This is where we post important communications from the Orientation Team to the Class of 2026.5. Students should check their Middlebury emails regularly for updates.

Please contact orientation at orientation@middlebury.edu if you have any questions. 

1.25: Pre Arrival Checklist Items

We hope your  winter is going well! We are writing with a reminder of upcoming pre arrival checklist deadlines and upcoming virtual events. 

January 27:

  • Personal Evacuation Plan: All students must have a plan in the event that the college needs to have an emergency evacuation. Enter new or update existing information in BannerWeb.
  • Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: Middlebury is required by law to provide access to our annual campus security report.
  • Missing Person Contact: Please upload an off-campus contact in case of an emergency in BannerWeb
  • Bicycle Registration: For those who choose to bring a bike to campus, please register your bike here.
  • Update Emergency Contact Information on BannerWeb: Please enter your emergency contact information.
  • Vehicle Registration & Parking Pass: For those who choose to bring a vehicle to campus, you will need to register your car and purchase a parking pass. Students will incur tickets and/or citations if vehicles are not registered before the start of the semester. 
  • Health Related Travel Information: Review the College’s web page for the most up-to-date health related travel information as well as other guidance that might impact your studies at Middlebury.
  • ID Photo Submission: This link will bring you to the online directory where you will upload a passport quality photo for your student ID card. Click on the Upload Photo link at the top of the page. You will be asked for your Middlebury credentials to log in.
  • Emergency Preparedness Training: All new students are required to view “Emergency Preparedness at Middlebury,” available on SafeColleges. This important video ensures you are prepared in the case an emergency occurs on campus. After viewing the video, you will be provided with a link to log your attendance by taking a short quiz.
  • Placement Exams Due: Incoming students planning to enroll in courses in certain departments may need to take placement exams or follow special instructions in order to register. Check the Placement Exam site here for information about exam formats, instructions, and availability. You must be logged into your Middlebury google account to view the site. Complete any online placement exams before you arrive on campus, using a computer with web access.
  • Orientation Preference Form: Please complete your orientation registration form in Ideal Logic.

As a reminder, your Orientation modules are due next Friday, February 3. To access the modules, please click here.

We want to highlight some exciting pre orientation events happening next week. You can find the full description of the events on our website. 

  • Campus Resource Drop-in: Thursday, February 2, 4-5 PM EST

Students and families are welcome to drop-in and meet with specific Middlebury services and departments! This event is open to all incoming students and families.

  • Move-in Day and Housing Drop-in: Friday, February 3, 4-5 PM EST

Join us for drop-in hours with representatives from Orientation and Res Life. Students and families can ask questions regarding move-in day and housing. This event is open to all incoming students and families.


1.18: Part Two: Pre Orientation Events

Here is your Part Two email - We have exciting news for you! The schedules for our pre-orientation and orientation events are now posted on our website. Below, we’ve highlighted our virtual events taking place prior to your arrival to campus. Click here for the full schedule of virtual events and the schedule for on campus events happening during orientation week. All event links for virtual events can be found in your Online Orientation Modules or linked below  in this email. Take a moment to browse the schedule of pre-orientation events and note which events you are interested in attending. 

Week of January 23

  • Speed Friending: Monday, January 23, 7-8:30 PM EST

Joining a new school and community can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Join other incoming Middlebury students for this virtual speed friending event to meet new people and make new friends! 

  • Student Life Panel:Tuesday, January 24, 7-8:30 PM EST

Join us for an informational webinar with live Q&A about all things student life. Panelists will include members of Residential Life, Student Activities, Health and Wellness, and Dining as well as Deans and students. Please submit questions ahead of time in this form. 

Week of January 30

  • Campus Resource Drop-in: Thursday, February 2, 4-5 PM EST

Students and families are welcome to drop-in and meet with specific Middlebury services and departments! Representatives from the Office of Student Employment, Student Financial Services, the Health Center and the Disability Resources Center will be available to chat and answer questions.This event is open to all incoming students and families.  

  • Move-in Day and Housing Drop-in: Friday, February 3, 4-5 PM EST

Have any last minute questions about what move-in day will look like? Wondering what to bring? Join us for drop-in hours with representatives from Orientation and Res Life. Students and families can ask questions regarding move-in day and housing. This event is open to all incoming students and families.

Please remember that your orientation preference form is due Friday, January 27. You can access it here. 


1.18 Part One: Online Orientation Modules

We hope your winter is going well! We have some important information to share with you and have decided to break this week’s email up into two parts. Our first email (this one!) will give you a quick overview of your Online Orientation Modules. You will receive another email (part two) next detailing information about some of our pre orientation events that will take place virtually over the next two weeks. 

Part One

We encourage you to begin completing your Orientation Modules beginning next week. . Completing these modules is a part of your Pre Arrival Checklist. These modules will introduce you to various departments around campus and give you important information about student life and academics.. As a reminder, these modules are required for all new students, and we ask that you stay on top of the schedule as outlined below. The due date for completing these modules is Friday, February 3. 

Here are the instructions to log into the Modules: 

  1. On January 23, open website via https://orientation.middlebury.edu/ 

  2. Click “Student Login”

  3. Login to your Middlebury Student account - This is the same account as your Middlebury Email!

Module Schedule: 

Week of January 23 

  • Orientation Introduction

  • Community Standards

  • DEI @ Midd

  • Student Life

  • Support Services

  • Health & Wellness

  • Experiential Learning Centers

Week of January 30

  • Preparing for Academics

  • Academic Support

  • Sustainability

  • What’s Next?

As always, please reach out to orientation@middlebury.edu  if you have any questions. 


1.16 Orientation Preference Form 

Hello New Student,

Today is an exciting day because the Orientation Session Preference Form is now open! Please read this email carefully as it contains important information about completing the form correctly. You have until Friday, January 20 to submit the form. 

All new students (first years, transfer students, exchange students) are required to complete the Orientation Session Preference Form. Even if you are participating in the ISSS Pre-Orientation Program, you will also participate in Feb Orientation which runs from February 8-12.   

Overview of Feb Orientation

During Orientation, students will meet with their orientation group which has approximately 14 other students and two to three of our superstar Orientation Leaders. There will also be plenty of time for you to meet other new students, prepare for course registration, connect with faculty members, learn about campus resources, REST, and become more familiar with Middlebury’s culture, community, and expectations for students. A full schedule of our pre-orientation virtual events as well as our orientation events is now available on our website

Instructions for the Orientation Session Preference Form

As a part of orientation you have the option to choose which sessions and activities you’d like to participate in for our Unlearning at Midd program and New Student Weekend activities. 

  • Unlearning at Midd is a series of workshops required for new students that provide students with tangible ways to be anti-racist, anti-oppressive, engage in critical reflection, and have conversations that challenge their social norms. Students are required to participate in one workshop, and we have a range of topics available for you to choose from such as mental health, mindful communication, indigenous rights, etc. 
  • New Student Activities will take place on February 11 with a variety of events offered such as hiking, snowshoeing, making meals together, community service projects, knitting, and many more (weather permitting). 

In the Orientation Session Preference Form, you will answer general questions about yourself as well as indicate your preferences for both Unlearning at Midd and New Student Activities. We want to emphasize that you are making preferences. While we will do our best to honor each student’s top preference, it is possible that our team will need to move you to different events than you selected in the form. Now, onto the instructions!

On the form, you will see multiple tabs, or pages, and the system will guide you through each one. When selecting an Unlearning at Midd session and New Student Weekend activity, please choose an option that you most prefer. However, if the spots are full, please select the next best option for yourself. These two areas of orientation are required Orientation Activities so please make sure you fully complete your registration form. 
Please do not attempt to select more activities. If you choose this route, our team will need to cancel your extra registrations and you may be placed into an activity that was not your first preference. 

Our next email to you will share the links to the online orientation modules and online events. Our online orientation events begin next week on Monday, January 23 with a speed friending event (wahoo!!) starting at 7PM - SAVE THE DATE! The links to these events will also be noted in your online orientation modules. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at orienation@middlebury.edu. We are so excited to welcome you to campus in February! 


1.11 Pre Arrival Checklist and Move-in Day

We hope your winter is going well! We are writing to you with reminders of your Pre-Arrival checklist and move-in day. 

Pre Arrival Checklist:

Placement Exams: The placement exams are now open. Incoming students planning to enroll in courses in certain departments may need to take placement exams or follow special instructions in order to register. Check the Placement Exam site for information on required exams and details regarding placement. Please complete the online placement exams before you arrive on campus. 

Upcoming checklist items include: FYS preference form, Online Orientation Modules, and orientation preference form - links for these items will become available in your inbox over the next couple of weeks. 

Move-in Day:

Move-in Day is Wednesday February 8, 2023. Students may move-in from 9am-1pm. Moving in earlier is not possible. If you have travel delays or are otherwise unable to arrive on campus during move-in hours, please contact our office. If you are an international student or a student participating in ISSS pre orientation programs, your move in day will be February 7, 2023. Pre registration in this program is required. Please contact isss@middlebury.edu if you have questions.

After move-in, students will begin their orientation program. Wednesday’s program will run from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Activities on the first day include a welcome dinner, meeting your orientation group, and Game Night!

Families will have their own orientation program beginning at 1:00 pm and ending at 4:00pm. All family events are optional. Students will not have a break in their Orientation program until after the family orientation has concluded, so after lunch may be a good time to say your goodbyes. Here is a link to our campus map if you would like to take a self guided tour while you are here! 

Please expect an email with the details of move-in day two weeks from now. 


12.8 Spring Registration, First Year Seminar Registration, and Pre Arrival Checklist

We are writing with important information regarding registration for your First Year Seminar, spring semester, and Orientation activities

Spring Registration

As first year students, you will register for your spring term classes during Orientation week, with the exception of your First Year Seminar (FYS), which you will select before you arrive. All new incoming students (not transfer and exchange students) will enroll in a FYS as one of four courses in your first semester. Because this course is foundational for instruction and advising, it is the first course you will register for.

FYS registration takes place in January, prior to registration for your other courses. You will learn about all your FYS course options when you receive the FYS Registration Booklet within the next few weeks. When you receive your booklet, you’ll choose from those seminar options, expressing your preferences for the seminars of greatest interest to you through a survey that will be open in mid-January. 

Pre-Arrival Checklist

December 15 

  • Pay Balance on Student Account: Payment is due for the spring semester on December 15. Students and their authorized parties can access Nelnet Campus Commerce to view their account and make payments. Any questions on billing should be directed to Student Financial Services at (802) 443-5158 or sfs@middlebury.edu.

January 2

  • Placement Exam Window Opens: Incoming students planning to enroll in courses in certain departments may need to take placement exams or follow special instructions in order to register. Please check the Pre Arrival Checklist for more information.

January 8

  • Housing Questionnaire and Contract Due: Please submit your housing questionnaire. Reminder: You will not receive your housing assignment until all of your Required Health and Immunization forms have been completed and submitted. 

Orientation

Feb Orientation will begin on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. As you are making your travel arrangements, you can expect to move in between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (except for students participating in the program with ISSS, or other pre-arrival programs). Detailed information concerning arrival procedures will be shared by mid-January. 

Stay tuned for our Orientation Registration Form, which we will send out in early January. In the meantime, you can meet your Feb Orientation Leaders on our Instagram (@MiddOrientation). 

Please note that our office will be closed from December 19, 2022 through January 2, 2023, so you may not receive immediate responses during that time period.


11.13 November 15 Deadlines

We hope your fall is going well! We are writing with a reminder of upcoming pre arrival checklist deadlines.

November 15: 

  • Set up your Middlebury College Student Health Portal: Set up your Middlebury College Student Health Portal and review the Required Student Health (Online) Forms and required document uploads.
  • Immunization and Student Health Forms: Immunization records and other required health forms need to be uploaded immediately via the Student Health Portal. Students who do not submit immunization records and required health forms will not receive their housing assignment until they do so. If there is any possibility that you will participate in an intercollegiate sport or club rugby or crew, the NCAA requires that your physical exam is completed within 6 months of the start of your athletic season.
  • Housing Questionnaire and Contract Opens: This questionnaire is the first step in the housing process for the Spring semester. It is available through the Student Housing Portal. This form will become available on November 15th and your deadline is January 8.
  • Enroll in or Waive Student Health Insurance: Students will receive email notifications beginning in November from Gallagher, our student health insurance partner, to either enroll in or waive the Student Health Insurance Plan.
  • Tuition Payment: Around November 15, students and their authorized parties will receive their spring semester bill via email. Payment for the spring semester is due by December 15. Billing, payments, and payment plans are all processed electronically through Nelnet.

As always, please contact us at orientation@middlebury.edu if you have any questions. For more information regarding Orientation, you can visit our website and follow our Instagram page (@MiddOrientation). 


10.27 November 1 Deadlines

We’re writing with a reminder of upcoming prearrival checklist deadlines.

  • November 1
    • Complete ADA questionnaire: This form will determine whether or not you need accommodations. If you already know you will need accommodations, please submit an Accommodation Request Form
    • Create Nelnet account: Nelnet is Middlebury’s online billing and payment service. Once you have set up your account, we recommend adding parents or others as authorized parties so they can create their own account. The bill for spring semester is not available until November 15, but students are encouraged to set up their accounts beforehand.
    • Form I-20/Form DS-2019 application and supporting documents priority deadline: This is for international first-years and international transfer students only. Please visit our International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website and read the Pre-Arrival Guide for more information. Please refer to the 10/13/2022 email sent to you regarding this application process. Questions may be submitted to ISSS at isss@middlebury.edu
  • November 4
    • Update Bannerweb with your personal information: Bannerweb is Middlebury’s online database through which you can update your personal information, parent contact/family information, and preferred first fame, and pronoun(s) sections. 
    • Voter registration: We encourage all U.S. citizens to register to vote in their home state. If you plan to register to vote in Vermont, please when you arrive to campus use your Middlebury College address: Middlebury College Box ####, 14 Old Chapel Road, Middlebury, VT 05753. Students will be notified of their mailbox number during orientation week or shortly before. 
    • International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Pre Orientation Program: Students who plan to attend with F-1 or J-1 status are expected to participate in the program (optional participation for others). Please visit the International Student and Scholar Services website for more information. 

As always, please contact us at orientation@middlebury.edu if you have any questions. For more information regarding Orientation, you can visit our website and follow our Instagram page (@MiddOrientation).


10.17 Pre Arrival Checklist - Now Updated!

Your prearrival checklist is now updated and ready for you to explore. Some items on your checklist are ready for you to complete now, while other items will be available for you to begin at a later date—these dates are noted in your checklist. 

Housing Questionnaire & Contract

Some of you have shared your concerns about completing your housing forms on time, or while you have unstable internet connections. We want you to know that, once the form is available, you can submit the application anytime up until the deadline. Your housing assignment will not be impacted by when you complete the form as long as it’s completed before the application period closes. If you are out of internet service during the application period and unable to complete the form on your own, you may request that a family member submit the application on your behalf by contacting Residential Life at reslife@middlebury.edu or (802) 443-3320 for instructions.

For other items that you may have challenges completing, please contact our Orientation team or the department listed for that particular item. 

Upcoming Emails 

You and your family can now expect regular communications from our Orientation team. We’ll be sure to remind you of upcoming deadlines and updates regarding orientation and your arrival to campus this spring. 

We will be in touch again in a couple of weeks.


5.18 Greetings from the Orientation Team & Your Next Steps for Middlebury

We are so excited you decided to join our Middlebury College community! 

Now that you have committed to Middlebury, you will start to hear more from our team through your Middlebury College email account. If you have not already set up this account, please follow the instructions found later in this email. Although your arrival to campus may seem far away, there are a few things you need to do to ensure you have a smooth arrival to Middlebury. 

Pre-Arrival Checklist

Most importantly, you’ll need to complete your Pre-Arrival Checklist. There are deadlines spread out over the next year, and you can start it now or wait until the fall as the deadlines kick off beginning in November. Please note that you will need your Middlebury College ID number for some forms. This is an eight-digit number with two preceding zeros (e.g. 00123456) and you can locate this ID number in your acceptance letter or within BannerWeb. Near the end of this year, our team will send you regular emails to remind you of upcoming deadlines, but please visit our website now to complete the first three tasks: 

  1. Set up your Middlebury email.
  2. Review the pre-arrival checklist on Banner.
  3. Set up your Middlebury College health portal. 

Pre-Orientation Components

You will also have the opportunity to participate in pre-orientation programs and events that take place before February Orientation begins on February 8, 2023. 

  • Some students may be eligible to sign up for the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Pre-Orientation Program. This program is open to international first year students, exchange students, U.S. students living abroad, and international transfer students. Please visit the ISSS website to find more information and learn about the benefits of the program. 
  • Later in January, students will begin completing their online orientation modules, which are due prior to the start of February Orientation. These modules will cover a wide range of topics related to life at Middlebury such as Community Standards, Student Life, Preparing for Academics, and many more and are designed to help you get acquainted with the basics of being a student prior to your arrival on campus.
  • Our team will also host a number of virtual events such as Speed Friending and Languages at Midd to give students a space to connect with peers and learn about resources on campus before their arrival. Many of these events will also be open to families.

Move-In Dates and February Orientation

February Orientation will begin on Wednesday, February 8, which is also the day that new students will move in. 

Students will be placed into small groups, which will be led by orientation leaders. These groups will give you an opportunity to meet your new classmates, connect with faculty members and campus resources, support you during course registration, and learn about Middlebury’s culture, community, and expectations for students. We will connect with you again just before the fall. 

If you are looking for more information, you can visit our website and follow our Instagram page (@MiddOrientation). Please contact us at orientation@middlebury.edu if you have any questions.