All schedules, descriptions, times, and dates for pre-orientation, family orientation, and orientation week events can be found below. For zoom links, please check your email. 

Pre-Orientation Events

Our virtual pre-orientation events take place from January 23 through February 2. All event times and descriptions can be found below. 

Week of January 23

Virtual

Speed Friending

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! Zoom link can be found in your inbox. 

Virtual

Student Life Panel

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. Zoom link can be found in your inbox.

Week of January 30

Virtual

Family Meet-up

Join us for an opportunity to connect with fellow incoming Class of 2026.5 families! Enjoy a night of fun as you share and chat with families of other students. A team from Orientation and the Office of Advancement will answer questions and provide resources! Open to parents and guardians only. Zoom link can be found in your inbox.

Virtual

Campus Resource Drop-in Hours

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. Zoom link can be found in your inbox.

Virtual

Move-in Day/Housing Questions

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. Zoom link can be found in your inbox.

Orientation Week Schedule

February 8

Residential Halls

Move-in

Students move into their dorm. ResLife and orientation staff will be present.

Crossroads Cafe

Coffee and Tea for Families with Care Management

Meet with Dean Sellers and Care Management to learn more about Middlebury’s CARE network and other resources available to support students. Families only.

Proctor

Lunch

The Chapel

Family Welcome Address

Middlebury College President, Laurie Patton, Dean of Admissions, Nicole Curvin, and Vice President for Student Affairs, Smita Ruzicka, will give their welcome address to incoming families. Families only. 

Dana Auditorium

Navigating Transitions

Learn more about how to support your young adult’s well-being during their transition to college. Participants will leave with concrete recommendations for supporting and maintaining connection with your new student.  Led by Madeline Hope-Lyng, Mental Health Promotion Specialist and Director of Health & Wellness Education. Families only. 

Atwater Dining Hall

Family Resource Fair

Join us for an opportunity to connect with various departments and learn more about how they can support your student! Hot beverages and other refreshments will be provided. For families only.

Wilson Hall

Introduction to the Middlebury Community

Jen Sellers, First Year Dean, and Erin Morrison, Assistant Director of First Year Experience for Orientation will address the incoming Feb class and welcome them to Middlebury. Students only. 

FYS Classroom

Orientation Group Meetings

Meet up with your orientation group to create some initial bonds with your peers, become more familiar with campus resources, learn about student life, and  hang out with fellow classmates. Students only. 

Dining Halls

Welcome Dinner

A celebratory meal with other students and staff! Students only.

Residential Halls

ResLife Welcome and Floor Meetings

Meet the Residential Life staff who will support you in your transition to Middlebury College and build community within your residence hall. Students only. 

McCullough Student Center

Game Night

Join Middlebury orientation leaders for  a fun night of karaoke, board games and card games like Exploding Kittens, You’ve Got Crabs, Tacocat, and many more! Students are welcome to bring their own games as well. Students only.

February 9

First Year Seminar

Students will meet their first year seminar professor and learn about expectations for the course.

McCullough Student Center

Registration Support

Join staff members for support and guidance on course registration. 

Placement Consulations

Coltrane Lounge

Affinity Space: LGBTQIA+

This affinity space is designed to be an interactive meeting for incoming students who identify as LGBTQIA+ to meet other community members that share their identity and hear about supportive resources on campus.

Advising Appointments

Students have the opprotunity to meet with their academic advisors to discuss upcoming course registration and plan their first semester. 

Wilson Hall

Academic Forum

Academic Forum is a drop-in event for new students, but attending is strongly recommended for all new students. This event is an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from every academic department or program at the College. Knowledgeable faculty will be on hand to answer any questions that students might have about course offerings, appropriate student placement or potential majors.

Proctor Dining Hall

Green Dot Dinner

Students will learn about Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy, a national program that trains students, faculty, and staff in bystander intervention to help prevent instances of power-based personal violence (PBPV). This not only promotes safety for everyone in the Middlebury community, but also sends a clear message that we do not tolerate violence on our campus. This dinner will be facilitated by orientation leaders. 

Unlearning at Midd

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. Check Ideal Logic to see your session room!

Atwater Dining Hall

MiddNight

Students will have an opportunity to unwind, socialize in a relaxed setting, get creative, and receive comforting goodies at this super fun and chill event!

February 10

Advising Appointments

Students have the opprotunity to meet with their academic advisors to discuss upcoming course registration and plan their first semester. 

Atwater Dining Hall

Student Resource Fair

Join us for an opportunity to connect with various departments and learn more about how they can support you during your time at Middlebury! Hot beverages and other refreshments will be provided.

Transfer Student Course Registration

Transfer students will register for spring courses. 

FYS Room

Course Registration with Orientation Groups

Students will register for their spring courses with their orientation group. 

LIB 105A and B

Registration and Advising Support

Meet with faculty and staff members who can provide guidance if you are seeking support following course registration.

Dana Hall

Speak About It

Speak About It is an education group that uses theater and small group discussions to educate students about consent. The program and discussions center on topics of consent, sex, and sexual wellness, both in general and in the context of Middlebury’s campus and campus life.

Feb Orientation Group

Meeting with First Year Orientation groups.

Wilson Hall

Square Dance

Bring out your finest Vermont flannel and get ready to do-si-do on down to McCullough Lawn with live music and apple cider! The Square Dance is a MiddView tradition that we are ecstatic to bring back this year. Join us for an unforgettable night of fall orientation fun.

February 11

Compass Overview

Learn about Compass, which is Middlebury College’s residential model that focuses on helping each student get the most from their Middlebury experience while developing a deep sense of belonging by connecting them with mentors across the college.

Ross 121

Affinity Space: BIPOC

This affinity space is designed to be an interactive meeting for incoming students of color to meet other community members that share their identity and hear about supportive resources on campus.

New Student Weekend

New Student Weekend is a program that allows you to explore campus, make new friends, and enjoy a fun activity together. The range of activities are endless and designed by orientation leaders! Check Ideal-Logic for your event location. 

Atwater Dining Hall

S'mores at Atwater

Students will have the opportunity to roast marshmallows and enjoy s’mores together at the conclusion of their New Student Weekend adventures!

Feb Orientation Group

Students will meet with their orientation groups. 

Wilson Hall

Talent Show

An opportunity to show off your talents with members of the incoming feb class!

February 12

FYS Room

Orientation Group Wrap-up

Final orientation group meeting in preparation for the upcoming semester.

The Chapel

Class Photo

Join your fellow 2026.5 classmates for a class photo!

Residential Hall

Floor Meeting

Meet with Residential Life staff in preparation for Convocation

The Chapel

Convocation


This Middlebury tradition, led by President Patton, symbolizes the beginning of your Middlebury academic journey.