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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.”


What an impressive entering class. Fantastic diligent work on the part of the admissions Committee and the Dean and Directors of Admission. Also impressive is the awarding of approximately 13 million dollars in financial aid! What percent of students admitted are legacy? I ask this only from interest, as I think many of us as alumni are happy that our children who had that chance were very fortunate, indeed. Kudos to all those at the College who were involved in admissions and to those faculty members who will guide these students for the next four years.; Thanks for
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all you do! How lucky are all these students who will have such an excellent faculty to mentor and teach them. Mike '60
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by Mike Robinson '60 (not verified)

I’m really glad that Middlebury has had an opportunity to admit such a ‘diverse’ group of elite students. If you sense any irony in the previous statement it is entirely intentional. Hooray that there are new students who can manage to found a charity that catches the attention of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, or people who own prize-winning livestock. However, let’s not forget about the children of single mothers who went to a troubled underfunded public school and had to fight for every single opportunity. Or perhaps, let’s talk about some of the people from
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other countries that might be flying something like, oh I don’t know, oppression. I want to hear about the students for whom the opportunity to go to an elite school is a massive life-changing event. I know you have them. I was one of them.
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by Scott Smithson (not verified)

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