First-Year Advising

First-year seminar instructors serve as as advisors for first-year students. Most or all of these instructors are faculty members with several years of experience at Middlebury, and many are senior faculty members. See faculty resources for first-year seminars.

Since they are new to the experience, it’s also helpful to support your first-year advisees in course registration.

Sophomore Year

Students face several important academic decisions in their sophomore year. Find more information for each of the following:

Junior Year

In addition to many of the concerns facing sophomores, many juniors consider a semester or year abroad to enhance their areas of study.

Each year more than half the junior class chooses to studies abroad. The Study Abroad Office can assist in planning for these opportunities. Many juniors will also begin the processes for graduate schools or fellowships.

Senior Year

Many seniors will undertake some form of senior work or thesis as well as preparing for a career or graduate school after graduation. Departmental advisors can and do support them in numerous ways.

  • The library’s Thesis Guide can help with senior thesis/project research and documentation
  • The Center for Careers and Internships can help with advising, résumés, and interview practice. Handshake has listings of opportunities where you can indicate your fields or interests or connect with alumni.