Middlebury’s residential system is the backbone of student life at the College. It embodies the College’s conviction that an excellent liberal arts education takes place around the clock—as easily over dinner as in the classroom.
Students live in Commons residence halls their first two years at Middlebury. Commons residence halls are grouped into “living-learning communities,” which combine the academic, social, and residential components of college life. They also foster close and abiding relationships among the student residents and among the faculty and staff who are part of their Commons.
As juniors and seniors, students may choose from the range of housing options available to them across campus, while remaining members of their original Commons by retaining their Commons Dean and Head. As students develop strong connections to their Commons, they continue to be involved throughout their junior and senior years, complementing their increasing focus on their major with informal academic mentoring of those just starting out. Upperclassmen can give back in more official ways, as well, by taking on vital roles as residential life staff.