About Hurricane Irene

A Message from the Dean of the College and the Dean of Students

Updated, August 30

We write with an update in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. While the storm has moved on, Vermont took a significant hit and many, many communities are without power and are coping with very serious flood damage. You should be aware that more than 200 roads and numerous bridges throughout the state were closed at one time, and many remain so. Communities immediately to the south of us, such as Brandon and Rutland, are among those seriously affected.

For those students who have been approved for early arrival, we urge you to take extreme caution in planning your travel to Middlebury. Your safety is our highest concern, and we will work to accommodate delayed arrivals. It may be helpful for you to consult the Vermont Agency of Transportation website, where many of the road closures are listed:


Note that because of extensive damage to roads through the Green Mountains (100, 4, 125), those traveling to Middlebury from points east and south (southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts) will probably be best served by taking Interstate 89 north to Burlington and then heading south to Middlebury on Route 7. For those traveling to Vermont by air, there have been no reports of damage to the roads, mostly Route 7, connecting Middlebury with the Burlington International Airport.

New Student Orientation

We continue to predict that operations at the College will proceed as normal for orientation.  New Student Orientation 2011 is scheduled to begin as planned on Tuesday, September 6.  Move-in day for first-year students is September 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Should you have any questions about orientation, feel free to call us at 802-443-3103 or send an e-mail to orientation@middlebury.edu.

Contact Numbers

As a reminder, below are some important contact numbers if you need additional information or assistance.

Emergencies: 911
Department of Public Safety: 802-443-5911
Office of the Dean of Students:  802-443-3233

Commons Offices:

Atwater, 802.443.3310
Brainerd, 802.443.3320
Cook, 802.443.3330
Ross, 802.443.3340
Wonnacott, 802.443.3350

Take your time and travel safely. We look forward to seeing you soon.

All our best,

Shirley M. Collado
Dean of the College

Katy Smith Abbott
Dean of Students