COVID-19: Essential Information

If You Are Opting Out for Winter Term

You Still Must Participate in Winter Term Registration

What Counts toward Winter Term Credit?

Students are required to earn Middlebury credits during at least two winter terms. In a typical year, all first-year students must be in residence and enrolled in a Winter Term course their first Winter Term at Middlebury.  However, for Winter Term ’21, first-year students including February 2020 and September 2020 matriculates, are not required to be enrolled in a Winter Term course. After a student’s first year, Winter Term credit may be earned by enrolling in a Winter Term course, a credit-bearing independent project, a credit-bearing internship, or by studying abroad and earning winter term equivalent credit. A minimum of two Winter Term and a maximum of four Winter Term credits may count toward the graduation requirement of 36 credits. Even if you opt out of Winter Term, you must still complete 36 course credits before you graduate.

How will the College know if I am “opting out” of Winter Term?

Students who elect not to participate in Winter Term MUST still participate in Winter Term registration by enrolling in the following No-Credit, “Opt-Out”  section WNTR 0000 (CRN: 10421).



You must register for the following CRN:

CRN: 10421    WNTR 0000     No-Credit Not On Campus Winter

Students registering for this No-Credit option will not earn academic credit during winter term. Questions concerning this No-Credit option should be directed, via email, to

 ***Students who are not earning credit during Winter Term
MUST register for this No-Credit option.
All students are expected to participate in Winter Term registration***


What If I’m Waiting for Independent Project or Internship Approval?

Register, Register, Register!  If you are waiting for approval on a proposed independent project or internship, you should register for a Winter Term course in case your proposal is denied. If your independent project or internship is ultimately approved, you will drop the course and register for the internship or independent project in Banner.