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Virtual Information Session

Attend an information session at your convenience! Hear all about Middlebury from Admissions Senior Fellow Jack Goldfield ’20 in this 30-minute video.

Hi everybody. My name is Jack Goldfield and I’m a senior fellow here at the Admissions house at Middlebury college. A little bit about myself before we get started. I am an international and global studies major focusing on Latin America. I do speak Spanish and Portuguese. Additionally, I served as a senator on our Student Government Association for three years. I was on the sailing team my junior year and I’ve also been involved in a number of student publications on campus as well as have worked at language tables.

Before we really get started, I do wanna give you a brief outline of what this presentation is going to look like, so we’ll start off talking about Vermont, right? Because to best understand Middlebury, you have to understand our geographic location and how that impacts life on campus. And then we’ll talk about what your life here at Middlebury will look like going through our four-one-four calendar starting in the summer before you ever even arrive at Middlebury. Then talking about four courses you’ll take in the fall semester, one that you’ll take during the month of January, and four in the spring, and then we’ll end up talking about research, job, and internship opportunities after graduation.

So let’s do just that and start talking about Vermont. I remember coming from Tampa, Florida, I had all these preconceptions about what Vermont meant, right? What it meant to be a Vermonter. And so words that immediately came to mind were “cold.” The first time I visited Middlebury was in March of my sophomore year in high school, and I was this kid coming from Tampa, right? I had this light jacket on and jeans. Those were my warmest clothes, and I stepped out of the car and I said, Wow, this place is beautiful. But let’s tour it from inside the car, right? Additionally, I thought that Vermont was all cows, right? There are five cows to every one human being in the state of Vermont. I learned that Vermont has the most Subarus per capita of any state in the country, and a really fun one is Vermont has the most artisanal cheese makers per capita, right? We have these facts that we’re super proud of here in Vermont. But on a more serious note, Vermont was actually its own country before becoming part of the United States. It was the 14th state to join the Union, right? After the first after the original 13, and I think that that really describes the spirit of the Vermonters. Vermonter is independent and forward thinking, and we see that primarily in the causes of social justice and environmental justice, and that’s not just at the state level; that’s here at Middlebury as well. In fact, a few years ago, Middlebury became carbon neutral in 2016 and on top of that carbon neutral initiative, Middlebury has signed onto a commitment of Energy2028, in which Middlebury has decided that by 2028 Middlebury will be entirely divested from fossil fuels as well as operate on entirely renewable energies.

Middlebury was founded in 1800 with three buildings, known on campus as Old Stone Row. In those buildings, Middlebury housed students, right? Students ate together, they lived together. There was these small faculty-to-student ratios, which created this really intimate learning environment. And we were founded as the town’s college, not the college’s town. So we really wanted to have this seamless relationship with the greater Middlebury community. And we can really see that today, 220 years later. So even though our student body has grown exponentially to 2,500 students, we still have the same intimacy on campus and with the town.

So of course you’re going to see on any given day students going into town to go shop at stores or go into restaurants. But it’s much more than that. In fact, last year, over 75 percent of Middlebury students performed community service, which translated into over 65,000 hours of a positive difference. So what does that look like? Well, maybe you’ll see a big football player walking around campus with an elementary schooler providing guidance, advice, friendship. Or maybe the soccer team goes in on a Friday night and cooks a community dinner.

But this relationship isn’t a one-way street. In fact, a lot of the members of the town are very involved in the Middlebury community as well. And we see this in a number of ways. So at many of our sporting events, for example; you’ll have a lot of the members of the town being the most adamant supporters of our sports teams. But I think an example that is much more prominent than this comes in our lectures. Middlebury gets some fantastic guest lecturers to come to campus on any given year. And most of those lectures are not just open to Middlebury students, but the public as well. So I remember a few years ago there was this talk given by Ken Burns. He came to give a lecture on his new documentary on the Vietnam War, and he packed this auditorium, right? And I would say half of the people there were students and the other half were members of the town. And of those members of the town, many of them, they themselves were Vietnam War veterans. So think about how fully immersive of a learning environment that is. You have students at Middlebury learning about the Vietnam War. A guest lecture teaching about the Vietnam War and people who were actually in the Vietnam War. All there, sharing with one another, learning from one another.

Let’s talk a little bit about what your experience at Middlebury will look like, and your experience at Middlebury starts before you ever even arrive on campus. You’ll get a few really important emails from the College, the first of which is talking to you entirely about orientation week. Orientation week is a week that first-years have on campus almost exclusively to themselves prior to classes starting. During this time, first-years have an opportunity to really orient themselves with college life and they’ll participate in a number of activities, one of which is signing the honor code.

The honor code at Middlebury is something that’s very important. And when you sign that honor code, you’re saying, I am going to respect myself and respect the community around me. So what does that look like? It means that at Middlebury, almost all, if not all, of your exams will be unproctored. In fact, the professor will administer the exam, say, I’m trusting you not to use your notes, not to use your textbooks, and leave the room, then come back to pick them up at the end of the class period. Otherwise, a professor will give you the exam and say, I’m administering this exam on Monday, take it home, do it in your dorms, do it in the library, and bring it to me back on Thursday.

And now maybe a bit more fun aspect of this orientation week is your MiddView trip. MiddView trip is a three-day excursion that all first-years go on Friday morning and then returning Sunday evening right before courses start. And this trip can really, really range in what it looks like. In fact, in this email you’ll get a list of probably 40 or 50 different options of what your MiddView trip will be. And so maybe you’re super into those artisanal cheese makers; you can go and explore Vermont’s culinary scene. Or maybe you’re really into politics; you could explore Vermont’s surprisingly robust political scene. Or you can be like me and come from a state where our largest mountain’s a speed bump, and decide, “Hey, I’m gonna go and try to hike those Green Mountains.”

And so that’s exactly what I did. And I thought this trip was so special because not only was it led by a current Middlebury sophomore, junior, senior who had already gone through part of this Middlebury experience and wanted to share their advice with us, but it also brought together so many different people on campus that perhaps would have never otherwise met. In fact, I remember on my MiddView trip I was placed with people from different parts of the country, different parts of the world, different academic interests, live in different parts of campus, and to this day, because we spent those three days hiking together, we still talk to one another. In fact, one of my good friends from that trip also works here in the Admissions house.

And so that’s a really important email, but then you’re also going to get another one that’s talking to you entirely about your first-year seminar. Your first-year seminar is a critical writing and reading course that all first-years are required to take in their first semester on campus. And even though all first-years are required to take this course, not all of those courses are the same. So maybe you really love women in Shakespeare. Well, you can take a critical writing course on women in Shakespeare. Maybe you’re super into infectious diseases; then you can take a critical reading course on infectious diseases. Or you can do what I did, which was come to college in the fall of 2016 and take America’s Constitutional Democracy.

And what’s super cool about all of these first-year seminars is not only is everybody in your class also a first-year and you’re going through the shared experience together, but the professor of that course is also your academic advisor until you declare a major. Now, that’s something that I didn’t realize how important it was until I got to Middlebury and saw that I already had a face to a name. There was somebody that I could go to whether I had questions about academic happenings, or extracurriculars, or even things happening outside of Middlebury.

And so as I mentioned, my course was America’s Constitutional Democracy. And I remember everybody was trying to make this really great first impression with our professor, right? We were doing these super dense readings on Alexis de Tocqueville and John Locke and John Stuart Mill, and everybody was doing them super thoroughly. We had these robust conversations in class because we wanted to make this great first impression. But I remember a few weeks into that first semester, conversation in class had maybe died down a little bit. And our professor, he was a smart guy, he realized this. So he walked into class on a Tuesday morning with a piece of paper, and on that piece of paper he had a list of the 15 most controversial topics in the United States at the time. And he gave that piece of paper to every single student in the classroom. And he said, I want you to tell me what you think about this, and I want you to tell me what our authors would have thought of this. And I think immediately alliances were formed and enemies were made, right? We had these truly academic differences with one another that we were basing in the text, and even though by the end of the class when I think students were ready to flip tables, we all still went to lunch together. And after going to lunch together, we went back to our dorms together.

And why is that is because Middlebury has these living-learning communities called academic clusters, right? In these housing clusters, you live with everybody that’s in your first-year seminar. So you’re able to bring these academic conversations outside of the classroom, and that facilitates friendships as well. And within these living-learning communities, we have a great support structures. So you’ll have a first-year counselor on your hall, for example, that again as a Middlebury, sophomore, junior, senior who’s there to just provide you guidance, help answer any questions. I remember my first day on campus, I had no idea how to print. So like 10 o’clock at night, my FYC had the dorm right across the hall from mine. I was, Charlie, can you help tell me how to print, right? And he was there for me to show me how to print.

We also have Commons deans, and these deans will probably reach out to you in your first few weeks of your first year to say, “What can I do to make your Middlebury experienced better? How can I support you?” And what’s so great about that is even if you’re living in a completely different part of campus as I am now, four years later, that dean remains your dean for the entirety of your time while here on campus. And we do have, we are a residential college, and most students will actually live on dorms for the duration of their stay here.

But Middlebury still encourages students to explore more unique housing options. And so while I elected to live in a dorm with my friends all four years, some students will really be into food sustainability, so they can apply to live in the food sustainability social house. Or maybe you’re really into community service; we have a community service social house. Or maybe you love making granola and driving your Subaru into the mountains. You can join the outdoorsy social house.

And of course we have our language houses. So maybe you’re in your second year of German class and you’ve decided that two hours of German class a day plus German language tables where you’re only speaking German at lunch and two hours of German homework a day, that’s just not enough German for you. You can apply to live in the German language house where when you go home at night, you’ll exclusively be speaking German while in that house.

Now, I also want to talk a little bit about extracurricular opportunities at Middlebury because I think that that’s a very, very important part of your experience here at the College. At Middlebury, we have over 200 clubs and organizations that are available to 2,500 students. Think about how impressive that is for a second with a student population as small as that and having so many clubs accessible to them and these clubs, of course you’ll find many of them at any institution. We have a debate team, a model United Nations team, a cappella groups, improv groups, dance groups. But what makes it so special is that these student groups tend to be open to everybody.

Now I wanna talk a little bit about January term or, as we Midd Kids call it, J-term. J-term is a really special time on campus in which Middlebury students are only taking one course, and this course really allows students to pursue academic interests that perhaps they’ve always wanted to but maybe never had the chance to previously. So perhaps you’re a physics major, but you’ve always been interested in historical diplomacy. Then you can take a course on adversaries and allies, diplomacy during World War II and Vietnam. Or maybe you’re a physics major and you really want to get a course that’s required for your major out of the way during the month of January. You can do that too. And even though you’re only taking one course during the month of January, that course is actually still meeting for the same amount of class hours as any other course would be during the fall or the spring semester. So maybe instead of meeting for an hour and 15 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you’re meeting for three hours between Monday and Thursday. And even though we have these super cool courses, right, it’s actually still allowing you to pursue a lot of contrast outside of the classroom as well. That’s why we say the J-term is Middlebury’s way of embracing the winter.

And so for me, again, coming from Florida, that was an opportunity to learn how to ski. Middlebury has its own College-owned ski area and so I took the bus up that’s paid for by the student government, so it’s completely free for me, to our ski area and learn how to Alpine ski for the month of January during my first year. Now I’m a bit sad that the snow is melted because it’s an amazing pastime here at the College, but maybe not everybody wants to spend their time outdoors during January here at the College. And a lot of students understand that.

So in addition to this course work, there were also a lot of individual workshops that are taught by other students to allow students to explore new interests, right? So we have students, for example, who speak Korean on campus, but Korean isn’t offered as a language of Middlebury throughout the academic year, just during the summer programs. So they’ll teach a course on Korean. There’s a student on campus who’s great at repairing iPhones. So he will teach a course on iPhone repair during the month of January. It’s also a really, really great recruiting time for the logrolling team. For some reason a bunch of people head into the natatorium during the month of January and learn how to logroll.

So there are just endless opportunities that we have for J-term, and now you’re not required to be on campus for all four J-terms, just your first J-term and one of the other three. With that said, however, most students elect to spend all four J-terms at Middlebury because it is such a special time. Even so, many courses will actually travel for their J-term, and so this past year alone we had courses that went to the Bahamas, there were student groups in Guatemala, student groups in India, student groups in Ghana. So even though we have this J-term in Middlebury, Vermont, we still are connected to the rest of the world.

And what the end of J-term marks the beginning of Febs. Febs are a group of about 100 students that arrive in February as opposed to September. And now they arrive on campus the week after J-term, in which most students who are on break, and they have an opportunity to go through their own orientation program. At Middlebury we say we do everything twice. So Febs that are arriving in February, they also go through, as I mentioned, this orientation week, they will sign the honor code, they are placed into a housing cluster, they have a first-year seminar, they can go on their own orientation trip.

And so these students, as I said, they arrived in February, but they have so many unique and exciting opportunities and experiences because they arrived in February and had their last semester off. We call it a Febmester. And during this Febmester, they’ve done a number of exciting things. There’s no exact prescription as to what Febs have to do in their Febmester. So some students will travel, some students will work. Students have stayed at home and made dolls for local children’s hospitals.

A lot of people have questions about the Febs, one of which is being integrated with the rest of campus, right, as they are arriving in February and 650 students arriving in September. I say that I like to describe Middlebury students as intellectually curious. So as excited as you are to arrive at Middlebury in September and meet your 650 classmates through January, you’re equally, if not more, excited to meet all of these 100 new Febs that just arrived on campus, that have these super unique stories to tell. Furthermore, because of the way that housing is, because Febs are occupying the dorms of Febs who’ve just graduated or juniors who are studying abroad, not only do they tend to have really great dorms, they are also kind of spread throughout campus, which is automatically encouraging them to be socializing with everybody.

Now because Febs arrive in February, that also means they have to graduate in February. And I think this is one of the coolest traditions that we have at Middlebury, where after graduating at Mead Chapel, all of the Febs go up to the Middlebury Snow Bowl and they ski, snowboard, walk down in their cap and gown, celebrating the fact that they just graduated.

Whether you want to be Feb, that is considered after the admissions committee has already made a decision regarding your application. So on your common app, there are three questions. One is saying, “I prefer to be a Feb,” yes or no. One is saying, “I prefer to be a September admit,” yes or no. And one is saying “I have no preference. I’d love to come to Middlebury either way.” And Middlebury only takes that into consideration after having made your admissions decision. Furthermore, a lot of Febs have really great opportunities getting jobs postgraduation because they are entering the job market at a time in which most students are not, right, as most students are graduating in May or June.

Now I’d like to talk a little bit about the spring semester and in the spring semester I really highlight Middlebury’s study abroad programs. You can study abroad in both semesters, and in fact there is pretty much equal distribution of study abroad students between the fall and the spring. Sixty percent of Middlebury students study abroad, 50 percent of them go on a Middlebury-sponsored program. Middlebury has 38 programs in 17 different countries and, with the exception of Oxford and Delhi, all of these programs are entirely in a language other than English.

And from the moment that you arrive in this country, you will speaking a different language. Middlebury has a Language Pledge, and when you sign that you’re saying, “I am exclusively going to speak this language except when I am communicating with parents,” for example, and I didn’t realize how real that was until I myself went abroad in the spring of 2019. I went to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and from the moment my plane touched down, I was speaking entirely in Portuguese. I attended a university with 50,000 Brazilian students and there was only me and one other student on the Middlebury program there with us. And so of course that sounds daunting at first, but what was so great for me was knowing that even though there were just two of us in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, we still had the full support of Middlebury behind us.

In fact, Middlebury had a faculty and staff member there in Belo Horizonte with us making sure that everything was going to go seamlessly. She would sponsor travel programs for us. She would make sure that we got a phone plan. She would make sure that we were registering for courses properly. If we needed medical care, she was the immediate contact to turn to. And I think that that was so great about Middlebury is that even though we were so far away from our Middlebury home, we still had somebody there with us. And that is the case for Middlebury Schools Abroad as a whole.

As I mentioned, 50 percent of Middlebury students study abroad on Middlebury programs and 50 percent elect to go on other programs. So maybe you really wanna study abroad in South Africa or in Australia. Then Middlebury’s Study Abroad office has over 100 preapproved programs and you can go to the Study Abroad office, find one of those programs that will transfer rather seamlessly so that you can still study in that country. With Middlebury programs, financial aid has to travel seamlessly with non-Middlebury programs. It also tends to travel well. But you work with Student Financial Services as well as the Study Abroad office to ensure that happens.

It’s also important to mention that Middlebury is a liberal arts and sciences institution. In fact, over one third of Middlebury students are STEM majors and we can really see that in the research opportunities that we have in the sciences here on campus. I know that I said I wouldn’t talk too much about the liberal arts experience, but I think that this really does drive it home. How important that it is to have professors that are focused entirely upon the student body. In fact, one of my closest friends here at the College knew that he wanted to do research before ever even arriving his first year. So he sent an email to a biology professor and said, Hi, this is my name, I’m an incoming first-year and I was curious if you had any research opportunities. The professor, without ever having met the student, responded and said, Actually, yeah, I do. Stop by my office when you’re on campus and let’s see if we can work something out. He got on campus and five minutes after talking to this professor, he had a research opportunity in the sciences that he was able to carry out, not just throughout the academic year but into the summer as well.

Furthermore, Middlebury has its own research vessel on Lake Champlain, which students are able to go out with faculty and do different research on the lake, which I think is such a cool opportunity that students are really able to explore their own backyard here in Vermont. Research, however, is not exclusive to the sciences. I myself, for example, wrote a thesis in my fall semester as well as J-term and I had the opportunity to apply for funding from the College to travel to access different archives in order to write my thesis, which was on resilient American relations between 1943 and 1964. Fascinating, I know.

Many students will explore internship opportunities throughout the country and world throughout their summers. Students, for example, have interned at the Fed. Some students have gone to Washington, D.C., to intern at think tanks. Others have interned in finance in New York city. Or you can do what I did, which was intern with a local law firm here in Vermont. And Middlebury recognizes that many of these internship opportunities are unpaid or underpaid, and so the College has a fund that students can apply to to get funding for their internships, and many of these internships then are turned into jobs.

I remember the one question that my parents asked at every single info session was, will my son be employed when he graduates from your institution? And at Middlebury, I like to say that the answer is yes. You can see the statistics online and they’re rather impressive, and you can see that a number of students go directly into communications. Middlebury doesn’t have a communications major. A number of students also go into finance. Middlebury doesn’t have a finance major. This really just goes to show that no matter what you’re studying at Middlebury, you truly are prepared for anything that life throws at you after graduation. Ninety-four percent of Middlebury students that apply to medical school are accepted, which is very impressive given the national average hovers around 40 percent. Coincidentally, 94 percent of Middlebury students that apply to law school are also accepted.

But sometimes I do believe that stories can speak louder than numbers. And so I want to give a few brief examples of what some Middlebury alumns have done postgraduation. The first of which is Stephen Hauschka. Stephen Hauschka came to Middlebury as a neuroscience major and a soccer player, and he is now the kicker for the Buffalo Bills. Prior to that he was on the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl–winning team as their kicker. And a funny story here is during the Super Bowl, the players all do their talking heads, right? And so it came his time. He said Stephen Hauschka, Middlebury college, and when he said that, Middlebury’s Google searches spiked, and they actually got so many hits on their website that the website crashed. So Stephen Hauschka, thank you for the shout-out. We appreciate it. Koby Altman is another great example. He’s the current general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he was a sociology major here at Middlebury. And what’s so cool about Koby Altman is he still keeps very close relations and contact with the College. Anaïs Mitchell. She is the writer and director of HadestownHadestown is a musical on Broadway. And she was a political science major here at the College. And a few years ago she came back. I wasn’t here for it. And she performed some songs and she said, “Please don’t judge me for this. I don’t think the songs are that good. I’m just kind of messing around.” And last year she won eight Tony awards for Hadestown. And then finally we have Mark Gordon. Mark Gordon’s the current governor of Wyoming, that’s all I know about Mark Gordon. But hey, you too could become the current governor of Wyoming if you go to Middlebury.

And so I want to finish up talking about why I chose Middlebury. I remember, as I mentioned, this very cold day in March visiting Middlebury and the moment that I stepped foot on campus, I thought it was one of the most beautiful colleges that I had seen, and that immediately piqued my interest, and I did some more research and was able to come back after Middlebury spring break to do an official campus tour, and I truly fell in love with it. I saw how the student body, everybody wants to be successful, but nobody wants to be successful at the expense of another. Everybody is really trying to bring one another up and be supportive.

I loved the fact that Middlebury had such reputable language programs. I knew that that was something that I wanted to continue in college and I’m so happy that I’ve taken advantage of that opportunity. And then really the most important thing to me were the small class sizes. That seemed to me like the perfect natural progression for my high school education and I saw that it would allow me to not just develop my own opinion, but to be able to defend it. I say that at Middlebury, everybody has a passion, and they encourage you to pursue your passion, and they also encourage you to learn about theirs.

And so ever since I’ve been here, I’ve explored so many different subjects, so many different, not just academic categories, but extracurricular ones that I never thought I would have pursued because that’s what Middlebury students encourage you to do. And it’s gotten me so far outside of my comfort zone. And that’s what’s made me the person that I am today.

Now, one last note regarding financial aid, because I think this speaks very highly to the priorities of Middlebury as an institution. Middlebury is one of only 28 colleges and universities across the country that is completely need-blind for the domestic applicants and meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need. Thank you so much for tuning in. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or to anybody else in the admissions house. We’re always happy to chat.

A view of the student union in Winter, early evening

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Our interactive map allows you to tour campus virtually. Find academic buildings, dorms, athletic facilities, and more. Plus see street view images of places around campus.

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Middlebury College Video Campus Tour

Take a tour across Middlebury’s campus, guided by students who share their experiences and insights as to what learning and living at Middlebury is like.

Welcome to Middlebury College. Middlebury is located in Central Vermont, in the heart of the Champlain Valley. From here you can see the Adirondack Mountains to the west and the Green Mountains to the east, and our beautiful rural setting is part of what makes our campus community so strong. We are going to give you a brief look into what life is like here at Middlebury by offering you an abbreviated tour of campus. Hopefully, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of what life is like for students here at Middlebury. Axinn Center for literary and cultural studies is home to our film and media culture, history, English, and American literature, and American studies departments. This is our newest academic building on campus, and it’s actually unique because it was constructed around our old Starr Library. Students from all different departments love to come to Axinn to study in this gorgeous and relaxing atmosphere. Some of the student favorites are the Reading Room and the Abernathy Room, though this entire building offers great locations for students to be able to complete their work.

The Davis Family Library serves as the main library on Middlebury’s campus. Davis houses over 1.1 million volumes throughout its three main floors. Middlebury participates in an inter-library loan system with other college libraries, so you can get any texts that you need. The technology help desk in Davis is the place to go for any tech issue that you encounter at Middlebury. The workers there provide support for both Macs and PCs free of charge. The Center for Teaching Learning and Research, or the CTLR for short, is also located within Davis. The CTLR is a free on-campus tutoring resource that Middlebury offers for nearly every subject. Whether it’s to study, get help, or just relax, Davis is a central part of every student’s life on campus.

Ross Dining Hall is one of our three dining halls on campus. It is opened throughout the day for all meals and is home to the student-favorite midnight breakfast which takes place once a semester right before the exam period. The dining plan is unique in that all meals are prepared right here on campus rather than by an outside catering service. About a third of the food budget is used to purchase food sourced locally within a 250-mile radius of the college. Middlebury students love the dining plan because it encourages students to engage in meaningful and lively conversations. It is very common to spend quite a bit of time in the dining hall, chatting, unwinding, catching up, and of course, eating delicious food.

McCardell Bicentennial Hall, more commonly referred to as Bi Hall, is our science center and home to all of our science courses. Armstrong Library, our science library containing all of our science volumes, is here. One of Middlebury’s largest lecture halls with a max capacity of 147 students is also located in Bi Hall. The average class at Middlebury, however, is around 19 students, and even if a class is large, it is usually broken down into smaller discussion or lab sections generally capped at 15 students. These small class sizes really allow for students to be actively engaged in their learning and to develop relationships with their professors who are passionate about their students’ success.

McCullough Student Center is a hub of student social activity. McCullough is home to the student mail room where students have their own mailboxes, McCullough Social Space where we have concerts and performances throughout the year, Midd-Xpress express which is an on-campus convenience store, The Grill where students can get a variety of food items throughout the day and even late at night, and Crossroads Cafe where students can get different coffees, smoothies, and even sushi. In addition to being a center for student social life, McCullough is also home to every student’s Middlebury honor code signature. Students and professors have a mutual trust, so students take responsibility for remaining academically honest in their work during their time at Middlebury.

The Mahaney Center for the Arts is home to the music, theater, dance, and history of art and architecture departments. The center also houses three major performance bases: the black box style Seeler Studio Theater, the spacious dance theater, and the breathtaking concert hall. Our Middlebury Museum of Art, a free admission art museum, is also housed in the MCA. It has a great collection of permanent and temporary exhibits in its 6000-square-feet of gallery space. Outside of the museum, Middlebury has an art in public places initiative which buys public art fixtures and places them all across campus. No matter what your level of arts experience or exposure before coming to Middlebury, you will definitely be engaging with Mahaney Center in one way or another during your four years here.

Field House is the base for everything athletics on campus. Middlebury competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, or NESCAC, in 31 NCAA varsity men’s and women’s sports. Inside the Field House students have access to numerous spaces including Kenyon Ice Hockey Arena, an Olympic-sized natatorium, Pepin Gymnasium, and a 9200-square-foot split-level fitness center. Outside, the college boasts its own ski mountain, an 18-hole golf course, over 50 kilometers of jogging and cross-country skiing trails, as well as acres of wide-open athletic fields. Whether you’re an athlete or just an active student, Middlebury provides everyone with a wide variety of facilities to choose from.

Well, now you’ve seen our campus and everything it has to offer.

We hope it gave you good insight into what life is like here at Middlebury.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at admissions@Middlebury.edu.

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A 360-Degree Look at Art and Athletics

Take a Look into the Mahaney Arts Center

The Mahaney Arts Center is home to the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the black-box style Seeler Studio Theatre, the dance theatre, and Robison Hall, a stunning 370-seat recital hall.

Tour Middlebury’s Athletic Facilities

Middlebury’s expansive athletic facilities, which support 31 varsity sports plus club and intramural teams, are considered some of the finest in New England and include a new field house with indoor track; ice hockey arena; 18-hole public golf course; football stadium; and 18-lane swimming pool.

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We asked some current students to share their answers to some of the most common questions we hear from students like you. Here’s what they had to say.

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Life on Campus

So why did I choose Middlebury College? I came to that decision because of the students and the campus environment. I attended Preview Days before making my decision, and there was actually an event called the Moth-Up that was happening on campus, which is an event that happens throughout the year here at Middlebury, and it’s a storytelling event that gave students the opportunity to tell whatever story that they wanted, for 10 minutes. And listening to those students being extremely vulnerable, sharing hilarious stories or really emotional and personal stories, I realized that that was something I wanted to be a part of, I wanted to be a part of a very tight-knit community, one that was very open with each other. And I wanted to be able to look across campus and recognize most people and have really close bonds with those students, and I got the vibe immediately.

I chose Middlebury because when I was applying for colleges, I had a wide range of interests, as far as potential majors went. I knew that I was at least partially interested in neuroscience, which did end up being my major, but I also didn’t want to have to sacrifice my interest in graphic arts, animation, anthropology, or religion, just because I wanted to do a neuroscience or STEM-type major. Something that I really admired about Middlebury, was the fact that I could still have that breadth of study, without sacrificing any depth within any of those individual fields, I’m still in upper-level art classes, even now in my senior year, while working on my neuroscience thesis project. The ability to not only be able to balance those sorts of different fields, but also be encouraged to do so, is something that I really enjoyed about Middlebury as an institution.

I chose Middlebury because it felt like a home. A really big one, but really a home. Where students are basically just like your friends and your family and also you have staff that is super supportive and it’s always there for you, and people there are so interesting that you never feel like you can get to know them fully, and that’s the exciting part, like you just have so much opportunity to really grow, and discover yourself, and it genuinely really gives opportunities for anything that you’re interested in, and you can just dive in and discover things that you never thought you would actually end up being interested in.

I chose Midd for the environment it provided me. Every day I am surrounded by inspiring peers who are self driven, and professors who try their best to cater their teachings to meet the needs of each student. But the biggest reason I decided to attend Midd is from the very first time I stepped foot on campus to now, as a soon to be graduating senior, I have always, and probably will always, view Midd as a meditative space. Not only have I flourished academically, but also mentally. This beautiful campus gave me the space and the opportunity to turn inward and self reflect about who I am as an individual, and what I hope to contribute to myself and to society as I graduate.

When I was choosing between colleges, there were two main factors that really drew me toward Middlebury, the first was that I really wanted professors that cared about getting to know their students. I’ve definitely found that in my time at Middlebury. One example is that I work in the behavioral genetics lab here on campus, and I’ve done that since my first semester, even before I had any of the relevant course work. Because one of the professors over in the neuroscience department sat down with me during the academic forum, when I first moved on to campus, and just wanted to take a leap of faith with me, and really mentor me through the entire process. And that’s been one of the most valuable things I’ve ever done. The second thing I really wanted in a colleges is I wanted a student body that was very cooperative, and wanted to help each other rather than compete with each other. I’ve definitely found that in my time here as well. One example for that is that I spent my last summer here on campus doing again research in my research lab, but also studying for the MCAT for my medical school applications. And there were about six or seven of us that stayed on campus together, and we pooled notes, we supported each other, we asked each other questions, and anytime one of us was feeling down we would pick each other up, and that’s I think a really big reason why we not only do well but also had a great time doing it.

So to start off, I knew having a close-knit relationship with my fellow student body, with professors and faculty members was very important to me, so I knew going to a liberal arts college was certainly a priority, and I think Middlebury has a really strong science program. McCardell Bicentennial Hall, our awesome science building, my favorite building on campus, and our neuroscience program here, not only includes courses in biology, chemistry, psychology departments, but also within the philosophy department, so I really love the holistic approach to education here at Midd, and I love that it encourages students to go outside of their comfort zone, try something new, and to have the ability to dabble in various academic departments here is something I’ve really loved, especially as a premed student and as a science major.

So to start off, we are a mid-sized school with a total of about 2,500 students, and I think that’s the perfect size to be able to feel that close, tight-knit sense of community right here on campus but still know that you can meet new people in your various classes and dining halls and your extracurriculars throughout your entire four years, and I love telling people that I made friends my senior year that I didn’t even know existed during my four years here at Midd, so it’s certainly possible to meet new people throughout your entire journey here at Middlebury College. And I also want to touch upon being in Vermont. I think it’s a really special place to root the values and the ideals of what it means to be a Middlebury College student, and when I first drove through Vermont I remember, you know, just being blown away by how gorgeous the state was. The really beautiful mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and I think being surrounded by such a beautiful environment really encourages a love for the environment by our student body, and certainly an awareness where we want to be able to take care of it. And so in the year 2016, Middlebury College announced that it had achieved carbon neutrality, which means that we cut our carbon emissions by 40 percent, and that’s something that our student body is still actively working towards. The renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben, who’s also a professor here at Midd, started 350.org with a group of Middlebury students, and the president of our college has recently pledged that by the year 2028, we will be a school where there are absolutely no fossil fuels here on campus, so there will be 100 percent clean, renewable energy resources that are being used here, which is really exciting, and so I think that speaks to the way that, you know, Middlebury students are actively looking for ways to collaborate with one another, with faculty members, and with our community in order to improve not just our Middlebury campus, but also the world at large.

I think there’s a lot of richness and learning that comes from living with somebody in a small space for an entire year, really. For example, my roommate was from China. There was a lot of cultures and traditions, and foods, that I was exposed to, that I feel like maybe otherwise I wouldn’t have, had I not been in that living situation with him. I just do want to mention that there’s a lot of support in case anything does go wrong, which is probably gonna be very rare, whether that be your first-year counselors, or your RAs or even your deans. There’s a lot of people put in place, in case something does go wrong. So this was my first year here dorming at Middlebury. And I’m just very excited for all the options that come next year, whether that be social houses, substance-free living, or quiet-zone areas. I’m just really looking forward to just building more connections and learning from more people throughout my daily routines really.

So how inclusive is the Middlebury community? And in my opinion, Middlebury not only does a phenomenal job of representing students from all different backgrounds and cultures, but making sure those students feel included within the student body. And this is the case because Middlebury has a lot of phenomenal resources available to students from underrepresented communities. One of those resources we have is the Anderson Freeman Resource Center which is a space on campus for students from underrepresented communities to exist and share their experiences amongst each other, amongst students from similar backgrounds, as well as offering different workshops and resources throughout the year. Additionally, we have a social house on campus that highlights the diversity of our student body by putting on events throughout the year, basically every week. And finally, we have a program called First @ Midd, which offers first-generation students the opportunity to come to campus a week early and listen to the experiences of past students and share their own experiences and hopes for the next four years. And so, it really has just been such a privilege to be among such a diverse student body at Middlebury College.

We have a very vast sporting community at Midd, so we’re host to 31 different NCAA Division III teams, and we’re actually host to 35 NCAA National Championships, which is pretty impressive, if you ask me. But there are a whole wealth of other sports to get involved in as well. So we have a really broad intramural sports scene, but we also have a really broad club sports scene as well. So for example, we have a club rugby team, and also a club crew team, which are both really competitive. For example, club crew competed at the Head of the Charles in the fall, which is one of the most world renowned races in the entire world, and our club team participated in that race. But there really are so many different things to get involved in, and the community atmosphere of sport at Middlebury is really vibrant. There’s so much to get involved in and watch. I remember one of my memories, I’m on the varsity women’s tennis team, and I was serving out for the match, and I looked up to the hill, and my whole first-year hall was there cheering me on. And that really is the atmosphere that we have at Middlebury. We’re part of the New England Small Colleges Conference, so the NESCAC, as well. So yeah, I hope that gave you a little more information on the sport here.

The arts are basically woven into everything we do as students, but also we have a lot of buildings that really show Middlebury’s commitment to art and having spaces for students to really express, and to really dive into the arts as they would want to and have that opportunity. So we have the MAC, which is the Middlebury Arts Center where there’s performing arts events every single week. And then we have different people that are invited onto campus and just like, perform different types of art. But also you can go to the museum there, or you can go to the Zoo, and then there are a lot of plays there, and students doing their own thesis, for example their art thesis. And then we have the Wright Memorial Theatre, where there is another space for theater, and students are constantly coming up with their own spaces and their own ways of really expressing themselves and finding ways to share their art and their love for art, and that’s definitely one of my favorite things, but if you also want to commit to it, you can also major in architecture, or studio art, or minor in them. Or if you’re just curious like me and you wanna take classes in those departments just out of curiosity, they are great spaces, and very welcoming and definitely the arts are very, very much something that is part of our school spirit and very much a part of what we’re surrounded by at Middlebury.

It’s kind of hard to pick a favorite spot on campus. We’re a pretty tight-knit community, but our campus is really spread out, so there’s a lot of great space between our buildings. You can really see some beautiful mountain views from walking around the campus. Some pretty popular cool spots on campus include the greenhouse and Bi-Hall, which is our science building. There’s a greenhouse up on the fifth floor or so where students will go and do work. Labs happen there, but people like to hang out there and take in the sun along with the plants. Another really cool one is the observatory which is on the roof of Bi-Hall. They hold open observatory nights a couple times every semester usually where you can go up and look at the stars through our 24-inch telescope, and people who work up there will help show you what you’re looking at so you can see some pretty cool stuff in the sky up there. I used to go up there a lot when I was on campus last summer. Some other favorite ones of mine include the Knoll, which is where our organic garden is. I think it’s the best place to watch the sunset. As well as Atwater Dining Hall, which is my favorite dining hall on campus where I’ll go and sit for hours in the morning, do some work, get breakfast, get lunch, and also in Axinn, our humanities center. There’s a waterfall on a stone wall and I really like to sit along the windows and look out on the quad and listen to the waterfall while I’m doing my homework.

In terms of food options on campus, we have three dining halls that students who live on campus are able to go in and out of as many times as they’d like during operating hours. We also have a few retail options for food. We have the Grille, Crossroads Café and Midd Xpress, which are all in our student center. And we also have Wilson Café, which is in our library, so you don’t have to go too far if you find yourself getting hungry for something to eat, like a bagel or a coffee while you are studying or working in the library, which is great. We also spend about a third of all of our budget for food on local food produced here in the state of Vermont, and even within Addison County. So pretty much all of our dairy, a lot of our meat, come from our neighbors just down the road. And we’re also able to eat some of the food that we grow right here on campus at our organic farm.

The College provides a lot of resources for us to make the most of our time at Middlebury. I’m a really active member of the club tennis team, as an example. There’s a couple dozen members, but it only became a College-recognized organization about two years ago. But since then the College has given us a lot of funding for ice cream socials, doubles tournaments all over campus, students-versus-faculty events, a lot of really fun activities. I also really love attending a lot of student performances all over campus. I also have a lot of friends in a cappella groups. I also really love attending the Middlebury Discount Comedy group shows, which is the College’s comedy sketch group. But one of my favorite things to do on campus is to attend a lot of the traditions that we have, including one that just passed in February, the Winter Carnival. During one of the ski races during the Winter Carnival, hundreds of Middlebury students climb up the Middlebury Snow Bowl, watch the ski races, and then slide down just in boots and shoes to the base lodge where there’s hot chocolate and chili waiting.

The Academic Experience

So at Middlebury, the average class size is around 18 students, so a lotta classes that you take will be a lot smaller than that. I actually had a one-person class at Middlebury, I’ve a had three-person class at Middlebury, and those will stay open with professors. But if you’re in a larger class, it’ll split up into discussion sections or lab sections, since all of our classes are taught entirely by professors, not teaching assistants or anyone similar. You get to see that professor in maybe a bigger environment and also a smaller environment. So obviously I’m really close with the professors that I had a one-person class with or a three-person class with, but I also got really close with professors of larger classes. So one of my favorite professors at Midd, Professor Febe Armanios in the History Department, I have three classes with her, and every single one has been pretty large by Middlebury standards, probably around 30 students each. But because of splitting up into discussion sections, going to see her at office hours, just talking to her when I see her around, she’s become one of my best friends at Middlebury College and writes all my recommendation letters for my jobs going out of senior year. So it’s one of the people that I’m actually saddest to say goodbye to, and we never actually had super small classes together. So definitely you’ll get to know your professors no matter what, whether you’re into larger classes or smaller classes or whatever department you may be studying in.

The Innovation Hub is one of our experiential learning centers on campus where you can engage in all sorts of projects, propose your own, and also apply for various funding and mentorship programs where you can learn what exactly it is you want to do in the larger world outside of Middlebury. They also help organize lots of events on campus, like our Oratory Now programs, which help you learn how to have better public speaking skills, as well as various fun activities throughout the year, whether that be talks, our yearly scavenger hunt, called The Hunt, or various other events throughout the year that are constantly changing because students are the ones who get to help propose what exactly happens.

So at Middlebury, we have a super interesting calendar system. So, we have a 4-1-4 calendar system, which means we have four classes in the fall, four classes in the spring, and then during our winter term, or our January term, or J-term, we only take one class. And this is a really great time to take classes in things that you might not take during the general semester. And I’ve taken everything from a super intense, eight-hour-day EMT workshop to a super interesting Global Health class that only met two hours a day, four days a week. And so this is a really great time to explore things you might not be able to explore when you’re taking classes for your major or minor or your distribution requirements and things like that. And then outside of that opportunity to take a class in something that you’re interested in and focus on it for just four weeks. We also have a super fun array of workshops that are held throughout the J-term. And so, if you’re not skiing or snowboarding at the Snow Bowl, you can definitely take workshops. So, I took the hula-hooping workshop during my J-term. There’s also a parkour class that was held this past year. There’s language classes, some dance classes, and things like that. So, a super diverse array of awesome workshops that students are able to take by either visiting professors or even students.

Something that I’ve loved doing at Middlebury is taking, trying out classes that are completely different from my major. Some of my favorite classes that I’ve taken at Mid have been within my neuroscience major, but some of them have been on things completely separate and completely different. For example, like history of Pakistan, or YouTube history and culture. Professors here are really encouraging of you to try out new things and try out different classes and they love to share their academic passions with students. Our most popular majors at Middlebury are economics, computer science, political science, and neuroscience. And advisors here can be a great source of inspiration and guidance throughout your four years at Middlebury, both for your major and to explore different academic passions.

Beyond the Classroom

Middlebury is one of, if not the best places to go if you don’t know what you want to do postgraduation. I came to Middlebury expecting to be an economics major that was going to work in finance or go to consulting, and now I’m graduating and I’ll be working at a law firm postgraduation, not even as a lawyer, right? I have to go to law school for that. I’ll be working as a paralegal or a litigation assistant. And I recognize that if I’m there for a year or two years, I’m not tied down to that because my education here has prepared me for so many different fields. You can look at the average number of job changes that the individual has in their lifetime. People don’t stick to one area, and I think that Middlebury really recognizes that and makes sure that you are well equipped for that. We have strong emphasis on writing and reading, as well as the spoken word, right, as presentations. And these are all skill sets that are super important when you get into the working world. And so Middlebury recognizes that, and we have so many opportunities on campus to help you explore what future opportunities may look like.

When students first get to Middlebury, they often ask, ”What’s a creemee?” A creemee is basically just soft-serve ice cream, but it’s better because it’s from Vermont. You can find them in our dining halls but you can also go off-campus and search for the best maple creemee.

So if you’re concerned about being able to afford Middlebury, you should know that we meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need, and our financial aid advisors are awesome and willing to work with you and your family to make Middlebury affordable.

The Center for Career and Internships, or CCI, as it’s known on campus, is an immensely helpful resource for undergraduates and postgrads in the Middlebury community. They have an office that is fully staffed with numerous career advisors. Everything from premed to prelaw, prebusiness tracks, and they also run a really nice alumni network connecting Middlebury undergraduates with a really passionate and engaged alumni community. Personally, I’ve utilized them in helping with résumé review and cover letter workshops which they run, it seems like every week, both with undergraduate student workers who are generally seniors and then also their professional staff. The other really great resource that the CCI has is over $800,000 in grant money to help fund your unpaid or underfunded summer internship. So last summer, I found an unpaid internship working for my congresswoman on Capitol Hill, and the CCI gave me $3,000 to help cover housing and food costs to help make this a possibility. This is something that I have utilized and almost all of my friends have utilized something similar in the CCI as well. They also do a really great job, in addition to summer internships, during our J-term; you can choose to take the four weeks and find an internship for that as well. They do a really great job helping place students in those internships, too.

Meet Our Faculty

The Undergraduate Research Office at Middlebury is a great resource for students seeking funding to support semesterlong independent projects, yearlong senior thesis research, or any other projects that they’re conducting with their advisors. Students are eligible for support in the order of a few hundred to more than a thousand dollars that they can use to cover their research expenses. Separate funding’s also available to allow students to travel to professional conferences to present the results of their research. My own research students have used funding from the Undergraduate Research Office to travel with me and present the results of their projects at conferences throughout the United States as well as in Austria, Italy, and other locations around the world. A highlight of the spring semester each year at Middlebury each year is an event called the Spring Student Symposium. This is a showcase that allows students to present the results of their independent work in disciplines ranging from the humanities and the arts all the way through to the hard sciences. Classes are canceled for the day, which allows students, faculty, and staff the flexibility to attend these presentations. These take the form of talks and posters, dance recitals, concerts, and really every form of creative expression imaginable. This is a great event that everyone here at Middlebury looks forward to each spring semester.

I think Middlebury professors are extremely accessible to students. We come to a place like Middlebury because we want to have those interactions with students, whether it’s in the classroom or getting to know you better outside of academics, or providing mentorship for both your career at Middlebury and beyond. Those are the type of interactions that we love. And so we try to provide lots of opportunities for you to have those types of interactions with us. So obviously, in the classroom, that’s one way that we interact with you. But we also have office hours, which are just times every week where students can drop in and talk to us about anything that they want, whether it’s questions that they have about material from class or anything else that they wanna talk about. And most professors have way more office hours than the minimum required, because we just wanna give all of our students opportunities to come. You know, I schedule my office hours based on when students are available to make sure that they can all come and talk to me. And I give students extra credit for class if they come. ’Cause I just want an incentive for students as much as possible to come and have those interactions with me. Lots of professors also have interactions with students outside of class. So like, in the Computer Science Department, we have a barbecue every summer for students who are doing research with us on campus. And I’ve had lots of coffees and lunches with students to just talk about what’s going on in their lives and what they’re thinking about in terms of summer internships, or what classes to take next semester, or whatever they wanna talk about.

During winter term, or J-term, you’ll be taking one full-credit course over four weeks. And it’s the only class you’ll be taking over the month of January. And it’s a chance to take a deep dive into a topic over the month. I’ve been teaching a course on Asian American food studies that is also a writing course. We study how Asian American communities have been defined by food and how Asian Americans define themselves through food. We read and write different genres of food-related writing, including memoirs, restaurant reviews, recipes, and cookbook reviews. We also do a lot of eating and a little bit of cooking. At the end of the class, we get together at an on-campus faculty member’s house, and we have a feast with various foods prepared by the members of the class. It’s a great chance to learn about a complex topic in an interactive way and as a group. And I think that’s what the best J-term classes do, they create a sense of community and a sense of learning as a shared experience.

At Middlebury, you’ll find yourself in all kinds of different classroom scenarios. For example, in my introductory Human Geography course, Place in Society, we meet as a full class of 25 to 30 students, three times a week, but we also break the class up into two smaller lab sections. One of the fun things we do in those lab sections is students design a field trip that they take their classmates on at the end of the semester. What the goal is, is to take the classmates to places in the community that are manifestations of the things we’ve been studying about in class. This past fall, those stops included a visit to Monument Farms, a local dairy, the dairy that provides all the milk to the College’s dining halls and to the Open Door Clinic, a healthcare clinic that provides free health care for those without health insurance. One of the largest groups that uses the Open Door Clinic are the Latinx farm workers that work on the local dairies. So, as diverse as our curriculum is, so too are the different kinds of classes you’ll find yourself in, here at Middlebury.

Does everyone do a senior thesis? No, not everybody. People that wanna get honors in a major or a program usually do a senior thesis, but it’s not for everybody. In anthropology, we have people either do a one-semester project or a two-semester project. It allows them to focus. It allows them to work closely with one professor. It often launches them into a particular grad school or career specialization. The projects I’ve been working on this year with students were first, a project about how Vermont farmers are preparing for climate change, second is also a climate change project about the ways that there are particular cultural narratives of climate futures getting expressed in current speculative fiction, and the third is an examination of how mythology is a mechanism for creating a sense of place in different cultural contexts. Overall, I think a senior thesis is a great project because it really gives a student a chance to stretch themselves out and figure out what’s really significant to them.

A first-year seminar is a course, every first-year takes it. It’s a course designed to get you involved in the liberal arts education and what the liberal arts actually looks like. A lot of these courses are unique and are something that professors are interested in but don’t often teach. For instance, I teach a course called the Language of Conspiracy Theories, which is a fun course where we study why do conspiracy theories exist, where do they exist in the 21st century, and why do they keep popping up. Those are the types of courses that you’ll be taking with your first-year seminar. They’re a great way for you to engage with peers in your new class. Your first-year seminar professor is also your advisor. So it’s a great way to get you involved with your first-year experience here at Middlebury and to get you set up for the rest of your academic career. Next I wanna talk to just quickly about choosing a major. This is my third year at the College, and I can say that I’ve been surprised how many students show up, they have a major in mind. They know what they want to do in life. And then after a semester, maybe a year, they’ve completely changed their mind. They’ll go from something that, oh, they were all about science, and now they wanna do something a little liberal arts. Or vice versa. So to find a major, we really suggest taking a broad array of classes. Really exploring the possibilities of what interests you. And you’ll be surprised by what you might want to major in. It’s okay if you have a major already in mind when you get here, and maybe that stays your major. Maybe the major changes. Or maybe you don’t have a major in mind, and that’s great as well. The great thing is you’ll focus on taking different sorts of courses and working with your professor to find the best major for you.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this institution and to give you a little clue about what your academic advising might look like. The way that liberal arts means making sense of the human experience, please also remember that your advisor, your first year-seminar advisor, then subsequently your academic advisor, are here to help you make sense of your college experience, your entry into being a scholar, and ultimately a purposeful person in the world. So, in your third semester, you will declare your major. But prior to that, your first-year seminar instructor will serve as your academic advisor. He or she will tell you how to expand your vision of not only the academic experience, but yourself. They may nudge you to take courses in something that might make you feel a little uncomfortable, or they may point you in the direction of something that may expand your horizons. And then in your third semester, once you declare your major, you’ll have an academic advisor who’ll help you hone in on the question that will ultimately propel you to a new understanding and a purposeful life in the world.

Midd students do research with faculty all the time. And I will draw on some of my own research projects to give you a sense of what that looks like. I’m an applied microeconomist. You can think data and statistics. My work seeks to identify and measure the causal effects of reproductive policies on people’s lives. And over the years, I’ve hired many RAs to work on research projects with me. My RAs have ranged from freshman to seniors. Some of them have been undeclared in major. Others have been majoring in computer science, math, geography, environmental studies, history, and not surprisingly, my own field, economics. My RAs work in visualizations, have appeared in scholarly journals. They’ve appeared in national media outlets like the New York Times. They’ve even appeared in federal courtrooms. This year, I’ve had three RAs working with me on a project that is in partnership with a national nonprofit organization. We’re all working together to rapidly update a database of reproductive healthcare providers so that we can see how changes in Title X funding that took effect this summer are affecting reproductive healthcare access. This summer, I have an RA lined up to work with me here in Middlebury on campus, fingers crossed. But definitely gonna work with me on a project to update another database of abortion facilities so that we can visualize the changing landscape of abortion access. Now, not surprisingly, my RAs have been incredibly helpful to me in my own research. It’s also, I hope and think, a valuable experience for them. They’re getting a chance to deeply learn and demonstrate their expertise with a methodological toolkit that’s really valuable in grad school and in demand among a lot of employers. But really perhaps even more importantly, there’s something magical about getting to deeply engage a research project and see what it takes to push the boundaries of knowledge forward. It can be really difficult and painstaking and messy and frustrating and exciting. And ultimately, in being part of that process, students transition from just being recipients of wisdom to actually creating new knowledge and being more rigorous and critical thinkers who ask questions about why it is that we know what we think we know. I think it makes them more skeptical without crossing that dangerous border into cynicism. So wherever your own passions lie, I would strongly encourage you, if you’re a Midd Kid, to look for opportunities to engage in research with faculty. Those opportunities are not difficult to find.

Hi, my name’s Alex Draper. I am the chair of the Theatre Department here at Middlebury. And I’ve been asked to make a short film about where on campus experiential learning takes place. And one of the places is right here Seeler Studio Theatre where we rehearse, and produce, and present plays. And all of the productions we do in the Theatre Department count as classes. So the students are taking them as an official course. And their time put into rehearsal is recognized as such. And in addition to that, all of the classes that we teach have a practical experiential component. So that everything you’re studying, you’re actually putting into practice in some way. If you’re a costume designer, you are designing, drawing, producing costumes. Same thing, set design, playwriting, acting, directing. All that is applied to work that is actually up on its feet and presented in class or to an audience. In addition to that, the department’s very lucky that we have in the outside-of-the-classroom part of experiential learning, we have a professional theater company, PTP/NYC, that’s been in existence for 34 years now, where we take a company of actors made up of half Middlebury College students and half equity actors. We rehearse up here in New York for three weeks, and we take two shows to New York City and run them in rep for five weeks during the summer. And through that process, students get to take all of the things they’re learning in our classrooms here and apply them to very real-world situations as a small theater company producing work in front of live audiences and reviewers in New York City. So I’m sure there are many more examples across campus of great ways in which experiential learning takes place here, but that’s just a few of the examples from here in the Theatre Department.

Our liberal arts curriculum will prepare you to become successful wherever your paths may lead you after graduation. You may continue your education in master’s and PhD programs or in professions such as law and medicine. You may also pursue careers in established and emerging fields, applying your knowledge of and skills in the arts, humanities, sciences, and languages. Last, but not least, when you graduate from the College, you become a part of a larger, supportive network of alumni.

My favorite thing about teaching at Middlebury is working one-on-one with students on projects. And in my department, we do everything from short videos that students write and direct to documentaries, to video essays, to screenplays, television pilots, critical essays, podcasts. And working with students on these projects is always really exciting because they come in with ideas that they’re passionate about, and I’m able to talk with them about what most interests them and help them develop an approach that is original and fits with their ideas. And usually, that project will develop and really will change over time in ways that neither of us could expect. And it’s always so gratifying to see what comes out and how much students learn along the way, and then a final product that is usually ready to share to the community.

These range across the academic disciplines and include spaces that support film and media production, dance and theater and music spaces, the special collections in our libraries, the art museum, as well as the Johnson Art and Architecture studios and the Makerspace. As a biologist I’m most familiar with our science facilities, which are mostly housed in McCardell Bicentennial Hall. These include the Observatory and our greenhouse as well as several other teaching and research laboratories. So in my laboratory we have access to microscopy facilities as well as a wide range of molecular biological equipment and spaces. And then also, hip waders and other field equipment that we use to sample lakes around Vermont. All of these facilities really support our student efforts in diverse academic pursuits and will be available to you once you arrive on campus.

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