First Year Advising
All first year students are advised by the instructor in their first-year seminar, a course selected the summer before their enrollment. The majority of professors in those classes, which have a maximum of fifteen students, are faculty with several years of experience at Middlebury, and many are senior faculty. This arrangement, in place now for well over a decade, ensures frequency of contact between adviser and advisee and has served Middlebury students well, a vast improvement over any previous approach.
To prepare for meaningful conversations with their first-year seminar advisor during orientation, we expect that first-year students will begin thinking prior to orientation how they can best take advantage of Middlebury's curriculum. First-year students should review the materials below to familiarize themselves with Middlebury's curriculum, learn about the exciting courses our faculty offer, and understand how they will select and register for courses.