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The students we select each year for February admission are highly motivated and academically passionate. As a Feb, you are in great company.

Febs have one free semester between high school and college in which to pursue their interests. They can do almost anything, from apprenticing with housebuilders to reading all the works of Dickens to traveling across Canada by train to raising vegetables for the local food shelf.

Febs have the benefit of entering the College with a close-knit cohort of 90–100 students at a time when the entire College is excited to welcome them to campus. After completing their four full years, Febs take part in a unique ski-down tradition at the Middlebury Snow Bowl to celebrate their graduation.

Febs proudly wear the “.5” at the end of their graduation year and join a long tradition of adventurous students who aren’t afraid to do things a bit differently. We can’t wait to hear what you decide to do with a Febmester!

Learn more about the February Admission Program, including resources to help you plan your gap semester.

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The Feb Experience

Fabulous Febs

My name’s Roya. I’m from Los Angeles, California, and for my Febmester, the first month I wanted to make some money, so I worked in my elementary school as like a TA.

I’m Jacob. I’m from Calais, Vermont, and I volunteered in a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece.

I hiked the Continental Divide trail.

I worked as a fishing guide in Chile.

I studied Environmental Science in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

I spent three months in Indonesia going all across the country, doing different home stays.

[Interviewer] And what are you pumped about coming to Middlebury?

What am I pumped about? Definitely the thing I’m most excited for is all the people.

I ski all the time, so I’m excited for the Snow Bowl.

Being in a classroom again. I’m so excited to like learn, and the classes are so amazing.

My Feb Story: Claire Contreras ’22.5

Hello, my name is Claire Contreras. I’m a sophomore Feb from Washington, D.C. I live in Pearsons, and I’m a conservation biology major. I was really excited to be accepted as a Feb and get to take some time off. I was still learning a lot over my Febmester, but it was a really different type of learning. I worked for the Student Conservation Association. I was part of a team of six people that cleared trails in public parks in D.C. It was super fun and super empowering. Now that I’m at Middlebury, and I had that time off, I think I’m a lot more independent. I joined some things that I was not involve in in high school. I do radio. Welcome back, beautiful listeners. You’re listening to 91.1 FM Middlebury College Radio. And I’m part of Sunday Night Environment Group, which is an amazing organization on campus. We do things like we planned the climate strike this past fall.

This is looking like it’s going to be the largest mobilization for climate justice ever, which is huge and exciting—

Aside from academics and extracurriculars, in my free time, I mostly just hang out with friends. We go hiking, we go to The Knoll, which is the organic farm on campus. We go into town and get yummy food. We cook together, and we watch movies. We hang out, go to shows. There’s a lot of comedy shows, dance shows, theater. The Feb community is probably one of my favorite parts about being a Feb. Being in a group that was small enough that we could all talk to each other was really awesome, and I think it’s a really great part of Middlebury and a really great part of being a Feb. I really feel like I’ve made strong connections here at Middlebury. I really feel these friends that I have here are friends that I’ll have for my whole life, which is a really awesome experience.

The Febmester

Febs do all kinds of different things during their Febmesters. These are just a few:

  • Interned at a local newspaper.
  • Worked at a movie theater and wrote a screenplay.
  • Stayed at home, did a lot of writing, traveled a bit.
  • Studied German in Berlin and learned to ride a mountain unicycle.
  • Volunteered at a kindergarten in Ghana.
  • Interned with the Children’s Defense Fund.
  • Volunteered in Boston public schools.
  • Lived with a family in Paris.
  • Worked on a fishing boat in Alaska.
  • Hiked the Long Trail and worked at a ski shop.
  • Developed and promoted a clothing business started during high school.
  • Attended a National Outdoor Leadership School program in India.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Febs don’t need to catch up at all. You arrive right on time—with four full years ahead to complete your requirements and make the most of college.

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Degrees are awarded at the official Commencement in May, but Febs completing their work at the end of winter term enjoy a special ceremony in which they “ski down” Middlebury’s Snow Bowl in full cap and gown—on skis, snowboards, snowshoes, or sleds.

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Yes! One out of every six students at Middlebury enrolls midyear, and Febs have equally competitive GPAs as students who enroll in September.

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Febs arrive on campus for orientation during the weeklong break before spring semester. Opportunities abound to get involved in a variety of clubs and organizations.

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Earning college credit shouldn’t be a goal in your semester off, but if you choose to do so, please refer to our “Feb Guide to Transfer Credit and Study Abroad” located at go.middlebury.edu/febmester. For additional questions, contact Kerrin Hoff, associate registrar, at 802-443-5069 or khoff@middlebury.edu.

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Before arriving, you will complete an online housing questionnaire about your lifestyle, interests, housing preferences, and needs. First-year Febs are generally housed in doubles with other first-year Febs, in either first-year-only residence halls or residence halls with upper classes as well.