Middlebury families are a welcome, active, and important part of the community.
We invite you to participate in a variety of ways and to attend Middlebury events virtually and on campus. Be sure we have your email address!
If you have questions about parent programming, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs at (802) 443-5183 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you on campus in the future.
Fall Family Orientation will begin virtually the week of August 15th. Our hope is that families can look forward to in person family orientation programs at the start of orientation. Below you can find the schedule of pre-orientation, and orientation events.
Virtual Family Pre-Orientation Events
Pre-orientation begins the week of August 15th, and continues until move-in day. Links to these events can be found in our Online Orientation Modules.
Tuesday, August 16:
- 9:00-10:00 AM:
- Departmental Drop in Hours
Thursday, August 18:
- 12:00-1:30 PM:
- Fall Family Meetup Session A
- 7:00-8:30 PM:
- Fall Family Meetup Session B
Friday, August 26:
- 12:00-1:00 PM:
- Navigating Transitions
Tuesday, August 30:
- 7:00-8:00 PM:
- Student Life Panel
Thursday, September 1:
- 4:00-5:00 PM:
- Departmental Drop-in Hours
Friday, September 2:
- 3:00-5:00 PM:
- Arrival Questions Drop-in
Family Orientation Events
Family orientation takes place on Monday, September 5. Programming will end by 9PM, however families are welcome to remain on campus.
Monday, September 5:
- 2:00-3:00 PM:
- Family Welcome Address, Middlebury Chapel
- 3:00-5:00 PM:
- Family Resource Fair, Axinn Center for the Humanities
- 3:00-5:00 PM:
- Family Lemonade Stand, Axinn Entrance
- 5:00-7:00 PM:
- Welcome Picnic, Ross and Proctor Dining Halls (moved inside due to weather)
- 7:00-9:00 PM:
- Family Dessert and Mingle, Crossroads Cafe, McCullough Student Center
Online Orientation Platform Family Access
Our Online Orientation platform is where you will find registration links for all virtual Family Orientation events. The platform is also where you can see the content your student has access to, including important information about student life, academics, support services, and more. While students must complete all Advantage content before their arrival, it is optional for families. This valuable information will be available to you throughout the fall semester. This link will take you to the login page. Please register as a guest.
These receptions are hosted in select locations around the country by current families and alumni for new students and their families. They are a fun way to get to know other Middlebury families, ask questions, and hear about the student and family experiences. Febs and their families and deferred students and their families are also encouraged to attend. Register now.
Alumni, families of past and current students, and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend Alumni College, which combines a relaxing late-summer weekend in Vermont with the opportunity to be inspired by some of our finest faculty. Share in a professor’s knowledge and enthusiasm during engaging discussions and field trips, enjoy delicious meals with faculty and classmates, and have a chance to see firsthand what your student has been experiencing.
Please note: Due to to COVID restrictions, Alumni College may not be held as usual. Please visit Alumni College for the most up-to-date information.
Fall Family Weekend
Fall Family Weekend is an opportunity for families to visit campus and participate in a wide variety of academic, social, cultural, and athletic events or attend a class on Friday morning. Families of incoming Febs are welcome to attend in the fall, prior to their student’s arrival.
Please note: Due to COVID restrictions, Fall Family Weekend plans are subject to change. Please visit Fall Family Weekend for updates.
Fall in Vermont is a beautiful time of year. Spend time on campus or take your student for a hike or day trip to see some of the many nearby sights. Homecoming programming is geared toward alumni but open to all families.
Please note: Due to COVID restrictions, Homecoming plans are subject to change. Please visit Homecoming programming for updates.
Books for College-Bound Families
This list of books was recommended by the parent program professionals of AHEPPP: Family Engagement in Higher Education. Click here to download.
Middlebury Parents Facebook Group
Have questions? Need advice? The Middlebury Parents Facebook group is for parents and guardians of current Middlebury students who have committed and deposited and for parents of Middlebury graduates. Over 3,000 members exchange information and contribute a wealth of experience and knowledge. Page administrators periodically add content that seems parent-worthy, such as upcoming events, student achievements, campus photos, career/internship advice, break bus schedules, and links to questions that are posed by parents.
Recipes from Home
Does your family have a favorite dish that your student would enjoy eating in the dining hall? Send us your favorite recipe and let us recreate the flavors and aromas that remind students of home. Recipes will be prepared in our kitchens using only the freshest ingredients. We will let your student know when we serve their recipe and we will display their name beside the dish.
Please submit your ideas and be as detailed as possible!
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