Students are teachers, too; they learn from one another. Financial aid enables the College to bring together top scholars from all backgrounds, so that students leave Middlebury open to diversity and prepared to navigate an increasingly interconnected world.
Funding scholarships to achieve this goal is Middlebury’s top priority.
The Annual Fund
The Alumni Fund supports every student, professor, program, and department on campus. Unrestricted gifts to the Parents’ Fund can be used for any of the College’s current priorities, providing the flexibility to accommodate changing circumstances and to take advantage of unexpected opportunities.
Such gifts enable the College to do more for each student than it could possibly do if it were funded by the comprehensive fee alone.
Personalized teaching and mentoring relationships between faculty and students are at the heart of a Middlebury education. The College’s low student-faculty ratio (currently 9 to 1) ensures small classes, excellent advising, and meaningful opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty on research and other projects.
Support for faculty empowers the College to remain responsive to evolving fields of study by recruiting and retaining top scholars.
Applying the Liberal Arts
Middlebury students must be prepared to engage the world in all of its complexity, which means they have to be able to apply their knowledge to real-world problems.
They need opportunities both inside and outside the classroom—internships, volunteer activities, self-directed projects, undergraduate research experiences—to develop and practice their abilities to collect and synthesize information, analyze complex problems, and communicate clearly.