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A Special Message from the Dean of Admissions to
All Applicants Admitted for September

The waiting is over.You have been admitted to Middlebury. Is it time for you to step back and think about what your education is really all about?

The convention in this country is that after we graduate from high school in June, we head off to college in September; that’s likely what you have in mind as well. However, as earning admission to a top college has become more and more an end in itself, we can lose sight of the primary goal of our education: to discover what it is we truly care about and want to pursue further, and thereby come as close as possible to realizing our potential.

Middlebury has been at the forefront of endorsing the concept of taking time off between high school and college through our February admissions program. The students who enroll here in February bring more to their college experience and, as a result, derive more from it. They also hold a disproportionately high number of leadership positions on campus and, on average, perform better academically.

Every year some students who are admitted for September choose to defer their enrollment for an entire year and step off the academic treadmill. Many benefit greatly from the opportunity to travel, work, or pursue other interests, and all of those options can help contribute to an even more enriching college experience, much as happens for our “Febs.”

If you decide to defer your matriculation at Middlebury, all you need to do is send us your deposit and request the deferral. We would also appreciate knowing what your plans are for the year. We ask only that you not enroll in a degree-granting program at another institution, and you will need to verify in writing that you will not apply to other colleges during your time off. We consider this to be a binding agreement, and if you apply elsewhere, you will thereby forfeit your admission to Middlebury.  Also, if you have received financial aid from us, you will need to resubmit the forms again next year, but unless your family’s financial circumstances change significantly in the meantime, it is likely that your financial aid package will be similar to what we have currently offered you. Because we have already admitted our cohort of students for February, we normally only defer admission for one full year, not for six months.

The deadline to request deferral is June 1st, 2014.

We invite you to consider this option. Whether you come next fall or the following year, we are delighted at the prospect of having you join us, and we look forward to welcoming you to Middlebury.

Best wishes,

Greg Buckles
Dean of Admissions