four members of the Scott Center staff sit on outside porch, smiling

Welcome Class of 2026!

The Scott Center is the hub of spiritual life on campus. It’s the place where students gather to explore big questions, celebrate together, find time to reflect, and enjoy social time with other students from all walks of life. This ranges from students who do not identify religiously at all, finding The Scott Center to be a radically hospitable and relaxing place to be, to students who are hoping to delve deeply into one or more spiritual traditions while at college.

Everyone is welcome!

We can’t wait to meet you and hope you can come to our Fall 2022 Orientation events; see below for a complete list.  Click here to see a walking map to our home at 46 South St.

If we can help make this semester a smooth transition and these years a successful and fulfilling part of your life’s journey, please do not hesitate to let us know. Please give us a call at (802) 443-5626.  

We look forward to meeting you and being a part of your life at Middlebury College.

Peace and Blessings,

Saifa Hussain, Associate Chaplain and Muslim Advisor

Ellen McKay Jewett, Program Coordinator

Mark R. Orten, Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life

Rabbi Yitzhak Nates, Associate Chaplain

Orientation Activities from The Scott Center

Introduction to Mindfulness Practices Lunch and Learns
Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 6 and 7 (sign up for either)
12:30-1:30 pm 
46 South Street
Join Dean of Spiritual & Religious Life Mark Orten, Professor Emily Proctor and incoming students to introduce mindfulness concepts and practices.  Students will learn about empirically-verified practices to reduce stress, improve attention and memory, help with sleep, and improve ability to respond to stress with equanimity, along with many other valuable benefits.  We’ll provide the vegetarian lunches. No experience necessary. 
Space is limited, so registration is required.  Please contact Ellen McKay Jewett,, with questions.

UnLearning@Midd: Mindfulness and Anti-Oppression
Tuesday, Sept. 6
8:00 pm
McCullough Reflection Room
Drawing on the principles and practices of mindfulness, we will explore non-violent approaches to dismantling oppressive hierarchies and power structures.  Led by Dean of Spiritual & Religious Life Mark R. Orten.

Scott Center Open House
Wednesday, September 7
2:00-5:00 pm 
46 South Street

Walking Meditation, led by Scott Center Staff
Friday, Sept. 9
4:00 pm
The Labyrinth at The Knoll

Shabbat Dinnner
Friday, September 9
5:00-6:30 pm
Jewish Center at the Freeman International Center


Keep up with The Scott Center!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Read our blog.

Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
46 South Street
Middlebury, VT 05753