Middlebury's Mission

Following the adoption of a new strategic framework on October 21, 2017, the Board of Trustees approved the first statement of mission that is inclusive of all of Middlebury’s academic programs. Further, each individual school—the College, the Institute, the Language Schools, the C.V. Starr Schools Abroad, the Bread Loaf School of English, and the School of the Environment—has a new mission statement of its own.

Through a commitment to immersive learning, we prepare students to lead engaged, consequential, and creative lives, contribute to their communities, and address the world’s most challenging problems.

 

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE

Middlebury College seeks to create a transformative learning experience for our students, built from a strong foundation in the liberal arts and supported within an inclusive, residential environment. We not only inspire our undergraduates to grapple with challenging questions about themselves and the world, but we also foster the inquiry, equity, and agency necessary for them to practice ethical citizenship at home and far beyond our Vermont campus.

MIDDLEBURY INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies educates professionals to advance understanding, promote peace, and drive change in pursuit of a more just world.

MIDDLEBURY LANGUAGE SCHOOLS

The Middlebury Language Schools welcome students from all walks of life and all parts of the global community. We provide expert education in languages and cultures through innovative, immersive instruction and the demonstrated effectiveness of the Language Pledge to enhance linguistic excellence and intercultural understanding.

MIDDLEBURY C.V. STARR SCHOOLS ABROAD

The Schools Abroad offer an immersive education abroad experience that engages students linguistically and interculturally, preparing them to connect, communicate, and collaborate both locally and in the global community.

MIDDLEBURY BREAD LOAF SCHOOL OF ENGLISH

By offering first-rate graduate education in literature and related fields during a full-time summer session, Bread Loaf School of English offers unparalleled opportunities for teachers and other professionals at all stages of their careers to deepen their intellectual awareness and engagement and to become powerful critical thinkers, writers, and educational leaders.

MIDDLEBURY SCHOOL OF THE ENVIRONMENT

The School of the Environment offers a curriculum that deeply engages students by focusing on fundamental characteristics of the study of the environment, including interdisciplinarity; global perspectives; independent, team, and field research; and leadership skills to help students become effective agents for positive environmental and social change.