Middlebury

Creating a Balanced Course Load

Advise students to balance their course loads by both interest and type. Different kinds of courses have different rhythms during the semester.

To have a balanced course load after the FYSE, students should select:

  • 1 course in a major (or possible major)

  • 1 course to enjoy or are good at, or to fulfill a distribution credit

  • 1 course to explore, to experiment with, to try something NEW

Choosing Courses

Find a Balance of Interest and Type

First-year students should seek to balance their course loads by both interest and type. Different kinds of courses have different rhythms during the semester.  To find out the appropriate course, you may in some cases need to take a placement exam.  See the Placement Examination chart here for more information.