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Applicants to the Class of 2025 were the first to apply under Middlebury's pilot test-optional policy, which was announced in April 2020 and will remain in place on a trial basis for three years, through fall 2023.

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Middlebury College Receives Record 11,908 Applications to Class of 2025

January 29, 2021

Middlebury, Vt. - The number of prospective students applying to Middlebury College reached a new record high of 11,908 this year–for an increase of 30 percent over last year's total of 9,173. 

Applicants for the Class of 2025 include 10,867 regular decision candidates and 1,041 who applied under the first and second rounds of the Early Decision program. The class will include 357 students accepted through Early Decision I. Expected enrollment for the entering class is 620 students in September and 100 in February.

"We are grateful to have so many outstanding applicants," said Dean of Admissions Nicole Curvin. "Interest remains high in Middlebury because of our small residential community, strong faculty-student relationships, and opportunities in research and global engagement."

Statistics from the Applicants to the Class of 2025

  • States with highest numbers of applications from largest to smallest: New York, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut

  • Countries with highest numbers of applications from largest to smallest: China, Pakistan, India, Canada, and the United Kingdom

  • Number of states represented: 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico

  • Number of countries represented: 140

The number of students of color who applied to the College also increased by 21 percent overall and by 38 percent among international students, compared to last year.

Technology remains critical to the admissions process this year, especially as the pandemic continues, said Curvin. She and her staff relied primarily on online events and social media to reach prospective students.

"We tailored our fall recruitment efforts around virtual experiences to enable prospective students to learn about the distinctive features of a Middlebury education," Curvin said. 

Curvin and her admissions colleagues, along with faculty, current students, and alumni volunteers, connected with more than 2,000 prospective students and their families through virtual events–webinars, information sessions, college fairs, interviews, and visits to schools around the world. Admissions staff used Zoom primarily, but occasionally used Microsoft Teams or other video conferencing systems.

The admissions staff also continued their outreach and relationship building with community based organizations and high schools who serve underrepresented populations, including first-generation, rural, and lower-income students. The College's Discover Middlebury program, which is held every October for students underrepresented in higher education, hosted a record 130 students this year. The efforts have led to positive results–this year 15 percent of students admitted through the Early Decision program are the first in their family to attend college. Last year they represented nine percent of those admitted through Early Decision.

Applicants to the Class of 2025 also were the first to apply under Middlebury's pilot test-optional policy, which was announced in April 2020 and will remain in place on a trial basis for three years, through fall 2023. 

The adoption of a test-optional approach had been under discussion for a year when the pandemic confirmed that it was the time to try a more equitable admissions process, said Curvin. The new policy removed barriers that might prevent students from applying, especially when they faced other obstacles. This year, 51 percent of applicants submitted standardized test scores.

The College's focus on maintaining a safe environment on campus in the fall also contributed to higher applications.

"The entire Middlebury community came together in the fall semester with creativity and collaboration under challenging circumstances," said Curvin. "Prospective students and their families told us they were reassured by the care and concern for safety and health that the College demonstrated when it brought our community back together in the fall."

Admissions decisions will be available online for regular decision applicants on Saturday, March 20.