Frequently Asked Questions
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We hope that the below list of questions and answers is helpful. You might have other, more specific, questions, and we encourage you to be in touch with our office. There are many ways to contact us and we look forward to hearing from you.
What is Middlebury’s comprehensive fee?
The comprehensive fee includes tuition, room, board and activities fee.
How many students attend Middlebury, and what is the size of an entering first-year class?
About 2,450 attend the College. We typically enroll about 575-600 students in September at the beginning of Fall Semester and 90-100 in February at the beginning of Spring Semester.
How many students apply to Middlebury?
Middlebury received 9,109 applicants for the class of 2017.
How many of those applicants were offered admission?
For the Class of 2017 about 1500 students were admitted for September and another 200 were admitted for February.
When are applications due?
Middlebury’s application deadlines vary depending upon the application type; Early Decision 1, Early Decision 2, Regular Decision, Fall Transfer and Spring Transfer.
Does Middlebury accept the Common Application?
We use the Common Application and encourage students to file the application online.
Why do you admit students in September and February?
Middlebury is fortunate to be able to offer first-year admission to students at two times each year. Because of the large number of students who choose to study abroad each spring, spaces open on campus that we can offer to February first-year students. February First-Years, or “Febs,” are chosen from the regular applicant pool. Candidates who apply for admission can indicate a preference for when they would like to enter college; however, the point of entry is ultimately an admissions committee decision.
Does Middlebury admit transfer students?
Yes. Middlebury College typically enrolls a small number of transfer students at the beginning of each semester. Students interested in transferring for the spring semester must postmark applications by November 1 (Please note: we will not be admitting any transfer students for the spring semester of 2014 due to lack of available space, and therefore will not be accepting transfer applications for spring 2014). Students interested in beginning their studies in the fall must postmark their applications by March 1. Traditionally, transfer students are admitted only to the sophomore year and to the first term of junior year and must plan to complete at least two years’ work (18 courses) at Middlebury. An estimate of the time required for graduation will be given upon matriculation, but final transcript evaluation may not take place until after a student completes a semester at Middlebury. The number of transfer students admitted from year to year varies and depends upon the amount of housing space available on campus.
Can you explain your Early Decision (ED) programs versus Regular Decision?
Regular Decision is the process most students choose. Students postmark their applications by the appropriate deadlines in December and January, and we notify them of our decision in early April. Regular Decision applicants can apply to as many colleges as they wish, and they are not obligated to attend Middlebury if admitted.
If Middlebury is a student’s clear first choice, then Early Decision provides an opportunity to apply and be notified of our decision in mid-December (ED I) or mid-February (ED II). Unlike Regular Decision, ED is “binding,” which means that candidates may not apply for an early decision from another institution and must sign the Early Decision Commitment Statement. The College assumes that a student admitted under the ED program will attend Middlebury, provided that the financial aid is appropriate. Students may file applications for a regular decision from other institutions, but they must withdraw those applications immediately if admitted to Middlebury College. We will be forced to withdraw our offer of admission if these guidelines are not followed.
When would I be notified regarding my Early Decision application?
Students applying in November under the ED I program are notified in mid-December. Students applying under the ED II program are notified in early February. Any financial aid decisions would accompany or directly follow our admission letter.
Can I complete all the required testing by the ED deadlines?
Absolutely. Students who apply ED I need to complete our testing requirements no later than October for the SAT exams or the ACT. Results of the December SAT exams or December ACT will be accepted for ED II.
What happens to my application if I am not offered admission through one of the ED programs?
Applicants who are not offered admission during ED may be denied admission or deferred for reconsideration as part of the regular applicant pool. ED applicants who are deferred to the regular pool may be admitted, refused, or placed on our wait-list. Typically about 10–20% of the applicants who are deferred are offered admission in the spring. A student who was deferred and then offered admission is no longer expected to adhere to the “binding” commitment of ED. ED I applicants are not deferred into the ED II applicant pool; they are deferred into the regular decision applicant pool.
What is the difference between ED I and ED II?
The only difference between the two is the deadlines. The assessment standards for ED I and ED II applications are identical. Both programs are binding and assume that an applicant will attend if admitted.
Does applying through one of the ED programs increase my chances for admission?
The admissions committee does, in every instance, attempt to apply the same assessment standards regardless of when a candidate submits an application. Any perceived statistical advantage due to the smaller ED applicant pool is misleading due to the self-selecting nature of Early Decision, and we would discourage a candidate from applying for strictly strategic reasons. We welcome applications from students who have made a clear commitment to Middlebury and who are excited about making that decision early in their senior year, but an early application should not be viewed as a means of increasing one’s chances for admission.
How does applying ED influence my financial aid?
Applying Early Decision has no impact on how the College assesses a family’s need and calculates an aid package. Although tax returns, etc., are not available until January, the College will make an estimated decision based on the information provided on the CSS Profile, which the Student Financial Services Office will finalize after a family’s federal tax documents are filed. The financial aid package arrives with, or shortly after, a letter of admission. The College does not differentiate between Early Decision or Regular Decision when awarding financial aid. Because Middlebury’s financial aid is need-based, an applicant’s aid application will be neither hindered nor helped by applying early. Candidates should know that Early Decision is not a good option for those students who desire or require the opportunity to compare financial aid packages.
What kind of testing does Middlebury require?
Middlebury's testing requirement may be met by any one of the following three options: the ACT (preferably with the Writing Test); the SAT I; or three exams in different areas of study from the SAT IIs. Middlebury accepts the College Board's Score Choice option which allows applicants to submit only the highest scores across all test dates. Please note that many high schools no longer report tests on their transcripts, so it is your responsibility to make sure that all tests are sent to Middlebury from the appropriate testing service.
Does Middlebury offer credit for AP and/or IB coursework done in high school?
Incoming students can receive credit for AP and IB courses but it's up to the individual departments whether or not to grant credit. It is therefore advisable to consult with the particular department in question. Here is a link to the registrar's AP policy page.
Do you have minimum test scores?
Middlebury does not set minimum or “cut off” scores. All applications are assessed by at least three admissions officers. We are accustomed to seeing ACT scores that range between 30-32 (Composite) and SAT IIs that range from the low to middle 700s; however, those ranges are approximate and students should know that we look at test scores in the context of your academic transcript. Test scores are an important part of our process because they allow us to compare students from all over the world who attend thousands of different secondary schools. Please remember that tests taken after December of your senior year are not likely to arrive in time for us to use in our decision-making process.
How can I submit my IB or AP exams if I am taking them as a senior?
The short answer to that question is: you can’t. If a student wants to submit AP or IB scores then those scores must be from exams taken by the end of junior year. IB students may not use predicted exam scores.
What kind of testing is required from international students?
International applicants are expected to meet the same standardized testing requirement as U.S. applicants. In addition, an applicant for whom English is not the first language is required to submit a test of English proficiency. Middlebury College will accept any of the following: TOEFL, SAT I Verbal, IELTS, CPE, MELAB, and ELPT. Predicted grades in IB A1 or A2 English or in A-level English will be considered as a test of English proficiency. There is no minimum or “cut off” score. For more information on applying to Middlebury as an international student, please read the Frequently Asked Questions for International Applicants.
What are Middlebury’s testing deadlines for Regular Decision?
Students applying to Middlebury under the Regular Decision program MUST have all testing completed by December of their senior year. January tests do not typically arrive in time to be used in the admissions process.
Is there a minimum GPA for admission to Middlebury?
We do not set a minimum GPA for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, we want to understand a student’s academic history as completely as we can. Having an arbitrary “cut-off” for GPAs would not acknowledge the great variety in grading systems among the thousands of secondary schools in the U.S. and abroad. Clearly Middlebury College seeks students who achieve excellence in their academics; we define that excellence by assessing the rigor of a student’s course load as well as the grades earned in those courses. Your academic attitude matters to us, an attitude that is reflected in the decisions you have made in choosing your classes. In lieu of an average or minimum GPA, it is sometimes helpful to know that the students we admit typically rank in the top decile of their class.
How important is rank-in-class? What if my school does not calculate it?
If a school does not provide an exact rank it may instead distinguish “deciles” or “quintiles.” For example, a student in the top decile of a class of 180 students would be somewhere in the top 18. Rank in class or decile distinctions are helpful in the process because they do allow us to place you in the context of your class; however, we do not look at rank without first extrapolating its meaning. An unweighted rank that does not acknowledge students enrolled in the most rigorous courses is less helpful than a weighted rank. If a school provides no type of ranking this does not put an applicant at a disadvantage. Most schools send a school profile, which describes the grading system and provides a grade distribution that charts the percentage of students earning each type of grade. This information allows us to see where your grades fall as compared to the rest of your academic peers. Do not worry about being at a disadvantage if your school does not provide a class rank. We work very hard to understand what your transcript says about you and do not depend solely upon GPA and rank to do so.
Is there a system that the admissions staff will use to assess the individual elements of my application?
Middlebury College does not have a set formula that applies to each application. We feel that every applicant presents a different academic and personal history and one universal formula could not accurately assess each student’s strengths. As mentioned above, we care deeply about the academic choices you have made, and we want to see that you have chosen a rigorous curriculum, taken advantage of the academic opportunities available at your school, and achieved at a high level in your courses. We cannot, because of the great variety in grading systems, compare the GPAs of students who attend different high schools; however, your test scores give us a piece of academic information that we can use to compare you to other students. We are also a community of very active and engaged citizens. We look for applicants who have made contributions outside the classroom. Students’ activities vary from extracurricular clubs and athletics to community service and after-school jobs. Do not be concerned that there is an implicit preference for one type of activity over another within the admissions committee. We are impressed by people who have had an impact on their school or community and find that students who were active in high school will be engaged citizens at Middlebury College. We use your essays to get a sense of how you think and how well you express yourself. Do not worry about coming up with the “right” answer to an essay question. Instead, think about what it is that you would want an admissions officer to know about you after reading your essays. Teacher recommendations are important because they allow us insight into the kind of contributions that you make in the classroom. Middlebury’s classes are typically very small (20 students or fewer) and faculty members expect a great deal of discussion and debate. Teacher recommendations can help us identify students who are active and thoughtful participants in class. All of these elements combine to influence our admissions decision. We encourage you to treat each element of your application with care.
Do students from private schools have an advantage over students from public schools?
No. Applicants to Middlebury College represent many wonderful public and private institutions from the U.S. and abroad. We have no preference for one type of school over another. Approximately 52% of Middlebury students attended public high schools and the remaining 48% attended independent, parochial, or home schools.
Does Middlebury have geographical quotas?
No. While we do seek to represent as many states and countries as we can, a student’s home address would not make up for any significant gap in his or her academic profile. Some geographical areas may be more interesting to us, but there is no optimal number of students we enroll from a given area.
Does it make a difference if I am the child of an alumna or alumnus of Middlebury?
We value greatly the connection between Middlebury and its alumni; however, a student who does not present a competitive academic profile would not be admitted simply because his or her parents attended Middlebury. About 6–9% of an incoming class represents children of alumni. In the 2012-13 application cycle approximately 200 of our applications were from children of alumni.
How do I apply for financial aid?
First-year applicants initially receive an estimated aid decision which becomes official after the family’s tax returns are reviewed. To apply for an estimated aid decision, Middlebury College requires that you submit the CSS (College Scholarship Service) Profile form, which is available on the College Board Website. You will need to provide Middlebury’s code, which is 3526. After enrolling at Middlebury, a family must also submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and federal income tax returns in order to receive a final aid decision. For further details regarding the CSS Profile and other financial aid instructions visit the Student Financial Services Website. There you will find a link to the College Board and other helpful Web sites.
Will my financial aid application have an impact on my admissions application?
Middlebury’s admission process is “need-blind” for U.S. citizens. This means that we do not know of your family’s finances when we assess your application. In the case of international students and transfer students, Middlebury follows a need-aware admissions policy. Middlebury is committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of any admitted student, domestic or international. All admission decisions are based upon an applicant’s ability to contribute as a student and a citizen to the Middlebury College community.
Does Middlebury offer any merit or athletic scholarships?
No. All financial assistance at Middlebury is based on demonstrated need; and we meet 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted students, domestic and international, who apply and qualify for financial aid.