The Bread Loaf School of English

New Student Admission

Eligibility for Admission

Applicants may apply either as Continuing Education students or as candidates for an MA or an MLitt degree. To be eligible for admission, all candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) from  a regionally  accredited college or university. Additionally, MLitt candidates must hold an MA in English.

Exceptional undergraduates may also apply for admission after completing the equivalent of three years towards the BA.

New Student Admissions

Applications for admission for all new candidates may be submitted from July 15 to May 21, using the form available at www.middlebury.edu/blse/admissions/apply. Admissions decisions are made starting the second week of January.

In addition to the online form, an application to Bread Loaf must include:

  • official transcripts for undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate work;
  •  two letters of reference;
  • a statement of purpose;
  • a writing sample (7–10 pages for continuing education and MA candidates; 12–15 pages for MLitt candidates);
  • a $65 application fee (this fee is waived for Middlebury undergraduates and alumni, and for anyone who has paid a Middlebury or Bread Loaf application fee in the past).  

Campus Choice

New and returning candidates must select a single campus upon applying or re-enrolling. Campuses do fill, and students may not get their first choice; in that case, the Bread Loaf office will contact the applicant, who may opt to select another campus or remain on a wait list.

All degree candidates must attend the Vermont campus once. Students may ask that this requirement be waived, but waivers are approved rarely, and only in cases when attendance in Vermont is impossible. In addition, we encourage all students to attend as many of our campuses as possible in order to take advantage of the range of educational and cultural opportunities that Bread Loaf provides.

Because the two-unit courses at the Oxford campus include a unit of independent research (see Credits), students whose records suggest that they are not yet prepared for that challenge might not be admitted to the Oxford campus; in those cases, they will be contacted by the director and asked to select another campus.

Deferral of Admission

Applicants who are accepted but are unable to attend Bread Loaf in the summer for which they applied may defer admission for up to 2 years. To activate a deferred admission, applicants should resubmit the online application form; they need not resubmit supporting materials or pay another application fee. These applications should be submitted during the regular admissions season (July 15 to May 21) for the summer which the applicant plans to attend. Enrollment in any given year will depend on the availability of space in the program that year (not the year of the initial application).