The Commons System

The Commons is Middlebury’s unique living-learning residential system that weaves the academic, social, and residential components of college life into an integrated community experience. Through the Commons, we provide students with the structure and support for exploration and growth, and the freedom to govern their own intellectual, cultural, and social development.

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.