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 who is the first in their family to attend a four-year college, meaning their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) did not complete a bachelor’s degree. In a broader context, students who are the first in their family to attend a four-year college in the United States can also be considered as first-generation. Being first-generation is a very proud accomplishment!
First@Midd pre-orientation is a 5-day program that focuses 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 Pre-Orientation 2022 is from Tuesday, August 30 to Saturday, September 3.
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 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.
Registration for First@Midd 2022 opens on June 1 and will remain open until July 15 at 11:59pm EST.
First-Generation Parent Drop-In Sessions
Parents of First-Gen students have the option of connecting with the AFC throughout the month of July. These are two-hour timeframes where the staff will be present on Zoom. These are open forums for parents to ask questions and get information. Parents can get to know the staff, learn information about what the center is to students and how we support them, and get clarification on all things First@Midd. There will be four drop-ins in total: July 6, July 13, July 20, & July 27 from 2-4 PM.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tuesday, August 30 – Saturday, September 3, 2022
Register here or at go.middlebury.edu/registerfirstatmidd. REGISTRATION CLOSES ON JULY 15, 2022.
No. First@Midd is a pre-orientation only for students who identify as first-generation, which will take place Tuesday, August 30 to Saturday, September 3, 2022. MiddView is the weeklong orientation for all incoming new students and will take place from Monday, September 5 to Sunday, September 11, 2022. As a participant in First@Midd, you will partake in both and remain on campus during this transition. You will have Sunday, September 4 as a day off, which you may use to relax, continue making connections with your First@Midd Mentors and cohort, or do some exploring of your own around the campus or in town. Here is some general information about MiddView orientation.
Meals will be provided for you through dining services.
For housing, you will move into your first-year residence hall on August 30. 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 5) unless your roommate happens to also be in a pre-orientation program.
Please note: You cannot move in earlier than Tuesday, August 30. 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 (August 30) 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 5:00 p.m. on August 30. We cannot accommodate requests earlier than the scheduled move-in date and times.
Family activities/lodging availability are TBD for 2022.
In the past, we offered orientation sessions for families on two separate dates during First@Midd. Schedules are to be determined.
There were options for affordable lodging at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf Campus, since families may not stay in the residence halls with their students. However, in the past few years that has not been feasible.
Family members were invited to the welcome dinner the afternoon of check-in day and family breakfast the next morning. 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 will update this page soon with more information on regarding lodging, meals, and activities.
We are still working on the schedule for 2022. The full schedule will be added here at the end of July.
For further questions about First@Midd, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.