Advising Guide for First Year Seminar Students and Faculty

First Year Students:

Welcome to Middlebury. We hope you will 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 (introduced in 1992) to be a most effective advising concept for new students. Students and advisers get to know one another through their ongoing interaction in class. In taking on a seminar, advisers have assumed the responsibility of being one of the most important influences in the lives of new students in their first months at Middlebury. For students, your first year in college is a challenging transition. The opportunity to meet on a frequent basis and to get to know your faculty adviser is important and should be fully exploited.

Advisers share their concern for you with many others who provide students with the support they need to succeed. Our Residential Life Staff, including First-Year Counselor (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.

I 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.