This is where we post important communications from the Orientation Team to the Class of 2026. Students should check their Middlebury emails regularly for updates beginning May 30, 2022.
8.17 Pre-Arrival Checklist Items Due August 19
Hello New Students,
I hope you are enjoying your last weeks of summer! My name is Isabel and I am a rising senior at Middlebury College. I am a member of the Orientation Team and I look forward to connecting with you this summer with updates on your Pre-Arrival Checklist and MiddView. I am reaching out to remind you of upcoming items on your Pre-Arrival Checklist.
- Due by Friday, August 19:
- Update Emergency Contact Information on BannerWeb: Please enter your emergency contact information in BannerWeb.
- Personal Evacuation Plan: All students must have a plan in the event that the college needs to implement an emergency evacuation. Enter new, or update existing, information by 8/19 in BannerWeb.
- Missing Person Contact: Please upload an off-campus contact in BannerWeb in case of an emergency.
- Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: Middlebury is required by law to provide access to our annual campus security report.
- Bicycle Registration: For those who choose to bring a bike to campus, please register your bike here.
- 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. This photo is required to be able to print your ID which will also serve as your key card to certain campus buildings.
- Emergency Preparedness Training: All new students are required to view “Emergency Preparedness at Middlebury,” available on Vector Solutions. 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.
- Voter Registration: Before arriving on campus, we encourage US citizens to register to vote in their home state. If students are interested in registering in Vermont, they can do so using their Middlebury College address (e.g. Middlebury College Box ####, 14 Old Chapel Road, Middlebury, VT 05753).
8.12 Pre-Orientation Kickoff and Online Orientation Modules
Hello New Student,
We have exciting news in store for you! The schedule of our pre-orientation and orientation week events has just been posted on our website. Click here for the schedule of virtual events and here for the schedule of events happening once you move in on campus. All registration event links can be found in your Online Orientation Modules. Take a moment to browse the schedule of pre-orientation events and note which events you are interested in attending.
Below is the schedule for your Online Orientation Modules. On Monday, August 15, you will receive a link to the website to access this content. You will go through the specific content each week divided over the next three weeks. These modules are required for all new students, and we ask that you stay on top of the schedule as outlined below. You’ll receive an email from us if we notice you have not been completing them.
Week of August 15
Estimated total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Orientation Introduction
- Community Standards
- DEI @ Midd
- Student Life
Week of August 22
Estimated total time: 2 hours 20 minutes
- Support Services
- Health & Wellness
- Experiential Learning Centers
Week of August 29
Estimated total time: 1 hour 45 minutes
- Preparing for Academics
- Academic Support
- What’s Next?
If you would like to submit questions ahead of time for the Languages at Midd event on August 23, you can submit them here. You can also pre-submit questions for the Student Life Panel, happening on August 30, here.
As always, please reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions.
8.3 Orientation Session 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, August 12 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 First@Midd or ISSS Pre-Orientation Program, you will also participate in MiddView which runs from September 5-11.
Overview of MiddView
During MiddView, 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, 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 will be posted on our website on August 12. Before this information is published, we would like to share more about the two events for which you will be indicating your preferences in the Orientation Session Preference Form: Unlearning at Midd and New Student Weekend.
- 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, farmworker rights, etc.
- New Student Weekend takes place on September 9 and September 10 with a variety of events offered such as hiking, canoeing, community service projects, trips to Burlington, tours around Middlebury, visiting arts and cultural sights, and many more. There are half day excursions on Friday and Saturday and a few full day excursions on Saturday from which to choose.
Instructions for the Orientation Session Preference Form
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 Weekend events. 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. Please know that whenever you are on campus, there will be a number of activities such as lawn games and board games that you can participate in. Now, onto the instructions!
On the form, you will see multiple tabs, or pages, and the system will guide you through each one. Below are instructions specific to some of these tabs:
- Unlearning at Midd: You must select an Unlearning at Midd workshop.
- If there is a workshop you really want to participate in but you are unable to select it because the workshop is full, please choose another workshop that sounds interesting or engaging to you.
- New Student Weekend - Friday Afternoon Activities, Saturday Morning Activities, and Saturday Afternoon Activities: You can select two half day New Student Weekend events or one full day New Student Weekend event.
- This means that you can do one of the following:
- Choose one half day event on Friday afternoon and one half day event on Saturday morning/afternoon.
- Choose one half day event on Saturday morning and one half day event on Saturday afternoon.
- Choose one full day event on Saturday.
- For the third time block (where you have not selected an activity) please check the box at the top of the activity list for that time block which may state something similar to “I am planning to stay on campus on Friday afternoon and will sign up for activities on Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon or one full day activity on Saturday.”
- If you are unable to select a New Student Weekend activity because it is full - but you would really like to participate in it, you may have the ability to add yourself to the waitlist. However, you still need to make a preference for another activity by selecting it. Our team will understand that the activity you are on the waitlist for is your first preference, and the one you are able to select is your second preference.
- We only have a certain number of spaces available on the waitlist. If you cannot add yourself to the waitlist, the waitlist is full and you should select another activity.
- Depending on logistics, our team may or may not be able to add you to your first preference though we will do our best.
- This means that you can do one of the following:
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.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are so excited to welcome you to campus in September!
8.1 Placement Exams, Health and Wellness Courses, and Semester Payment
Hello New Student,
I hope summer has been treating you well! I am reaching out to remind you of some upcoming items on your Pre-Arrival Checklist.
- August 1
- 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. Check the Placement Exam site here for information regarding exam formats, instructions, and availability. You must be logged into your Middlebury google account to view the site. You will need to complete any required online placement exams before you arrive on campus, using a computer with web access.
- Health and Wellness Courses Available: Prior to arrival on campus, all new undergraduate students are required to complete Building Your Well-being, a health and wellness course focused on promoting and protecting individual and community well-being. All new undergraduate students are also required to complete a health and wellness course addressing alcohol and other substances in college. While we request you complete these courses prior to arrival on campus,iIf you are an international student with limited access to the Internet or a student with an extenuating circumstance who has yet to complete the courses, you will be required to complete the courses shortly after arriving on campus.
- August 3
- Orientation Session Preference Form Opens: Registration for MiddView (September 5-11) will open on August 3. Stay tuned for another email from our team with more details. This form must be completed and submitted by Friday, August 12.
- August 15
- Pay Balance on Student Account: If you have not yet completed the setup for your student accounts and added authorized payers, you will need to click the link in the email from Nelnet Campus Commerce that was sent on July 12th. Payments by electronic bank transfer or credit card can be made on student accounts. Find more information about payment options here. Enrollment in a payment plan is expected if payment is not made in full by August 15.
- Begin Online Orientation Modules: Prior to your arrival to campus, you will be required to complete online orientation modules to help you begin your journey at Middlebury College. The link to log in will be sent to your Middlebury email address on August 15.
You may have also received an email on Sunday, July 31 about the ‘Middlebury New Student Survey.’ If you have not completed the survey, please take the time to do so through the individualized link sent to your email.
Please reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions and follow our Instagram page (@MiddOrientation) for further information. Be sure to tune in every Tuesday for a Takeover Tuesday segment where a current Middlebury student will talk about organizations and initiatives they are involved in on campus. You can also view past Takeover Tuesday segments in the highlight section on our profile.
6.27 Pre-Arrival Checklist Items Due July 1
Hello New Student,
I hope you are having a wonderful summer! I am reaching out to remind you of some Pre-Arrival Checklist items below that are due on Friday, July 1. Please complete them if you have not already.
- Display/Update Preferred First Name and Pronoun(s): Any student can choose to be addressed by the first name that they specify regardless of whether or not they have legally changed their name. Students can also indicate the gender pronoun(s) they use in BannerWeb.
- Create Nelnet Account and Add Authorized Parties: Students are encouraged to set up their account at Nelnet Campus Commerce – Middlebury’s billing and payment service – before the first billing email notification is sent in early July. We recommend students, when setting up their account, also add parents or others as authorized parties. Authorized parties can then set up an account and will have access to view the bill, make payments, and enroll in monthly payment plans. Find more information on accessing your bill here.
- Complete the ADA questionnaire: to determine whether or not you may need accommodations at Middlebury. If you know you require accommodations, you may submit an Accommodation Request Form (ARF). Please note, all requests for special residential accommodations related to disabilities must be made by submitting the ARF.
- Please enter or update your personal information on BannerWeb.
- Update Parent Contact/Family Information: Enter new or update existing information.
- Housing Questionnaire and Contract Due for First Year Students: The first step in the housing process for the Fall semester is to fill out a housing questionnaire, which is available through the Student Housing Portal. (Reminder: You will not receive your housing assignment until all of your Required Health and Immunization forms have been completed and submitted).
6.23 First Year Seminar Registration Closes on June 24
Hello New Student,
I am writing to remind you that First Year Seminar (FYS) registration closes on Friday, June 24 at 5:00 p.m. EST. If you have not registered, please check your email to find the individualized link sent to you by the Registrar’s Office on June 16th. This will lead to a brief questionnaire. Please select six seminars you find most interesting from the list in the FYS Booklet.
If you do not have online access during the selection period, you may email your First Year Seminar choices to Claire Wilkinson, Associate Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6.13 Housing Questionnaire and Contract, Student Health Portal, and First Year Seminar Registration
Hello New Student,
My name is Natalie Tran and I am a rising senior at Middlebury College. I am a member of the Orientation Team and I look forward to connecting with you this summer with updates on your Pre-Arrival Checklist and MiddView. We have a full team ready to support you and we are incredibly excited to meet you in a few months!
Below I have provided a few reminders of some items coming up on your Pre-Arrival Checklist.
Pre-Arrival Checklist Items
- The Housing Questionnaire and Contract opened on June 1 and it is available through the Student Housing Portal. The deadline to complete the housing questionnaire is Friday, July 1 for first years and Sunday, July 31 for transfer and exchange students.
- Your Immunization and Health Records are due in your Student Health Portal on Wednesday, June 15. 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. See more information on required health forms. If you have questions, please contact email@example.com. Students who do not submit immunization records and required health forms will not receive their housing assignment until they do so.
- First Year Seminar Registration will also open on Thursday, June 16. All incoming first years (not transfer or exchange students) will enroll in a First Year Seminar (FYS) as one of four courses in the first semester. Because this course is foundational for new student instruction and advising, it is the first course for which new students register. You will register for your other classes during MiddView. Check your Middlebury email account for the all-important FYS Registration Booklet sent to you on June 8, choose six seminars you find most intellectually engaging, and register between Thursday, June 16 through Friday, June 24.
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 Orientation 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.
Most importantly, you’ll need to complete your Pre-Arrival Checklist. There are deadlines spread out over the next few months, and it’s important to stay on track instead of waiting until the last minute to complete the checklist. 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. Our team will send you regular emails to remind you of upcoming deadlines, but please visit our website now to complete your first three tasks:
- Set up your Middlebury email.
- Review the pre-arrival checklist on Banner.
- Set up your Middlebury College health portal.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in pre-orientation programs and events that take place before fall orientation (MiddView) begins on September 5, 2022.
- 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.
- Other students may be eligible to sign up for the First@Midd Pre-Orientation program, sponsored by the Anderson Freeman Center (AFC), Middlebury’s intercultural center. This program is open to students who are the first in their family to attend college or whose parents/legal guardians did not complete a four-year college or university degree. Students whose parents have degrees but did not complete college in the United States can also attend First@Midd. You can find more information about the program and register at the AFC website. *Note: International First-Gen students who are attending ISSS Pre-Orientation may attend First@Midd sessions as their schedule permits and will have the chance to connect with other First-Gens, but do not need to register.
- Starting August 15, all students will begin completing their online orientation modules, which are due September 2. These modules will cover a wide range of topics related to life at Middlebury to help you get acquainted with the basics of being a student prior to your arrival on campus. During this time, our team will also host a number of optional virtual events for you to take part in. Many of these events will also be open to families.
Move-In Dates and All Student Orientation - MiddView
Preseason athletes have arrival dates that vary by sport and will be communicated by the coaches. Students who choose to participate in the ISSS Pre-Orientation program will have an arrival date of Thursday, September 1. Students who choose to participate in First@Midd will have an arrival date of Tuesday, August 30. All other students are required to arrive on Monday, September 5 between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Near the end of the summer, our team will send out more details regarding the move-in process.
All students—including those who complete the ISSS Pre-Orientation program or First@Midd—will participate in MiddView which will take place between September 5- 11. Students will be placed into small groups of 15, 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, and learn about Middlebury’s culture, community, and expectations for students. More details regarding the schedule will be provided as we approach August.