Admissions & Application Requirements

The Middlebury School of the Environment offers both an introductory and upper-level undergraduate curriculum.

For the Systems Thinking track, no previous college-level environmental coursework is required; however, it is expected that students applying for this track of study will have already completed a year of college-level coursework (rising sophomores).

For the Sustainability track, previous college-level coursework in some aspect of the study of the relationship between humans and the environment is required.

Admission is for one summer and cannot be deferred to a future year. Admission to the School of the Environment is entirely separate from undergraduate admission to Middlebury College.


Who Should Apply?


Financial aid availability and enrollment status

Need-based grants are available to all applicants. Get more information on financial aid or check your enrollment status.

Deadline for Applications

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 15th. You will be notified of a decision within two weeks of your application being complete.

Can international students participate in the School of the Environment?

Non-U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. visa status that allows full-time study during the dates of the School of the Environment program to be eligible to apply.  (Note: U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents are eligible to attend.)

International students who already have an F-1 student status from a U.S. college or university that they attend during the academic year may apply to the School of the Environment as long as they will maintain F-1 status throughout the dates of the summer session.

International students in another visa status that allows for full-time study may inquire to to confirm whether they are eligible to participate.

Application Requirements
1. Online Application

Please select one of the following:

• Systems Thinking Track
• Sustainability Track

2. Nonrefundable Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $75 in U.S. funds is due when submitting an application. You may pay by credit card online, or you may send a check or money order, made payable to Middlebury College. On your check, write your name and "School of the Environment." You may not pay by cash, nor are we able to take credit card payments by phone, fax, or email.

This fee is waived for the following applicants:

• Middlebury College undergraduate students
• Current Mills College students
• Currently enrolled students who provide a letter from their home institution, stating that they receive 96-100% need-based financial aid

If you are eligible for a fee waiver, select "Pay by check or money order" in order to proceed with the online application, but do not submit payment. Please indicate the reason in the essay portion of the application.

3. Transcript(s)

We require an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. An official electronic transcripts from your registrar will also be accepted. If you are a first-semester college student, please submit an official transcript from your high school, as well as first-semester college grades when available. All transcripts must be in English.

N.B. The School of the Environment will procure transcripts for Middlebury undergraduates. 

4. Recommendations

One letter of recommendation is required to complete your application. For your convenience, recommendation forms are available for print or download here.

The recommender should be a recent professor who is able to speak about your academic preparation for this course of study and your ability to work effectively within a group.

Letter of Recommendation form

5. Previous Coursework and Essays
  • Submit a statement of 200 words in English, in which you give the title and brief description of no more than three courses that you have taken at the college level that have exposed you to issues related to Environmental Studies.
  • Provide a short essay on the following question: Why are you interested in attending the School of the Environment?
  • Provide a short explanation for why you prefer the particular track of study that you selected.
  • Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

Submit the above in the designated sections of the online application. We suggestion that you complete them as word-processing documents, and then copy and paste the text into the online application.

Address for Submitting Materials

School of the Environment
Middlebury College
14 Old Chapel Road
Sunderland 206
Middlebury, VT 05753

Additional Information for Current Middlebury College Students


Admission is granted on the basis of academic qualifications and the availability of space. Being a Middlebury undergraduate does not guarantee admission.


NOTE: The titles and numbers of courses offered at the School of the Environment during the summer do not necessarily match the titles and number of courses in the Environmental Studies Program during the academic year. The description of how the courses offered at the School of the Environment count toward completion of the Middlebury College Environmental Studies major can be found on the School’s web site ( or via email from the director of the School (

As with other Middlebury College coursework, grades for courses taken at the School of the Environment will be posted to your transcript and be included in the calculation of your GPA.  The exception to this is that if you attend the School of the Environment after the Middlebury BA has been awarded, grades earned at the School of the Environment will not be included in the BA GPA.

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About School of the Environment
Middlebury College’s School of the Environment is a 6-week summer environmental studies program. The School combines one of the best environmental studies programs in the United States with our renowned intensive summer methodology. Students take three rigorous environmental science courses taught by top rated faculty.  The defining feature of the program is environmental leadership training. Guided by national environmental leaders, students build a tool kit of career skills preparing them for environmental internships and environmental science jobs. Contact Us! | 802.443.3100