The First Year Seminar Program

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.  All first-year students take a seminar in their first semester.

Every year, we offer about 50 seminars, each with a different topic.   These courses allow students to participate actively in their own learning and to begin to acquire the writing and speaking skills necessary for independent, intellectual achievement throughout college and beyond.  

Complementing this mission, introductory academic advising is also provided by First Year Seminar Program, First Year Seminar instructors serving as academic advisors for their students until the selection of a major.