Academic Advising is an ongoing conversation between students and faculty central to the Middlebury experience, lasting from the earliest days of the First Year Seminar to the selection of a major to the planning for graduation and life after college.


In the classroom, in the office, over lunch, or while chatting along the walkways around campus, Middlebury College faculty foster students' independence while helping them plan their futures. Students work individually with faculty to develop multi-year strategies that reflect their diverse interests, strengths and academic goals.

There are many intentional redundancies in our system: faculty members, deans and other student affairs professionals, Residential Life staff members, and peer advisors all contribute to academic advising. We hope both the formal and informal advising systems work on behalf of our students and add up to a supportive environment.

All first-year students are advised by the instructor in their first-year seminar, a course selected the summer before their enrollment. When students declare their major, they also select an advisor from the faculty in that major (or majors—nearly half of all Middlebury students have combined majors of some kind). For some students in their second or third semesters at Middlebury, selecting a major advisor is more difficult than selecting the major itself; those students are encouraged to work with the department or program chair, until they have further experience in that major and find a faculty member best suited to their interests and needs. Students may select their major at any time after the first semester; they are required to declare their major no later than the end of their third semester