COVID-19 Updates: Fall Semester

Welcome to First@Midd!

First @ Midd is a pre-orientation program that provides support to incoming students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year college, also known as first-generation student. A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree. Being first-generation is a very proud accomplishment.

This 4-day program is focused on acquainting you with many useful resources and offices at Middlebury, helping you navigate the sometimes complicated social and academic aspects of college life, and connecting you to members of our community who may be key to your success.

During First @ Midd, you will participate in activities, workshops, and educational and social events that will allow you to have fun meeting other students while at the same time preparing you for the transition to college life. Our goal is to help you build community, forge relationships, and learn some skills and strategies that can make your first year successful and enjoyable.

What are the dates of First@Midd?

First@Midd is tentatively scheduled to take place from Friday, August 28 through Thursday, September 3. Move-in day and Covid-19 testing will be August 26. See more details on the Middlebury 2020-21 information site.

Please note: You cannot move in earlier than August 26. Due to the management of Covid testing and student arrivals, we cannot make any exceptions to the move-in date and times.

During First@Midd, you will participate in virtual (via Zoom) activities, workshops, and social events that will allow you to have fun meeting other students while at the same time preparing you for the transition to college life. Our goal is to help you build community, forge relationships, and learn some skills and strategies that can make your first year successful and enjoyable.

How do I register for First@Midd?

If you are interested in attending First@Midd, please register at this link by August 1: go.middlebury.edu/fmreg Registration for First@Midd is required in order to participate. You will receive a confirmation email shortly after registering. Pay attention to deadlines. We will follow up after the registration deadline closes with more details about ground transportation, the schedules for First@Midd and the Family Orientation, and how to stay connected for updates. If you have questions, please contact our office at afc@middlebury.edu.

If you are an International Student, you are required to participate in Early Arrival. Learn more about this orientation and to register here. As a first-generation college student you will automatically be included on the AFC lists and be invited to participate in programming and events specific to first-gen students during the academic year.

Is First@Midd the same as MiddView?

No.  First @ Midd is only offered to incoming students who identify as first-gen.  MiddView is the weeklong orientation for all incoming new students and will begin September 2, immediately following the First @ Midd closing celebration.  As a participant in First @ Midd, you will partake in both and remain on campus during this transition.  Click here for general FAQs about MiddView orientation.

What should I do for meals and housing?

Meals will be provided through dining services for you and your family. 

For housing, you will move into your first-year residence hall.  You will only move in once, as this will be your room for the remainder of the year.  You will most likely meet your roommate the first day of MiddView.

Please note: You cannot move in earlier than the start date of First @ Midd. Due to decreased staffing prior to the start of the program, we cannot make any exceptions to the move-in date and times.

 

How do I get to campus?

Please visit Middlebury's orientation page for information about how to get to campus, public transportation, and parking information. 

Shuttle buses will be provided by the SGA, rates are subsidized. You can find more information here: http://www.middlebury.edu/arts/boxoffice/sga-buses

Bus schedule: http://www.middlebury.edu/system/files/media/Middlebury%20Bus%20Arrival%...

*Please note that there is no Uber or Lyft in Middlebury.

 

Where do I go when I arrive on campus?

Stay tuned for updates.

My family members are bringing me. How can they participate?

Activities

We are in the process of developing a virtual (via Zoom) orientation program for families taking place on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 30. We’ll be able to share more details about this soon.

**Check back soon to register for the First @ Midd Family Orientation.**

Lodging

First @ Midd participants will move into their residence halls upon arrival.  Please note that families may not stay in the residence halls with their students.

I have a question not listed here.

For further questions, please contact the Anderson Freeman Resource Center at afc@middlebury.edu or Roberto Lint Sagarena, Director of Intercultural Programs, at rlintsagarena@middlebury.edu.

First@Midd Slideshow

The inaugural First @ Midd cohort in 2016 gathered in front of the Anderson Freeman Resource Center, home to first-gen programming. This cohort included 40 first-year participants and 10 peer leaders.