Students learn from those whose experiences, beliefs, and perspectives are different from their own. Diversity challenges preconceptions while encouraging critical thinking and effective communication with people of varied backgrounds. To prepare our students to be global citizens, we must have the resources to recruit students from all backgrounds, from every state, and from around the world.
Funding scholarships to bring these students to Middlebury—regardless of ability to pay—is Middlebury’s top priority.
Annual Giving provides 8 percent of Middlebury’s budget and supports every student, professor, program, and department on campus. These gifts can be used for any of the College’s current priorities, providing the flexibility to respond rapidly to changing circumstances and to take advantage of unexpected opportunities.
Annual Giving enhances a Middlebury education in innumerable ways, enabling the College to do more for each student than it could possibly do if it were funded by the comprehensive fee alone. Every gift counts toward the Initiative total.
Faculty and Academic Program Support
Personalized teaching and mentoring relationships between students and faculty are at the heart of a Middlebury education. Support from alumni, parents, and friends helps the College to maintain its low student-faculty ratio (currently 9 to 1), ensuring small classes, excellent advising, and meaningful opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty on research and other projects.
Funds are needed to maintain this level of involvement and to recruit and retain top scholars. Funds are also needed to support research and curriculum development, so programs remain responsive to evolving fields of study.
Applying the Liberal Arts
Middlebury students must be prepared to engage the world by applying their knowledge to real-world problems. They need opportunities to develop and practice their abilities to collect and synthesize information, analyze complex problems, explore creative work, develop new ideas, and communicate clearly. These opportunities can be found through internships, volunteer activities, undergraduate research, or self-directed projects.
Gifts support a number of programs and centers dedicated to this goal, including Education in Action, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Programs on Creativity and Innovation, and the Undergraduate Research Office.