First@Midd is a pre-orientation program that provides support to incoming students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year college, also known as first-generation student.
A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor’s degree. Being first-generation is a very proud accomplishment!
This 4-day pre-orientation program is focused on acquainting you with many useful resources and offices at Middlebury, helping you navigate the sometimes complicated social and academic aspects of college life, and connecting you to members of our community who may be key to your success.
First@Midd 2020 begins on Thursday, September 3, and ends on Monday, September 7, allowing you to fully participate in MiddView, Middlebury’s incoming student orientation program.
During First@Midd, you will participate in activities, workshops, and educational and social events that will allow you to have fun meeting other students while at the same time preparing you for the transition to college life.
Our goal is to help you build community, forge relationships, and learn some skills and strategies that can make your first year successful and enjoyable.
Frequently Asked Questions
September 3–7, 2020
Registration will open in May. REGISTRATION CLOSES ON JULY 6.
No. First @ Midd is only offered to incoming students who identify as first-gen. It will take place September 3-7, 2020. MiddView is the weeklong orientation for all incoming new students and will begin September 2, immediately following the First @ Midd closing celebration. As a participant in First @ Midd, you will partake in both and remain on campus during this transition. Here is some general information about MiddView orientation.
Meals will be provided through dining services for you and your family.
For housing, you will move into your first-year residence hall on September 3. You will only move in once, as this will be your room for the remainder of the year. You will most likely meet your roommate the first day of MiddView (September 7).
Please note: You cannot move in earlier than September 3. Due to decreased staffing prior to the start of the program, we cannot make any exceptions to the move-in date and times.
Please visit Middlebury’s orientation page for information about how to get to campus, public transportation, and parking information.
With notice, we offer free transportation from Amtrak in Port Henry, NY (POH) and Burlington Airport (BTV) to Middlebury on the day of arrival only (September 3) between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please keep this in mind when making your travel arrangements. We will share shuttle information upon registration.
Please note: There is no Uber or Lyft in Middlebury.
We will have signs directing you towards the Anderson Freeman Resource Center in Carr Hall (452 College Street), which will serve as our welcome center for First@Midd participants. You will pick up your issued ID cards, your room keys and program materials. You can then move in to your assigned residence halls.
Please arrive between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on September 3. We cannot accommodate requests earlier than the scheduled move-in date and times.
We offer an orientation for families on September 3 and 4. For details, please refer to the First@Midd schedule for families below. Families should make their final departure from campus after breakfast by 9:30 a.m. on September 5.
Check back soon to register for First@Midd Family Orientation.
First@Midd participants will move into their residence halls upon arrival on September 3. Please note that families may not stay in the residence halls with their students.
We will update this page soon with information about affordable lodging at our Bread Loaf Campus for families who plan to attend First@Midd Family Orientation. Lodging at Bread Loaf will be available for two nights starting September 3 with checkout on September 5.
Our Thursday welcome dinner and Friday breakfast include both students and their families. For other meals, families will have the opportunity to eat with their students in one of our Dining Halls at no charge.
Families and students are welcome to explore some of the local eateries on their own in town. Find more information about where to eat.
We are still working on the schedule for 2020. Check out the 2018 schedules for a general sense of the times and types of activities taking place.