With a curriculum anchored in the liberal arts and sciences and an approach to learning responsive to an evolving, increasingly complex world, a Middlebury education is as distinct as it is comprehensive.

We offer a 21st-century global liberal arts and sciences education. Scholarship and research are not confined to the classroom or laboratory, nor even to a particular field of study. A robust offering of majors, minors, and academic programs not only provides students with a diverse range of disciplines to explore and to experience, but each discipline is intended to work in concert with another, fostering an evolution of cross-disciplinary collaboration that is at the heart of the academic experience at Middlebury. 

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A first-year seminar is a course, every first-year takes it. It’s a course designed to get you involved in the liberal arts education and what the liberal arts actually looks like. A lot of these courses are unique and are something that professors are interested in but don’t often teach. For instance, I teach a course called the Language of Conspiracy Theories, which is a fun course where we study why do conspiracy theories exist, where do they exist in the 21st century, and why do they keep popping up. Those are the types of courses that you’ll be taking with your first-year seminar. They’re a great way for you to engage with peers in your new class. Your first-year seminar professor is also your advisor. So it’s a great way to get you involved with your first-year experience here at Middlebury and to get you set up for the rest of your academic career. Next I wanna talk to just quickly about choosing a major. This is my third year at the College, and I can say that I’ve been surprised how many students show up, they have a major in mind. They know what they want to do in life. And then after a semester, maybe a year, they’ve completely changed their mind. They’ll go from something that, oh, they were all about science, and now they wanna do something a little liberal arts. Or vice versa. So to find a major, we really suggest taking a broad array of classes. Really exploring the possibilities of what interests you. And you’ll be surprised by what you might want to major in. It’s okay if you have a major already in mind when you get here, and maybe that stays your major. Maybe the major changes. Or maybe you don’t have a major in mind, and that’s great as well. The great thing is you’ll focus on taking different sorts of courses and working with your professor to find the best major for you.

Here at Middlebury, we have a 4-1-4 calendar system, meaning that students take four classes in the fall semester, four classes in the spring semester, and then one class during the month of January, and that is known as our J-term. J-term is a really wonderful time to try something new because you’re taking one class for four weeks. My first year here I took a class in the Religion Department called Buddhism in the Modern World, which was really far outside of my comfort zone, but I think it was the perfect time to do that. You could also take a class from a visiting professor, take a more unique class, like an EMT course and get your certification, but you could even use this time to do an internship, study abroad, or do research for credit. Beyond the classroom, J-term is a really fun time because we celebrate winter in Vermont with activities like a Winter Carnival, which consists of a concert and ski races, and a bunch of different workshops and student-led activities. I also used this time to take my first ever ski lesson at a Rikert Nordic Center, and it was just really fun to celebrate winter in Vermont.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this institution and to give you a little clue about what your academic advising might look like. The way that liberal arts means making sense of the human experience, please also remember that your advisor, your first-year seminar advisor, then subsequently your academic advisor, are here to help you make sense of your college experience, your entry into being a scholar, and ultimately a purposeful person in the world. So, in your third semester, you will declare your major. But prior to that, your first-year seminar instructor will serve as your academic advisor. He or she will tell you how to expand your vision of not only the academic experience, but yourself. They may nudge you to take courses in something that might make you feel a little uncomfortable, or they may point you in the direction of something that may expand your horizons. And then in your third semester, once you declare your major, you’ll have an academic advisor who’ll help you hone in on the question that will ultimately propel you to a new understanding and a purposeful life in the world.

Follow Your Interests

Interested in the humanities and arts? STEM? Learning a language? Do you want to explore an interdisciplinary field like environmental studies? Do you envision a career in the social sciences?

The Middlebury curriculum is broad, deep, and flexible. Once here, you may decide to focus on a new area of study. You can engage in extracurricular pursuits like playing sports, writing for the student newspaper, or performing in a musical, and also participate in cocurricular activities, such as volunteering in the community, through our experiential learning centers, and much more. 

Such exploration and immersion is the essence of a liberal arts education. Here you have the time, space, and support to pursue the many interests that appeal to you!

Designing Your Education

From your first-year seminar to your senior work, you can create an academic experience entirely your own at Middlebury. Explore the subjects you love and discover some new ones you’ve never considered. Now is the time to do it, and Middlebury makes it possible.

Academic advising is central to the undergraduate experience. It’s an ongoing conversation between students and faculty, beginning with your earliest days on campus and lasting over the years as you plan for graduation and life after college. You’ll also find the resources you need in other areas—from tutoring and writing help to planning and time management. The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research is a wealth of peer and professional support. The Registrar’s Office is also a great source of useful information.

Middlebury and the World

  • Middlebury has been offering immersion language learning from beginner to graduate level for more than 100 years. Each summer we welcome students from all walks of life and all parts of the world who want to study one of our 13 languages in an intensive and immersive environment. 

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  • The Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, offers graduate programs that prepare students for professional roles in cross-cultural, multilingual environments. Its career-oriented degrees provide intentional focus on developing skills and implementing practical solutions worldwide.

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  • With 37 schools in 17 countries, students experience total immersion in the language and culture of their choice—an authentic experience at a local academic institution, engagement with the community, and personal discoveries.

    Middlebury Schools Abroad
  • Centrally located in Washington, D.C., these offices serve as a place for the entire Middlebury community to gather, learn, and network with experts here in the city, nationally, and internationally. We provide access to academic programming, educational events, and internship opportunities.

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Upcoming Events

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  • Pink writing on a maroon background, with three faces superimposed on the clouds and people lined up on steps leading to a domed building

    A Hundred Circling Camps

    By Sam Collier ’09, directed by Rebecca Wear ’10.5

    Join the The Dogteam Theatre Project for an Open Rehearsal of this world premiere production before it travels to NYC!

    Wright Theatre

    Open to the Public

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    La Viuda

    By María Irene Fornés, directed and translated by Olga Sanchez Saltveit

    Join the The Dogteam Theatre Project for an Open Rehearsal of this world premiere production before it travels to NYC!

    Wright Theatre

    Open to the Public

  • The History of Tenryumura - screening and reception

    The History of Tenryumura: A documentary on the World War II history of a small village in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture, Japan and how one community reckons with a significant, tragic, and painful segment of its past. The screening will be followed by a reception and Q&A with village leaders, the documentarians, and student translators. Japanese with subtitles.

    Dana Auditorium (Sunderland Language Center)

    Closed to the Public

  • Duo Ondine; Four-hands piano duet

    Duo Ondine is a French-Italian four-hands piano duet born in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014. Ten years later, its refined and virtuosic programs and highly sensitive playing continue to delight international audiences. Specializing in French and Slavic repertoires, Juliette Aridon-Kociolek and Clémentine Dubost present programs including Debussy, Ravel, Dukas, Saint-Saëns, Dvorak, Rachmaninov, Borodine, Moussorgsky, and Stravinsky, designing their concert programs around a specific theme or connecting thread. Free and open to the public.

    Mahaney Arts Center, Olin C. Robison Concert Hall

    Open to the Public

  • Middlebury College Carillon Series: Serguei Gratchev, Instructor, Belgian Carillon School & Midd College Summer Russ

    Each year, musicians from around the world come to Middlebury to perform in the Middlebury Chapel’s bell tower, soaring high above the College campus. The melodic sounds of the carillon bells are a staple of summer life on the Middlebury College campus. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket! Free and open to the public.

    Click here for more information about the carillon series and to view programs for each concert.

    6:00 PM

    Middlebury Chapel

    Open to the Public

    Middlebury Chapel

    Open to the Public