The First Year Seminar is Middlebury's gateway to education in the liberal arts, using intensive engagement between professors and students to facilitate the transition from high school to college. In these courses, students participate actively in their own learning and begin to acquire the writing and speaking skills necessary for independent, intellectual achievement throughout college and beyond.
Every entering Middlebury student takes a First Year Seminar during the first semester on campus. First Year Seminars are small, writing-intensive courses, limited to about 15 students each, and taught by faculty members, who also serve as academic advisors until their students choose a major (usually in the middle of the second year). Every year, Middlebury College faculty members offer over 40 seminars, each with a different topic.