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 parentprograms@middlebury.edu. We hope to see you on campus in the future.


Family Orientation

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 the family orientation platform. 

Tuesday, August 16:

9:00-10:00 AM:
Departmental Drop in Hours

Thursday, August 18: 

7:00-8:30 AM:
Fall Family Meetup

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
3:00-5:00 PM:
Family Resource Fair
3:00-5:00 PM:
Family Lemonade Stand
5:00-7:00 PM:
Welcome Picnic
7:00-9:00 PM:
Family Dessert and Mingle

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. Students and families will be notified when they gain access. More information will be shared in Summer 2022.

Welcome Receptions

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 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.


Homecoming

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.