We’re grateful for your trusted partnership with your students, supporting and guiding them over their high school years—especially through their college search and application process. We know that your assistance and advice are invaluable to students in a process that can be overwhelming; we hope that the information on this page provides you with resources that will be useful in your ongoing work.
Middlebury’s Admissions Process
Middlebury reviews applications on a holistic basis, taking a variety of factors into account. Academic achievement, potential for contributions to the Middlebury community, and engagement with concepts core to Middlebury’s mission are major topics of discussion as our admissions committee reviews applications. We emphasize the academic record, rigor of classes, activities and responsibilities, and the personal essay in our evaluations.
Middlebury is Committed to Affordability and Accessibility
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.
Fee waivers are easily available in the Common Application process and automatically applied in the QuestBridge Application process.
News and Updates
Middlebury will release information on Slate.org beginning with the 2023-24 application cycle. You will be able to view application checklists, upload documents, and see released admissions decisions. (Please note that until a student has viewed their admissions decision via their Middlebury applicant portal, you will only see “decided.”)
You can create an account by visiting Slate.org and clicking the registration link on the top toolbar. You may be pre-approved for a Slate.org account if you have submitted school report data through the Common App.
For each school or organization, one account will be designated to manage permissions and control the portal components that you plan to use. The main account will also be able to approve additional accounts linked to your school.
If you do not currently make visit opportunities available through a platform like RepVisits or SCOIR, you may want to consider opening visit registration through slate.org so that college representatives can come to your school!
Please see the Middlebury general counsel’s page for more information about the recent Harvard and UNC cases and how Middlebury is responding to changes brought about by the decision. We remain committed to bringing students from a variety of backgrounds to our student body.
Middlebury is proud to announce our new partnership with QuestBridge. The QuestBridge National College Match helps high-achieving, low-income high school seniors gain admission and a full four-year financial aid package to some of the nation’s most selective colleges.
Frequently Asked Questions
Middlebury is test-optional, and a student’s decision about whether to submit SAT or ACT scores will not impact their candidacy for admission. The Middlebury admissions team will only consider test scores if the student chooses to submit them. Approximately half of Middlebury’s applicants and half of Middlebury’s accepted students over the past three years have submitted test scores. If students decide to submit test scores, we welcome self-reported tests for application evaluation.
No, Middlebury does not track demonstrated interest. Although, we encourage students to engage with us in some way (by emailing their admissions counselor, participating in online or in-person visits, interviewing, etc) in order to learn more about the college. We recognize that students may have varying levels of opportunity to engage with the college search process; we consider virtual engagement just as valid as in-person visits or connections.
Middlebury offers a variety of remote options to connect with us, including virtual information sessions. Current students are also always willing to talk with prospective applicants to give them a student perspective.
Documents can be submitted through the Common App, Naviance, Parchment, or slate.org - if you need to submit a document in a way not listed here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can assist you.
Early Decision (ED) is binding at Middlebury. We advise students who know beyond a doubt that Middlebury is their top choice to consider applying via the Early Decision option (note that the deadline for ED1 is November 1 and for ED2 is January 3).
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 3). 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.
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 who applies 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 that students are challenging themselves by taking advantage of the most rigorous courses available to them, and that students take five “solids” (English, math, social studies, a lab science, and a language) every year for four years.
A Middlebury College liberal arts and sciences education encourages students to pursue what they are most passionate about while supporting them in exploring a broad range of subjects across disciplines. Our 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. Middlebury graduates are in high demand: more than 96% of our most recent graduating class was either employed, in graduate school, or on a fellowship six months after graduation.
Connect with Middlebury
Let us know how we can help you best support students as they learn about Middlebury and navigate the college search process.
You can also reach us by phone at 802-443-3000 and by email.
If you would like to include Middlebury at an upcoming college fair that you are hosting, please send fair information and invitations to our college fairs coordinator at email@example.com
College Admissions Events
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.