Advising Guide for First Year Seminar Students and Faculty
First Year Students:
Welcome to Middlebury. We hope you find your four years here stimulating and rewarding.
This guide intends to help you as you establish yourself at the outset of your Middlebury experience. It presents important information about initial expectations in a dialogue of "frequently asked questions." These, in brief, are the rules of the game.
You registered this summer for your First-Year Seminar. We have found this program most effective for advising new students. Students and advisors get to know one another well in small seminars, where they work together closely on scholarly topics, so that our advisors are well positioned as academic mentors, and the students in their seminars have every opportunity to seek their advice and support.
As your advisor, your First Year Seminar Instructor is one of many who provide the support you need to succeed. Our Residential Life Staff, including First-Year Counselors (sophomores, juniors, and seniors who live in first-year halls in our dorms) reinforce the academic mission of the College by maintaining a vibrant residential community. Our Commons Deans are there to provide help, especially in case of personal or academic difficulties. And our Faculty Commons Heads help create a lively intellectual environment for you.
We hope you will get to know the "people who can help." They are also happy to answer your questions in the crucial beginning weeks, and thereafter.
We look forward to meeting and working with you in this exciting enterprise.