General Policies

Middlebury College complies with applicable provisions of state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination in employment, or in admission or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities or facilities, on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, place of birth, Vietnam veteran status, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability. Questions relating to compliance during the summer session may be addressed to the Vice President of Language Schools, Schools Abroad & Graduate Programs, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753.


The following grades are used: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, and F.

Courses dropped after the add/drop deadline but on or before July 16 are entered on student transcripts as WD.  Pass/Fail grades and notations of “no credit” or “auditor” are not available.

A change in grade will only be allowed in a case of clerical error or for the reason of fairness to the student. Students who wish to appeal a course grade should consult with the instructor of the course and the director of the School. The student must write a letter stating the reasons for the appeal and should include copies of all relevant supporting materials. A change of grade form must be completed by the instructor of the course and the director. Subsequent appeal may be made to the Vice President for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs whose decision is final. Appeal must be made during the six months following receipt of the grade.

NOTE: GPA is calculated for all students attending Middlebury College. The course numbering system will be as follows: undergraduate courses 3100–3499.


Credits and Course Load

All credit awarded by the School of the Environment is defined in terms of units. One unit equals three semester hours of credit. Students enrolled in the six-week session of the School of the Environment normally earn three units of credit. 

For transfer purposes, the student’s home institution determines how many credits are granted for a summer’s work. Students should consult their home campus advisors.

Students are expected to maintain a full course load of three courses while enrolled in the School of the Environment.  Only in rare instances will permission to carry less than a full course load be granted.

All students must pay the full tuition even if they are carrying less than the full load of courses.


Middlebury College is accredited by the Vermont State Department of Education, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Membership in one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators.