Many students begin their introduction to Middlebury at the Admissions Office in Emma Willard House.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Middlebury College has offered 280 students early admission to the Class of 2019. Chosen from a pool of 667 applicants, the admitted students will represent about 40 percent of a class that is expected to total about 690.

The College deferred 80 applicants, who will be considered for regular admission in the spring, and denied admission to 307 students.

Middlebury’s early decision program is binding, which means that students who apply have selected Middlebury as their first choice and are committed to attending if accepted.

Last year Middlebury College received 686 applications for early decision and admitted 287 students.

Middlebury College Dean of Admissions Greg Buckles said that the 280 accepted students are from 32 states, Washington, D.C., and 13 countries.

Among those accepted early decision are 10 students who will receive full-tuition scholarships as they pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through the College’s expanded partnership with The Posse Foundation. The foundation identifies, recruits, and trains urban public school students with leadership and academic potential. Middlebury has hosted a new Posse group from New York each year since 1999 and added a second from Chicago in the fall of 2012. Drawing from schools in Los Angeles, the third group was formed in response to a national challenge issued by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to ensure that the country’s diversity is reflected at the highest levels in the STEM fields.

“We’re excited about the addition of our third Posse,” said Buckles. “Our science faculty are looking forward to working with the group. A number of these faculty will be visiting the Posse Foundation’s Los Angeles office throughout the spring to meet with the students and conduct science-oriented workshops and classes.”

The College will award up to $4.2 million in need-based financial aid to students admitted early decision.

Students learned of their admission by logging onto a special website starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 6. Mailed letters arrived at their homes last week.

The deadline for regular admission applications is January 1.