A path on campus in the fall.

Welcome to Middlebury!

The first year of college is filled with new opportunities, and all of us at Middlebury College encourage new students to approach things on campus with curiosity and an open mind. 

Many students find that this approach often leads to fun and exciting experiences. It is also just as likely that there will be moments of discomfort along the way. Do not worry if you start to feel this way! These multifaceted feelings are an integral component of the college experience and are associated with taking on new and challenging opportunities. Meaningful growth happens when we are challenged, and your first year of college is going to challenge you in any number of new ways.

The primary goal of the Office of the First Year Experience is to help you learn how to embrace these feelings of excitement and discomfort as essential components of the path to realizing your full potential.  

We are here to help you build a strong foundation for realizing  your college goals—both in and out of the classroom.

Meet Your Class Dean

As Dean of the First Year Experience, I am an accessible source of support and guidance as you navigate your first year of college. From the moment you begin your journey as a Middlebury College student, you have access to a vast array of resources that have been designed to support your development as a student, a person, and a citizen of the world. Be sure to read the newsletter I send out to learn more about the ways to access these supports. You can also make an appointment to meet with me if you are struggling in any way or would like to consult about academic policy. The First Year Experience office space provides a haven of relaxation, rejuvenation, and support. 

Sabrina Durand


Dean of First Year Experience

Allen Hall 153A