All first-year students are advised by the instructor in their first-year seminar, a course selected prior to enrollment. The majority of professors in those classes, which have a maximum of fifteen students, are senior members of the faculty. No faculty members in their first year at Middlebury teach in the first-year seminar program. This advising concept, in place now for well over two decades, ensures frequency of contact between adviser and advisee and has served Middlebury students well, a vast improvement over any previous approach. Each first-year student and faculty adviser receive an "Advising Guide" during Orientation which discusses curricular and advising issues in detail.
To prepare for meaningful conversations with their first-year seminar advisor during orientation, we recommend that first-year students begin thinking prior to orientation how they can best take advantage of Middlebury's curriculum. We encourage first-year students to 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.
For a Successful First Year at Middlebury
- Tools to Help You Plan
- Advising at Middlebury
- Choosing Courses
- General Guidelines for Selecting Math Courses
- Writing Program Options
- Health Professions Adviser (or: Study Abroad & Professional School Quick Reference 2013)
- Transitioning to College Academics
- Study Abroad Guidelines
- Pre-Advising Sessions
- Frequently Asked Questions