Students pose for a family photo during a fall football game.
Students pose for group photo during a fall football game.

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 We hope to see you on campus in the future.

Family Orientation

Fall Family Orientation will begin virtually August 26th and will continue through September 7th. We hope to offer in-person events taking place on September 6th and 7th.

Fall 2021 Family Orientation Schedule.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, coincides with our Fall 2021 Orientation programs on September 6th-8th. For those interested in observing Rosh Hashanah while on campus, please complete this form to stay connected with the Scott Center for Religious and Spiritual Life regarding our services. 

Details regarding Feb Family Orientation for new spring arrivals will be shared later in Fall 2021.


Advantage Family Access

Advantage 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.

Here is how to create an account and log in as a guest:

  1. Open Advantage via 
  2. Click “Guest Login”
  3. Click “Create New Guest Account”
  4. Fill out the account information
  5. Click “Create Account”
  6. Enjoy making your way through the Family Orientation modules, and feel free to check out earlier modules, which your student has completed!

Remember: Advantage is where you will register to attend any of the online family orientation events below. If you have trouble finding the links - please email

Welcome Receptions

These receptions are hosted virtually and in person by current families and alumni for new students and their families. They are a fun way to get to know the Middlebury families in your local area, ask questions, and hear about the student and family experiences. Families of incoming Febs whose students deferred are also encouraged to attend. 

Alumni College

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!

Additional Links

Use these links to find out what is going on around the Middlebury sphere.