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Preview Days Information

Did you miss the chance to attend Preview Days? You can still view the addresses by Dean Greg Buckles and President Laurie Patton online. 

Preview Days is a chance for admitted students to visit campus, stay overnight, and attend classes and programs designed to help you learn more about Middlebury.

Register for Preview Days through your Application Decision Portal, and download our mobile guide.

Some events are for students only. Some are for parents only.

We hope that students will attend the evening events without their family members, so they can spend time getting to know other students. Family members may want to spend the evening exploring downtown Middlebury.

These symbols will alert you to which events people are invited.

students   Students only

parents   Parents only

All   All are welcome!

 

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday

Monday, April 17

8:00 a.m.

Admissions Office Opens


8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All

Registration

Admissions Office, Emma Willard House
131 South Main Street

Preview Days visitors may park in the lot behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts, accessible from Route 30 south. Vehicles parked overnight on campus need to obtain a parking permit from Public Safety (adjacent to Admissions).


All Day

students

Class Visits

Please see the schedule of available courses at go.middlebury.edu/previewclasses. Professors ask that you arrive a few minutes early and stay for the full class period. Please attend only those classes listed in the Preview Days class schedule.


9:15 to 9:30 a.m.

parents

Welcome to Preview Days

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

As students head off to visit classes, family members will gather for a brief introduction to the Preview Days program, which will lead into the panel to follow.


9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

parents

Supporting Students Panel for Family Members

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

Learn about the multitude of ways in which Middlebury supports students as they transition from high school to college, as well as throughout their four years on campus. Representatives from Residential Life, Orientation, the Anderson Freeman Resource Center (Middlebury’s intercultural center), Health Services, and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research will present information and answer questions regarding student life.


11:00 a.m.

All

Tours of the Campus

Admissions Office

Student-led walking tours of the campus.


11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All

Lunch

Proctor Dining Hall or Ross Dining Hall

We encourage students to have lunch on campus in one of our dining halls and to mingle with current and prospective Middlebury students. While family members are also welcome, dining halls can be particularly crowded at lunchtime, so we suggest that family members have lunch at the Grille, located in the McCullough Student Center, or at one of the restaurants in downtown Middlebury.


11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All

Drop-In Hours: Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs

148 Hillcrest Road, Robert A. Jones ’59 House

The Rohatyn Center promotes Middlebury’s goal of advancing global understanding that radiates from a core linguistic and cultural competency. The Rohatyn Center works with a faculty committee to create cocurricular programming that expands opportunities for students and supports faculty in their teaching and professional development.


11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All

Financial Aid Session

McCullough Student Center, Mitchell Green Room

A representative from Middlebury’s Student Financial Services (SFS) Office will provide an overview of financial aid and answer questions. Individual half-hour appointments with a financial aid officer are available at the SFS Office in the Service Building. Please call ahead to make an appointment: 802-443-5158.


11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All

Middlebury Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and School of the Environment

Axinn Center, Room 100

Learn more about study abroad opportunities, summer language immersion programs, and Middlebury’s summer program in environmental studies.


12:20 p.m.

All

Language Tables

Proctor Dining Hall, Redfield Proctor Lounge (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili)

Students are invited to join a language table where students, faculty, and native speakers meet over lunch and converse in one of the many languages offered at Middlebury, plus a few additions. Limited seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors close at 12:35 p.m.


12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

All

Drop-In Hours: Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR)

Davis Family Library, Suite 225

CTLR serves both students and faculty in a number of ways—by offering professional and peer tutoring across disciplines and broadly supporting student learning; by promoting effective teaching pedagogies, innovative faculty research, and exploration of emerging academic technologies; and by supporting undergraduate research and offering national fellowship advising.


1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

All

An Introduction to the Class of 2021 and 2021.5

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

Dean of Admissions Greg Buckles will provide an overview of the class and share some insights into the admissions process.


2:30 p.m.

All

Tours of the Campus

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

Student-led walking tours of the campus.


2:35 to 3:30 p.m.

All

February Admission Panel

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Come find out why being a Feb at Middlebury is a great opportunity to take a gap semester. A panel of current Febs will present their experiences and talk about the integration of Febs into campus life.


3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Students

Academic Fair

Kenyon Arena

Faculty representatives from academic departments, interdisciplinary programs, summer immersion experiences, and unique experiential learning opportunities will be on hand to explain their offerings and answer questions.


5:00 p.m.

students

Students Meet Hosts

Kenyon Arena

Students who signed up to be hosted should plan on attending this event to be paired with a host for the night. Please bring a sleeping bag and pad or a bedroll (sheets and blankets rolled and tied). Students staying overnight on campus are expected to abide by all College regulations and state and local laws. Note: Any luggage that has been dropped in the Admissions Office will be shuttled to this location for you to pick it up.


6:00 p.m.

Admissions Office Closes


6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

students

Dinner

Proctor Dining Hall or Ross Dining Hall

Visiting students will have the opportunity to dine and talk with current Middlebury students. Family members may choose to dine at the Grille, located in McCullough Student Center, or at one of the restaurants in downtown Middlebury.


7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

students

Student Panel

Sunderland Language Center, Charles A. Dana Auditorium

Current students will answer all of your questions about life at Middlebury.


7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

parents

Programs for Family Members

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Center for Careers and Internships (CCI)

CCI guides students in the career exploration process throughout all four years with personalized advising, dynamic workshops, a robust alumni network, and internship and job opportunities that help students apply their liberal arts learning beyond the classroom. Wherever your student’s interest may lie—STEM, nonprofit, finance, health professions, education, the arts, environmental study, languages, and more—and even if they have only just begun to explore—we are there for them every step of the way! Please join us for a panel discussion with members of the CCI team as we offer some insight into the wide variety of programs and resources available to Middlebury students. 

7:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Center for Creativity, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship (CCISE)

CCISE oversees MiddCORE, innovation and social entrepreneurship programs, and the Old Stone Mill space for makers, artists, and entrepreneurs. Learn about these funding, course work, and mentorship opportunities for Middlebury students.

8:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Family Member Chat Session and Q&A

Admissions counselors will be on hand to answer all of the nitpicky, nagging questions that don’t get answered in more formal panels and presentations during Preview Days, such as, “Where does my kid buy laundry detergent?” or “How does my kid get to the airport when it’s time to come home?”


8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

students

Ice Cream Social

Atwater Dining Hall

Mingle and get to know your future classmates.


8:45 p.m.

All

Hotel Shuttle

McCullough Student Center

The shuttle departs for the Middlebury Inn, the Inn on the Green, Swift House Inn, and Courtyard Middlebury. No advance registration for the shuttle is required.


9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

students

A Cappella Concert

Axinn Center, Abernethy Room

Come enjoy this musical jamboree featuring several of Middlebury’s a cappella groups.


9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

students

Swing Dancing Club

Adirondack House, Coltrane Lounge

If you already swing, then come join in! If you’ve never tried it, then come join in!


9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

students

The Campus (Middlebury's student newspaper)

Hepburn Hall, Basement Newsroom

Want to meet the students who write the first draft of Middlebury history? Tour our recently renovated newsroom and chat about working on one of the most respected student newspapers among liberal arts colleges.


9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

students

Brooker House Fireside Chat

Brooker House Common Room

Brooker is home to the outdoor interest house; come join us by the fireplace to eat homemade treats and learn about outdoor programs at Middlebury, including but not limited to the Mountain Club and the outdoor interest house.


9:30 to 11:00 p.m.

students

Open Observatory

McCardell Bicentennial Hall, College Observatory

One of the great things about living in Vermont is the breathtaking night sky. Take a look at the stars from the observatory and learn a little about the constellations from our all-star Physics Department (weather permitting).

Tuesday, April 18

7:00 to 10:30 a.m.

students

Breakfast

Ross, Proctor, and Atwater Dining Halls


7:30 a.m.

All

Hotel Shuttle

Middlebury Inn, the Inn on the Green, Swift House Inn, and Courtyard Middlebury

The shuttle will pick families up from area hotels and bring them to campus. No advance registration is required.


8:00 a.m.

Admissions Office Opens


8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All

Registration

Admissions Office, Emma Willard House, 131 South Main Street

Preview Days visitors may park in the lot behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts, accessible from Route 30 south. Vehicles parked overnight on campus need to obtain a parking permit from Public Safety (adjacent to Admissions).


All Day

students

Class Visits

Please see the schedule of available courses at go.middlebury.edu/previewclasses. Professors ask that you arrive a few minutes early and stay for the full class period. Please attend only those classes listed in the Preview Days class schedule.


10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

All

President’s Welcome Address

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

This event offers an excellent opportunity for students and their families to engage with Middlebury’s new president, Laurie L. Patton, and hear her perspective on what makes a Middlebury education noteworthy.


11:00 a.m.

All

Tours of the Campus

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

Student-led walking tours of the campus.


11:15 a.m.

All

Biomass Plant Tour

Service Building

Middlebury’s biomass gasification plant connects climate, energy, and community for a more sustainable energy future.


11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All

Lunch

Proctor Dining Hall or Ross Dining Hall

We encourage students to have lunch on campus in one of our dining halls and to mingle with current and prospective Middlebury students. While family members are also welcome, dining halls can be particularly crowded at lunchtime, so we suggest that family members have lunch at the Grille, located in the McCullough Student Center, or at one of the restaurants in downtown Middlebury.


11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All

Financial Aid Session

McCullough Student Center, Mitchell Green Room

A representative from Middlebury’s Student Financial Services (SFS) Office will provide an overview of financial aid and be available to answer your questions. Individual half-hour appointments with a financial aid officer are also available at the SFS Office in the Service Building. Please call ahead to make an appointment: 802-443-5158.


12:20 p.m.

students

Language Tables

Redfield Proctor Lounge in Proctor Dining Hall (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish)

Visiting students are invited to join a language table where students, faculty, and native speakers meet over lunch and converse in one of the many languages offered at Middlebury. Limited seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors close at 12:35 p.m.


1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

parents

Supporting Students Panel for Family Members

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

Learn about the multitude of ways in which Middlebury supports students as they transition from high school to college, as well as throughout their four years on campus. Representatives from Residential Life, Orientation, the Anderson Freeman Resource Center (Middlebury’s intercultural center), Health Services, and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research will present information regarding student life and answer questions.


2:30 p.m.

All

Tours of the Campus

Admissions Office

Student-led walking tours of the campus.


2:30 p.m.

All

Biomass Plant Tour

Service Building

Middlebury’s biomass gasification plant connects climate, energy, and community for a more sustainable energy future.


2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

All

Drop-In Hours: Center for Creativity, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship (CCISE)

118 South Main Street

Leadership, creative thought, and intellectual risk taking—these are the skills the center helps Middlebury students develop through a multitude of opportunities on and off campus. CCISE oversees MiddCORE, social entrepreneurship programs, and creativity and innovation programs. These programs provide opportunities for students to try new things, develop creative ideas, and learn to engage our local community and the world.


2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

All

Drop-In Hours: The Center for Community Engagement

20 Old Chapel Road

The Center for Community Engagement prepares students for lives of meaning and impact through service, scholarship, and citizenship. Our programs work to strengthen communities and contribute to the public good.


2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

All

Open House: Center for Careers and Internships (CCI)

Adirondack House

The staff and students of CCI are excited to welcome you to a casual meet-and-greet at Adirondack House. Stop in for a quick snack and learn more about programs and opportunities related to securing internships, refining interests and skills, and connecting with alumni and employers. Let’s explore what’s next! 


3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

All

February Admission Panel

Axinn Center, Room 229

Come find out why being a Feb at Middlebury is a great opportunity to take a gap semester. A panel of current Febs will present their experiences and talk about the integration of Febs into campus life.


3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

All

Gap-Year Discussion

Axinn Center, Room 232

Are you thinking about a gap year? Middlebury students who have taken a gap year will share their experiences and answer your questions.


3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

All

Discover MiddCORE

McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 220

MiddCORE is a leadership and innovation program for students who want to develop the skills, experience, and confidence to be successful in life and work. Through an intensive four weeks of mentor-led workshops, students build skills in leadership, collaboration, ideation, design thinking, persuasive communication, strategic problem solving, financial literacy, negotiation, and crisis management. The program is highly collaborative and hands-on, and students work closely with each other and more than 50 mentors from leading fields and professions.


4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

All

Self-Reliance Open House

44 Porter Field Road

Visit one of Middlebury’s two Solar Decathlon houses and experience sustainable design in person. Take a tour and meet the students who live in this solar-powered, student-built home.


4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

All

Environmentalism at Middlebury

Proctor Dining Hall, Proctor Lounge

Are you interested in the environment? Please join us for a snack and learn more about the Environmental Studies Department from students who are environmental studies majors or student organizers in environmental organizations. This week we are also holding a climate justice symposium. Come talk to us and see what this is all about.


5:00 p.m.

students

Students Meet Hosts

Axinn Center Second-Floor Lobby (for female students)

McCullough Student Center, Crossroads Café (for male students)

Students who signed up to be hosted should plan on attending this event to be paired with a host for the night. Please bring a sleeping bag and pad or a bedroll (sheets and blankets rolled and tied). Students staying overnight on campus are expected to abide by all College regulations and state and local laws.


5:30 p.m.

All

Hotel Shuttle

Admissions Office, Emma Willard House, 131 South Main Street

The shuttle departs for the Middlebury Inn, the Inn on the Green, Swift House Inn, and Courtyard Middlebury. No advance registration for the shuttle is required.


6:00 p.m.

Admissions Office Closes


6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

students

Dinner

Proctor Dining Hall or Ross Dining Hall

Visiting students will have the opportunity to dine and talk with current Middlebury students. Family members may choose to dine at the Grille, located in McCullough Student Center, or at one of the restaurants in downtown Middlebury.


6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

students

Student Government Association (SGA)

Proctor Dining Hall, Redfield Proctor Room

Interested in campus politics and government? Looking forward to becoming a student leader on campus? Come learn more about SGA over dinner.


7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

students

EatReal

McCullough Student Center, Crest Room

EatReal is a student organization working with the administration and Dining Services to incorporate environmentally and socially responsible food in the dining halls, as well as to raise awareness about food-related issues.


7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

students

Yoga

Forest Hall, Basement Studio

Take a breather from the Preview Days events and roll out the mat for some dynamic action and stillness—all aiming to discover a deeper self-awareness.


8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

students

Anderson Freeman Resource Center (AFC)

452 College Street, Carr Hall

The Anderson Freeman Resource Center is an intercultural center providing resources and support to students of color; first-generation college students; students from low-income backgrounds; LGBTQA+ students; international students; and other students who have been historically underrepresented or marginalized in U.S. higher education. Come learn about the AFC and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, meet our team of staff, faculty, and students, and take a guided tour of the center.


8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

students

Hillel Hangout

Freeman International Center Annex

Do you want to schmooze with some Jews? Do you like good food? Come hang out with Hillel and we will answer any questions you may have about Jewish life on campus.


8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

students

Otter Nonsense Improv Workshop

Andirondack House, Coltrane Lounge

Whether you’ve done improv before or want to try your hand at it for the first time, come on out for an interactive workshop with one of Middlebury’s beloved improvisational comedy troupes.


8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

students

Evolution Dance Performance

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

Evolution is a student-run urban dance crew inspired by dances of global diasporas, including African, Latino, and Caribbean.


9:00 p.m.

students

The Middlebury Debate Society

BiHall 303

The Debate Society invites prospective students to join us for a lively introduction to our team! You can except fun public speaking games and a dessert bar!


9:00 p.m.

students

Middlebury Moth-UP

Gifford Hall, Gamut Room

The Middlebury Moth-UP is a live storytelling event of true stories. Tonight’s theme will be "Launch." Come for the laughter. Come for the truth. Come for the story.

Wednesday, April 19

7:00 to 10:30 a.m.

students

Breakfast

Ross, Proctor, Atwater Dining Halls


7:30 a.m.

All

Hotel Shuttle

The Middlebury Inn, the Inn on the Green, Swift House Inn, and Courtyard Middlebury

The shuttle will pick families up from area hotels and bring them to campus. No advance registration is required.


8:00 a.m.

Admissions Office Opens


8:15 to 10:00 a.m.

All

Registration

Admissions Office, Emma Willard House, 131 South Main Street


All Day

All

Class Visits

Please see the schedule of available courses at go.middlebury.edu/previewclasses. Professors ask that you arrive a few minutes early and stay for the full class period. Please attend only those classes listed in the Preview Days class schedule.


All Day

All

Snacks for the Road

Admissions Office

Stop by the Admissions Office on your way out of town to return your key card (if you stayed overnight) and to grab a snack for the road.


10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

All

Meet an Admissions Senior Fellow

Axinn Center, Abernethy Room

Meet our fabulous seniors who spend their senior year working with the Admissions staff.


10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All

Drop-In Hours: Chellis House (Women’s Resource Center)

56 Hillcrest Road


11:00 a.m. to noon

All

Drop-In Hours: Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs

148 Hillcrest Road, Robert A. Jones ’59 House

The Rohatyn Center promotes Middlebury’s goal of advancing global understanding that radiates from a core linguistic and cultural competency. The Rohatyn Center works with a faculty committee to create cocurricular programming that expands opportunities for students and supports faculty in their teaching and professional development.


11:00 a.m.

All

Tours of the Campus

Admissions Office

Student-led walking tours of the campus.


11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All

Lunch

Proctor Dining Hall or Ross Dining Hall

We encourage students to have lunch on campus in one of our dining halls and to mingle with current and prospective Middlebury students. While family members are also welcome, dining halls can be particularly crowded at lunchtime, so we suggest that family members have lunch at the Grille, located in the McCullough Student Center, or at one of the restaurants in downtown Middlebury.


12:20 p.m.

students

Language Tables

Proctor Dining Hall, Redfield Proctor Lounge (American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish)

Students are invited to join a language table where students, faculty, and native speakers meet over lunch and converse in one of the many languages offered at Middlebury, plus a few additions. Limited seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors close at 12:35 p.m.


1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

All

Meet an Admissions Senior Fellow

Axinn Center, Abernethy Room

Meet our fabulous seniors who spend their senior year working with the Admissions staff.


2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

All

Tours of the Campus

Admissions Office

Student-led walking tours of the campus.


5:00 p.m.

Admissions Office Closes