We value your partnership in supporting students through their high school years—especially through their college search and application process. Now more than ever, as we navigate these uncertain times, we are grateful for your work across the desk. We hope this page serves as a resource for you as you do that work.
Connect with Us!
You’re always welcome to reach out by phone (802-443-3000) and email, but you may find it most useful to contact your regional admissions counselor directly and to join our mailing list. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch and let us know how we can help you best support students as they learn about Middelbury and navigate the college search process.
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We are happy to join a panel, present on a specific topic, and be a resource for your students and community. Please be in touch with your regional counselor with specific requests.
Helpful Information about our Admissions Process
In order to support the challenges today’s students are experiencing—from remote learning to changes in class structure, class offerings, academic calendars, and grades—we’re making some changes to how we evaluate students for admission.
Middlebury Is Now Test-Optional
For the next three years, Middlebury will make standardized test scores an optional part of a student’s application. A student’s decision to submit scores, or not, will in no way impact their candidacy for admission. They should also be assured that schools’ move toward remote or online learning, changes to grading systems, the use of pass/fail grades, and restrictions on extracurricular activities won’t put them at a disadvantage. We understand that these are uniquely difficult times, and we are approaching our application review with that understanding. We will continue to evaluate each applicant holistically and objectively.
Middlebury’s Commitment to Affordability
Middlebury continues to be one of few colleges in the nation that are need-blind for all domestic applicants and that guarantee they will meet a student’s full demonstrated financial need once a student has been accepted for admission. We encourage students to explore our Quick College Cost Estimator and our affordability resources.
For detailed information on the financial aid application process, aid calculators, and more, please visit our Affordability page.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Middlebury College liberal arts education encourages students to pursue what they are most passionate about while supporting them in exploring a broad range of subjects across disciplines. Students graduate with much more than a degree; they leave Middlebury conscientious citizens able to think critically, communicate their ideas (possibly in another language), and connect across difference, skills that will serve them well no matter what community they become a part of or which professional field they choose. From the moment students matriculate, our Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) assists with every step of their internships and job searches, keeps them connected with our global network of Midd alumni, and remains a resource for them long after they have graduated.
We are deeply committed to creating a diverse, welcoming community with full and equal participation for all individuals and groups. First and foremost, our goal in Admissions is always to bring the most academically talented and diverse (in all senses of the word) class of students as possible to campus. Our students come from all 50 states and over 70 countries (international students make up about 12 percent of our student population). Our class profile provides an overview of our incoming class.
We have offices on campus dedicated to fostering the diverse experience of our students. The Anderson Freeman Resource Center (AFC) provides resources and programming that encourage the holistic development of Middlebury’s increasingly diverse undergraduate students as they attain their goals of academic achievement and personal growth while exploring and sustaining their identities and cultures. The Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life creates opportunities for interfaith dialogue and fosters respect for the religious beliefs and practices of the people who make up the Middlebury community. The International Student and Scholar Services Office works with international students to ensure that they can work, study, or conduct research in Middlebury’s many programs on campus and around the globe.
Q Is there a recommended course of study to help high school students be competitive in Middlebury’s admissions process?
We look at every student in the context of their school and the academic opportunities provided to them. Middlebury does not have a specific set of courses that we require students to take in high school. Generally, we like to see two things: 1) that students are challenging themselves by taking advantage of the most rigorous courses available to them, and 2) that students take five “solids” (English, math, social studies, a lab science, and a language) every year for four years.
Early Decision (ED) is binding at Middlebury, so we advise students who know beyond a doubt that Middlebury is their dream school to think about applying via the Early Decision option (note that the deadline for ED1 is November 15 and for ED2 is January 1). If a student does not know for sure where they wish to attend college, and/or if they would like to have the opportunity to compare admission offers and financial aid packages across different schools, then they should apply Regular Decision (the deadline is January 1). Middlebury has been consistent over the past several years in admitting roughly half of our incoming class via the two rounds of Early Decision combined.
Q Will the number of students who have taken a gap year due to COVID-19 affect my student’s likelihood of being admitted to the Class of 2025?
Middlebury has long supported the idea of a gap year (in fact, in addition to our belief in the benefits of the gap year, we offer a February admission program, which provides students with a gap semester). In a typical year, we see roughly 3 or 4 percent of the incoming class take a full gap year. While more students have chosen to defer their Middlebury enrollment this year due to COVID-19, the number of students on a gap year who will join the Class of 2025 is still well under 10 percent of the class. Given that we see annual fluctuations in application numbers, we do not anticipate that the number of deferring students will have a significantly more substantial impact on our selectivity than we would typically see given those normal fluctuations.