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Preview Days Information

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

Register for Preview Days through your Application Decision Portal.

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 18

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.


9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

parents

Student Life Panel for Parents

Charles A. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center

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.


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

Financial Aid Session

Mitchell Green Room,
McCullough Student Center

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

Axinn Center, Room 100

Learn more about Middlebury’s summer language-immersion programs.


12:20 p.m.

Students

Language Tables

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

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, 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)

Suite 225, Davis Family Library

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.


12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

All

Special Collections and Archives Open House

Special Collections Reading Room, Davis Family Library, Room 101

Stop by Special Collections to explore selections from our collections of rare books, archives, manuscripts, photographs, and other rare and unique materials that tell the story of our collective past.


1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

All

An Introduction to the Class of 2020 and 2020.5

Wilson Hall,
McCullough Student Center

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

Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

Student-led walking tours of the campus.


2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

All

February Admission Panel

McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 220

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

Axinn Center Lobby (for female students)

Crossroads Café, McCullough Student Center (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.


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

Charles A. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center

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


7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

parents

Parent Panel

Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

Meet current Middlebury parents and get the lowdown on what parenting a Middlebury student feels like. Ask questions and put to rest any worries you may have.


8:00 to 8:30 p.m.

parents

MiddCORE Presentation for Parents: Leadership, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship

Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

Middlebury offers a variety of programs that foster leadership, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Learn about MiddCORE, Middlebury’s award-winning leadership and innovation academic program; the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, where students learn to be effective agents of social change; and the Programs on Creativity and Innovation, which provide students with space, funding, and mentorship to explore new ideas, take intellectual risks, and develop an innovative mindset.


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

Abernethy Room, Axinn Center

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


9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

students

Brooker Fireside

Brooker House Common Room

Brooker is home to the Outdoor Interest House and the Middlebury Mountain Club. Come hear about opportunities for getting outside around Middlebury.


9:30 to 11:00 p.m.

students

Open Observatory

College Observatory, McCardell Bicentennial Hall

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 19

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

Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

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

Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

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

Financial Aid Session

Mitchell Green Room, McCullough Student Center

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, 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

Student Life Panel for Parents

Charles A. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center

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: Programs on Creativity and Innovation, Office of Community Engagement, and Center for Social Entrepreneurship

118 South Main Street

The Programs on Creativity and Innovation provide resources as students pursue challenging independent projects of their own design. The Office of Community Engagement prepares students for lives of meaning and impact through opportunities for service, scholarship, and active citizenship. The Center for Social Entrepreneurship offers programs to students interested in learning about social impact.


2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

All

Drop-In Hours: Center for Careers and Internships (CCI)

Adirondack House

Visit us and meet the great CCI team to learn more about our wide range of programming, opportunities, and resources that support students through the career exploration process during their time at Middlebury.


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 104

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

InSite Open House

107 Shannon Street

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 p.m.

All

Biomass Plant Tour

Service Building

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


4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

All

Environmentalism at Middlebury

Proctor Dining Hall

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 Lobby (for female students)

Crossroads Café, McCullough Student Center (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 7:30 p.m.

students

Student Government Association (SGA)

Ross Dining Hall

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 8:15 p.m.

Parents

Center for Careers and Internships Parent Reception

Coltrane Lounge, Adirondack House

Life. Work. Purpose. The Center for Careers and Internships (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. CCI prepares students to translate their Middlebury experience into a successful pursuit of their postgraduate goals, focusing on areas from STEM and not-for-profit to finance and education. Join us for a wine, cheese, and dessert reception for some great conversation with the CCI team and an introduction to our programming and resources.


7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

students

The Campus (Middlebury’s Student Newspaper)

Basement Newsroom, Hepburn Hall

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.


7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

students

EatReal

Crest Room, McCullough Student Center

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

Basement Studio, Forest Hall

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.


students

7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Debate Society Meet and Greet

Location: Warner Hall 202

Come hang out with the Middlebury Debate Society and indulge in our dessert bar while participating in some fun and engaging conversation.


7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

students

Anderson Freeman Resource Center

Carr Hall, 452 College Street

The Anderson Freeman Resource Center (AFC) 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 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 9:30 p.m.

students

Otter Nonsense

Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

Come watch some improv comedy and try it out for yourself. No experience necessary.


9:00 p.m.

students

Middlebury Moth-UP

Gamut Room, Gifford Hall

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

Wednesday, April 20

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.


9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

All

Drop-In Hours: Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs

Robert A. Jones ’59 House, 148 Hillcrest Road

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.


10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

All

Meet an Admissions Senior Fellow

Abernethy Room, Axinn Center

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.

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.


1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

All

Meet an Admissions Senior Fellow

Abernethy Room, Axinn Center

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