Below you’ll find important overview information that will help you better understand what to expect as a new student at Middlebury College.
BannerWeb is Middlebury’s online database for all students’ academic and personal information. Log in with your Middlebury email address and password.
We have a range of printable and interactive maps that can help you find your way around campus.
In addition to occasional mailings, families can receive the following communications:
- The Middlebury Campus, the weekly student newspaper.
- Middlebury Magazine, the alumni magazine, published quarterly.
- College Engagement Calendar, published annually.
The College Store offers products and services to help with your transition into the residence halls at the start of the year.
- Assorted room supplies (can be ordered online for pickup in store)
- Apple Campus Store
- Textbooks (can be ordered online for pickup in store)
Both Windows and Apple computers are supported on campus. The College Store sells Apple computers, which incoming students are eligible to purchase with an education discount.
Other computer companies also offer educational discounts. See general computer purchase information. Wi-Fi is available in residence halls.
Email is the primary mode of all-College communications—check your account regularly.
Enrollment Billing and Student Financial Services
Student Financial Services is your one-stop shop for financial aid, bursar, and education financing.
Tuition and room and board invoices are accessed through our third-party billing partner, Nelnet Business Solutions. Once you receive your billing notification email, you can view and pay your bill online.
- Bills are issued each semester, due by August 15 (fall) and December 15 (spring).
- Bills are sent electronically to students and designated authorized payers.
- Bills may include campus charges, such as library fines and dorm damage.
- Overdue balances may delay students’ course registration or room draw.
- A $250 late fee may be added to bills not paid on time.
- The tuition bill is ultimately the responsibility of the student.
- Interest-free payment plans are available through Nelnet.
Family Change of Address
To change your mailing address in Middlebury’s database, please contact your student’s dean. To change an address prior to matriculation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incoming faxes may be sent to 802-443- 2068, which is in the College Mail Center and accessible only to Mail Center staff members. The fax is delivered to the student’s mailbox. Please be sure the fax includes both the student’s name and box number. In addition, an outgoing-only fax machine is located in Davis Family Library 142 via the copier. There is no charge to fax from this machine.
Middlebury College is in central Vermont in the town of Middlebury.
See general driving directions. As you approach campus for orientation, signs will direct you to the Welcome Centers.
The closest airport is Burlington International Airport (BTV). It is 35 miles north of Middlebury. Public transportation options are limited. Car rentals are available at the airport.
Amtrak has three stations near Middlebury:
- Port Henry, N.Y. (25 minutes)
- Rutland, Vt. (45 minutes)
- Essex Junction, Vt. (one hour)
See a full list of private taxis and shuttle options.
The Cashier’s Office is open 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday–Friday, for students to cash checks up to $50. One day’s notice is required for larger checks. Several banks in town accept student accounts and have ATMs:
36 Middle Road
47 Creek Road
National Bank of Middlebury
30 Main Street
ATM on campus
People’s United Bank
114 South Village Green
Vermont Federal Credit Union
1 Court Street
Lodging for Families
We recommend that you make lodging reservations well in advance of your intended arrival dates. During orientation, we sometimes offer dorm-style housing for families at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf campus, approximately 20 minutes from campus. Accommodations include breakfast.
Mail and packages are delivered to students’ mailboxes in McCullough Student Center. Your address is as follows:
Student Full Name
Box # Middlebury College
14 Old Chapel Rd
Middlebury, VT 05753
Mailbox information is posted on BannerWeb in August for students arriving in September and in January for students arriving in February. Students have access to their mailboxes from 7 a.m. to midnight daily. The business window has weekday hours from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and is also open Saturday 9 a.m.–noon in September and February. Postage stamps can be purchased at the College Bookstore and MiddXpress.
For packages, we recommend using a service you can track, such as UPS, FedEx, and insured, certified, or registered mail. Students receive an email when their packages have been processed and they will need their IDs for pickup. Packages should not weigh more than 50lbs.
Please do not send packages before August 19, or February 1 for those arriving in February.
Middlebury requires all students to have a U.S.-based medical insurance policy for medical bills, should they arise. If your family plan will not cover you and you do not have an individual plan, you need to purchase one. The College arranges for one suitable plan.
Courtesy telephones are provided in all residence halls in common areas and hallways. These phones may be used for emergency calls to 911 or Public Safety, calls to on-campus locations, and local and toll-free calls. Long-distance calling requires a calling card.
Cell Phone Service
Verizon Wireless, AT&T Wireless, and Sprint offer the best reception for the Middlebury area. Prepaid cards are also an option. For details on any company’s coverage, please visit their websites. To check coverage, use the Middlebury zip code: 05753.
Middlebury recognizes that some members of our community use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. You can indicate your preferred first name regardless of whether or not you have legally changed it—provided that it is not for the purpose of misrepresentation (i.e., inappropriate names or avoiding legal obligation).
Preferred first names that differ from your legal name will be used solely for Middlebury’s internal systems. You can also indicate a gender pronoun (him, her, them, etc.) and name prefix (Mr., Ms., Miss, etc.). If you have questions, contact Jennifer Herrera Condry, associate director of the Anderson Freeman Resource Center, at email@example.com.
What to Pack
Attire is mostly informal, but you will need to dress up on occasion. The winter months bring cold days, so you will want a warm winter coat, hat, scarf, mittens, socks, boots, and sweaters. See our residential policies for details.
- Extra-long twin bed and mattress (36 x 80 inches)
- Closet or wardrobe
- Desk and chair
- Waste basket and recycling bin
- Whiteboard on the door exterior
- Face mirror (some rooms come with full-length mirror as well)
What to Bring
- Twin extra-long (80-inch) sheets, comforter, pillows, blanket(s), and mattress pad
- Towels (two are ideal, one to use while washing the other!)
- Study lamp and/or floor lamp with bulb
- Small area rug or carpet remnant up to 12 x 8 feet in size
- Power strips (instead of extension cords) with surge protection
- Posters, pictures, flags, and other decorations that can be affixed to the wall without using nails, cellophane tape, or screws
What Not to Bring
- Halogen lights
- Non-LED string lights
- Candles, incense, or any devices that create open flames
- Electrical appliances with exposed heating elements such as toasters, heaters, and hot plates (except irons with automatic shutoff mechanisms)
- Pets, except approved support animals
The dates below are for incoming first-year students, arriving in September. International and exchange students should view relevant Orientation information. Students arriving in February should view the February prearrival checklist.
Complete the Accommodations Request Form.
Complete your online health forms and upload required health documents.
- Update your personal information.
- Register for First@Midd Pre-Orientation Program.
Update emergency contact information on BannerWeb.
- Register for your first-year seminar.
Register for housing (transfer and exchange students arriving in September).
- Begin taking online placement exams.
- Update Parent Contact/Family Information in BannerWeb.
- Make a tuition payment.
- Display/update preferred first name and pronoun.
- Complete the health and wellness course.
- Review Annual Security and Safety Fire Report.
A Note to Families about FERPA
One of the ways in which we reinforce students’ development into mature adults is by emphasizing responsibility and accountability for their behavior. When academic or behavioral issues arise, our deans, staff, and professors work directly with students to resolve most matters. Middlebury College typically contacts families or guardians when students are in situations that seriously impact their status at the College including, for example, discipline proceedings, hospitalizations, serious academic difficulties, and situations endangering health and safety. Each student’s dean will reach out to the parents or guardians under these circumstances. It is not unusual for students to receive academic warnings in their first year while they adjust to Middlebury College requirements.
Resources are available to help students plan their work, arrange for tutors, strengthen their study skills, or improve their time management skills. At the end of each semester, grades are posted on a secure website to which students have access, and we strongly encourage students to share this information with their families. As you prepare for your student’s college years, it is important to understand that Middlebury College programs are governed by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA generally prohibits colleges from disclosing personally identifiable information from student education records without a student’s written consent, unless an exception applies.
Education records include information such as Social Security numbers, class schedules, grades, and disciplinary records. Exceptions permit disclosure without a student’s written consent for financial aid, for disclosures to other institutions where the student seeks or intends to enroll, in response to subpoenas, in certain disciplinary matters, for health and safety emergencies, and for disclosures to parents of dependent students at the discretion of the institution. See the complete FERPA policy.