You’re a Feb! Here’s What That Means.
Congratulations! As a Feb, you’ve been admitted as part of a 50-year Middlebury tradition. Each year, about 20 percent of the first-year class begins in February rather than September. Our Febs are among the most highly motivated and academically passionate students we select each year—so you should definitely consider yourself to be in great company.
The Feb Class of 2027.5 will include approximately 100 other first-year students. In addition to being part of a select cohort, you also get to benefit from an extra semester—we call it a “Febmester”—between high school and college to pursue your interests, work, or take some well-deserved downtime.
You’ll complete your Middlebury degree in four full years with a special February outdoor Commencement. You’re included in the formal College Commencement exercises in May, too. You even get a “.5” added to the end of your class year.
Maybe you were hoping to be accepted as a Feb. Maybe you’re just figuring out what it means. Either way, we hope you’re excited to join this tradition of adventurous students who aren’t afraid to do things a bit differently.
The Feb Experience
Making the most of your “pause” before college.
One of the most exciting things about being accepted to Middlebury as a Feb is getting to plan your Febmester—what we call the semester before you attend orientation and then begin classes at Middlebury.
The Febmester is a great time to get yourself grounded and take a breath before beginning your college life at Middlebury. Our Febs say that their Febmester opportunity was one of the very best things about becoming a Feb.
What can you do?
You may choose to work to earn money to save, to support yourself, or to contribute to your family. You may get an internship or decide to devote some time to a project or interest that is personally meaningful to you.
If circumstances allow, you may be able to travel or visit with friends and relatives.
Here are some ideas from our students’ recent Febmesters:
- Working on an organic farm
- Volunteering in a local kindergarten
- Fishing in Alaska
- Working as a wildlife technician at a local national park
- Studying German in Berlin
- Working at a hometown restaurant
- Attending a National Outdoor Leadership School program
- Hiking the length of Vermont
- Catching up on reading and classic movies
- Interning at the Children’s Defense Fund
Let us know if you’d like to learn more about how to make the most of this time!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q How do I catch up if I start in February?
Febs don’t need to catch up at all. You arrive right on time in early February with the rest of the Class of 2025.5—with four full years ahead to complete your requirements and make the most of your time at Middlebury.
Q When do I graduate?
Your Middlebury degree will be formally awarded to you at our official Commencement in May. However, as a Feb you’ll complete your academic work at the end of winter term. You can then enjoy a special outdoor ceremony, unique to Middlebury, in which you can process down the hill at Middlebury’s Snow Bowl in full cap and gown—on skis, snowboards, snowshoes, or sleds.
Q Am I as qualified as the students who start in September?
Yes! You can be certain that you and your fellow Febs have equally impressive academic records as those who begin at Middlebury in September. All Middlebury students, regardless of their start date, are evaluated for admission by the same rigorous standards.
Q How do I get started halfway through the academic year?
You and your fellow Febs will arrive on campus for Feb Orientation in early February, after our winter “J-term” concludes. You’ll get to know Middlebury and your new classmates during this week while other Middlebury students are away on break before spring semester begins. You’ll register for classes, meet with your advisor, and learn about all the clubs and activities you can join. You’ll be ready to start class with the full student body when they return to campus.
Q Can I take college courses during my gap semester?
We don’t expect that earning college credit will be your priority during your “Febmester.” If you choose to take one or more college courses, however, please refer to our “Feb Guide to Transfer Credit and Study Abroad” located at go.middlebury.edu/febmester. For additional questions about study abroad credit, contact Stacey Woody Thebodo, Associate Director of International Programs and Off-Campus Study at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about credit from U.S. institutions, contact Anna Harrington, Assistant Registrar, at email@example.com.
Q Will I have a roommate?
Yes, you should expect to have a roommate assigned to you. Before arriving, you’ll be asked to complete an online housing questionnaire where you’ll be asked about your lifestyle, interests, housing preferences, and needs. First-year Febs are generally housed in doubles with other first-year Febs within our first-year/sophomore residential communities.