Orientation trips are a 25-year tradition at Middlebury and offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to begin your college experience with a small group of classmates and student leaders! After spending 4 days on campus, all students will depart on a MiddView Trip. Students will leave Friday, September 5 and return to campus Sunday, September 7, returning in time for convocation on Sunday.
MiddView Trips are organized into three categories: Community Engagement, Vermont Exploration and Wilderness Exploration. Community Engagement trips focus on connecting with community partners and providing service to them. Vermont Explorations trips explore various aspects of Vermont’s cultural landscape. Wilderness Explorations trips are outdoor adventure oriented. The common thread among all the trip is the small group experience in which participants have the opportunity to connect with peers and learn about the Middlebury College experience from those who know most about it: student leaders.
No previous experience is necessary for any MiddView trip. We encourage you to choose a trip that will introduce you to something new. The trips are designed to provide opportunities for you to (a.) connect with you new classmates and returning student leaders for support in the transition to Middlebury; (b.) develop a richer sense of place and get to know your new “home away from home;” and (c.) reflect on who you want to be and what you hope to accomplish in this, your first year at Middlebury.