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Class of 2023 Offers Wide Range of Talents

June 26, 2019

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – A total of 703 students have accepted Middlebury’s offer of admission and will enroll at the College as members of the Class of 2023. Currently 617 students plan to enroll in September and 86 in February. 

“I am pleased that we have had another successful year,” said Nicole Curvin, director of admissions who will become dean of admissions as of July 1. “After reaching a record high in applications, we are welcoming an accomplished group of young people with great promise who will contribute significantly to our campus and local community.”

Middlebury continues to attract a diverse group of students. The percentage of international students increased from 10 to 12 percent of the class. Twenty-seven percent of the Class of 2023 (and 2023.5, as the College refers to students starting in February) will be students of color. The percentage of students receiving Pell Grants is 15 percent. First-generation students, or students who are the first in their families to attend college, make up 11 percent of the class. 

Members of the Class of 2023 will bring a wide range of experiences to campus. Inspired by a family tragedy, one student founded a charity that has donated over $200,000 to children’s causes and been recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Entrepreneurs in the class include a number of beekeepers, several small business owners, a handful of successful app designers, and one young woman who, along with her mother, started a direct-delivery healthy meals company that operates in 42 states. 

Also among the Class of 2023 is a student who used a National Geographic grant to study an endangered marine animal called the nautilus and, as part of this research, discovered a new species of the animal. While one student has won state and regional titles as a farmer and cattle owner, another is a nationally ranked jump roper.

Members of the incoming class are from 42 states, Washington, D.C., and 56 countries. The College will award approximately $13 million in financial aid to about 41 percent of the incoming class, with an average annual grant of roughly $49,647.

Curvin said that the final number for the students who enroll in September will be less than 617 as some students—usually a dozen—may decide to take a gap year and others change plans over the summer, as happens every year.

Along with the Class of 2023, there will be 11 transfer students who enroll in September. 

“This summer, offices ranging from Student Activities to the Anderson Freeman Resource Center are busy working on housing, orientation, and other projects as they prepare for the arrival of our new students in the fall,” said Curvin. “We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2023 to Middlebury.”

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