Bread Loaf Housing Option

Middlebury College continues to respond to and manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes accommodating students who opted for leaves of absence, students whose study abroad programs were canceled, and a larger than usual number of first-year students, due to record applications.

Our primary goal is to allow students who wish to return to campus to do so. As a result, the College expects to enroll about 2,880 students in fall 2021 and will open its Bread Loaf campus for residential housing. We anticipate creating an exciting and vibrant community for approximately 90 juniors and seniors on the Bread Loaf campus. We continue to explore other options for residential housing, including local hotel rooms and other locations.

Middlebury’s Bread Loaf campus is home to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, including the country’s oldest writers’ conference; the Bread Loaf School of English, the largest master’s program in English; and the Rikert Nordic Center. The Bread Loaf Inn was winterized and renovated in 2015, including the addition of all new electrical and data wiring and insulation, a new kitchen, dining room, and an elevator to create a fully accessible building. Read more in our News story.

Bread Loaf Frequently Asked Questions

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Middlebury College continues to respond to and manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes accommodating students who opted for a leave of absence during the past three semesters and students whose study abroad programs were canceled. As we transition to more normal operations, we continue to face challenges but also have opportunities to find creative solutions.

We are committed to allowing all students who wish to return to campus to do so. We offered students the choice of studying remotely, attending in-person, or to defer for a semester or year and we do not want any student to have to further interrupt their Middlebury education. To support those additional students we will both be adding the Bread Loaf housing option and creating additional courses. Our goal is to allow students who wish to return to campus to do so in the upcoming academic year.

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We typically have about 2,500 students on campus. The higher number of students is mostly a result of students returning from leaves of absence during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes some seniors who took a semester or year off and some student-athletes who are returning to their sports with the expectation of a more normal season. Others are first-year students who deferred enrollment for a semester or a year. This group also includes students who would ordinarily be abroad. In addition, we have a larger incoming class, in part due to a record number of applicants and a high yield of students who have accepted offers of admission.

The number of enrolled students likely will decrease in the spring 2022 semester by around 100 students. Generally, we expect to have between 250 and 300 students more than normal this academic year. It is our goal to allow anyone who wishes to return to campus and meets academic requirements to do so. We are committed to providing the least amount of disruption to our students’ education as we continue to navigate the pandemic.

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We expect to house about 90 students at the Bread Loaf campus. These will be designated as single and double rooms for juniors and seniors with shared bathrooms and other common areas. We will assign three residential life staff (one professional and two student staff members) to live on the Bread Loaf campus with students.

We are working to ensure that the students who live at Bread Loaf will experience the same sense of community that is present across Middlebury. Students at Bread Loaf will enjoy all the same support from their deans, the Center for Health and Wellness, and all other service providers their peers housed on the main campus will. There will also be programming and events designed and scheduled specifically for students at Bread Loaf that will be open to any other students who wish to join. Bread Loaf will offer a vibrant, active, and connected student community.

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Yes. Any student who lives at Bread Loaf this year will be allowed to participate in an advanced housing selection process for fall ‘22 housing prior to the regular spring processes; this draw will include highly desirable rooms, suites, and townhouses, and will be open only to Bread Loaf residents and friends they wish to bring into their housing groups.

We will offer a 50 percent room and board discount per semester for Bread Loaf residents.

Bread Loaf residents will be eligible for a season pass to both the Snow Bowl and the Rikert Nordic Center with free ski equipment rentals.

While we do not anticipate much housing flexibility in the spring ‘22 housing processes, fall ‘21 Bread Loaf residents will be given first opportunity to move if they wish to do so and opportunities become available. 

We are arranging a regular, frequent, and reliable shuttle service between Bread Loaf and the main campus, including at night and on weekends. Other transportation arrangements are being planned to facilitate easy travel as well. 

All Bread Loaf residents with registered vehicles will receive a faculty/staff parking pass, allowing them to park anywhere on campus with the exception of ADA-only spaces. 

An on-campus location is being identified to serve as a Bread Loaf student lounge.  

Free laundry service. 

Additional planning is underway for activities and events to be held at Bread Loaf this winter. We can and will bring campus happenings to Bread Loaf!

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Information about tuition, room, and board at Middlebury is available here. Many students do not pay the full amount, however, as we meet the full demonstrated need of all admitted students and we are need-blind. We cannot, therefore, offer an accurate number of how much tuition, room, and board will be collected.

Operating the Bread Loaf campus also will present additional costs that typically are not incurred during the academic year, so the revenue will be used to cover those expenses and general operating costs.

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Yes, we have reserved five rooms at the Middlebury Inn and 10 rooms (20 beds) at the Marriott in Middlebury. No other hotel or inn rooms have been reserved at this time.

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By creating an intentional community, we believe we will attract a group of people for which the experience of living on the Bread Loaf campus matches their interests and academic program. Just as for any other housing on campus, students who need to move due during the semester may contact Residential Life to request a move or other accommodation. The request will be evaluated based on need and availability of other housing options at that time.

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We are committed to ensuring access to all students who wish to return to Middlebury for an in-person education and living experience and for those who were most recently admitted. We think Bread Loaf will be an exciting option for some students who wish to engage in this unusual opportunity. Students housed at Bread Loaf will receive a 50 percent discount on room and meals each semester they live there.

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We are looking into the possibility of offering some classes at the Bread Loaf campus but they will not necessarily correspond to the students living there.

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We are working to arrange a regular, frequent, and reliable shuttle service between Bread Loaf and the main campus, including at night and on weekends. Other transportation arrangements are being planned to facilitate easy travel as well. 

In addition, all Bread Loaf residents with registered vehicles will receive a faculty/staff parking pass, allowing them to park anywhere on campus with the exception of ADA-only spaces.

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We will continue to offer the option of attending classes remotely when possible in the event of inclement weather, illness, or another health concern.

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As of mid-August, there are approximately 2865 students enrolled for the fall semester, though this could drop slightly before the start of the year. This is about 315 more than a typical year. This is a direct result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, during which our goal has been and remains to give students as much choice as possible in how, where, and when they choose to pursue their education. The following factors have contributed to this high number of students:

  • Several hundred students took all or part of last year off. Almost all of them now wish to return. 
  • Our study abroad programs continue to be impacted by the pandemic. About 150 students who would ordinarily be abroad are now projected to be on campus. 
  • Interest in a Middlebury education has never been stronger, and consequently a higher percentage of prospective new students offered admission have accepted than is typical, yielding a large incoming class. This includes new students who deferred last year. For these reasons, the incoming class will include about 50 more students than usual.

It is essential to keep in mind that our student count is not a static figure, and will continue to decrease as the summer continues. The main challenge we face now is that it is not falling nearly as quickly as it would in a typical year.

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We will continue to offer in-person services on the downtown Middlebury campus and virtual meetings when possible both on the Middlebury and Bread Loaf campuses. Students at Bread Loaf will enjoy all the same support from their deans, the Center for Health and Wellness, and all other service providers their peers housed on the main campus will.

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Yes, we plan to provide lockers on the main campus for those living at Bread Loaf. In addition, an on-campus location is being identified to serve as a Bread Loaf student lounge. 

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Yes, we will be creating additional courses. This will include new sections of introductory-level courses that will be available to our incoming class.

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We are offering current faculty the opportunity to teach additional courses. We also are looking into the possibility of hiring additional adjunct faculty for the upcoming academic year.

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Yes, services at Bread Loaf will include residential life programming, supervision, and support; facilities and custodial services; emergency services and Public Safety; and transportation. Dining services will be provided at the Bread Loaf campus.

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We typically house students who are part of our ski patrol at the Bread Loaf campus during J-term. We also use the campus for summer programs, including the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences and the Bread Loaf School of English. And in 1883, when Middlebury became co-ed, the College considered using it for women students but decided against it.

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Information Technology Services is evaluating needs and working on a plan to meet the needs of students and staff on the Bread Loaf campus.

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Possibly. We have been in discussions with Middlebury town leaders and kept them apprised of our plans. Typically about 100 students live off campus during the academic year. We have currently released 127 students to live off campus of they choose.

Inn on the Green

Middlebury College issued the following statement on Friday, August 20 regarding its purchase of the Inn on the Green in Middlebury.

Middlebury College plans to purchase the Inn on the Green in downtown Middlebury and will use the property for student housing for the next few years. We expect to house about 25 upperclass students (juniors and seniors) in the 12 rooms and carriage house on the property starting in the fall semester and for the next few years. The inn property offers a convenient location within close walking distance to campus and amenities. Our plan is to resell the property at a later date for use as an inn serving Addison County, visiting families, alumni, and tourists.

We are gratified by this community partnership as we continue to respond to and manage effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including higher than usual enrollment. This includes accommodating students who opted for leaves of absence, students whose study abroad programs were canceled, and a larger than usual number of first-year students, due to record enrollments. Our highest priorities are responsibly managing the health and safety of our community and maximizing access to an in-person education for our students.

The expected timeline for use of the property for student housing is about three years, after we return to a more regular enrollment of about 2,500 students.

Prerrival Testing and Move-In Questions and Answers

Following are questions and answers about Middlebury’s prearrival testing requirement and move-in procedures.

Prearrival Testing

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Any PCR test is acceptable. Antigen tests are not accepted.

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No. We understand that unavoidable travel delays sometimes occur and will work with you in the event of unanticipated delays.

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If you will be in the United States for 14 or more days prior to coming to campus, please list a domestic address. Otherwise, list your international address or addresses. Remember that students traveling domestically need to provide documentation of a prearrival test from no more than three days prior to their arrival to campus. This is required even if they had a negative test a couple of weeks earlier for international travel.

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Free testing is widely available. If you are unable to secure free PCR testing, and the cost of testing presents a significant financial hardship, you may be eligible for assistance. Contact the Dean of Students Office at dos@middlebury.edu. Please remember to attach a copy of your receipt so that it may be considered for reimbursement.

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It applies to all students. It does not apply to parents briefly spending time on campus. Parents and family members must be fully vaccinated or have a valid medical or religious exemption and must wear well-fitting face coverings when inside campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

Arrival Testing

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Students who are traveling from an international point of origin and students who are unable to be fully vaccinated before arrival must be tested upon arrival. They will receive appointments for follow up tests on Days 3 or 4 and Day 7 after their arrival.

Students who do not have documentation of a prearrival negative test also may be directed to arrival testing.

Move-In

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Yes, fully vaccinated family members or those with medical or religious exemptions are allowed on campus for move-in. Vaccination status is on the honor system. Well fitting face coverings are required. 

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Details about after-hours arrivals will be in an upcoming message from the Residential Life team, but you will be given access to your room, and international arrivals and unvaccinated students who are required to have a test will be able to make arrangements for a test the next day.