast, language lover, or environmentalist looking to study in a more remote, albeit gorgeous location in Vermont.



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