Applications for the 2021 session will be available September 15. 

Most applicants use the online application. If you prefer not to use the online application, you can download the application. Or you can receive an application by mail by contacting the Bread Loaf Office.

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Step One: The Application Form

Campus Choice

You can apply to any one of the three campuses and can attend different campuses in subsequent summers. Do not apply to more than one campus. If you are accepted and the campus for which you have applied is full, you can choose to stay on the waitlist or accept immediate admission to an available campus.

Degree or Continuing Education

Select one category. If you’re unsure at this point about pursuing a degree, just let us know your probable intent at this time. You can change your status later. Degree and non-degree applications include the same requirements, and students in good academic standing can switch between the degree and non-degree tracks at any time. Read more about our degree and continuing education program options.

Financial Aid

You may submit an application for financial aid at any time, but the application is considered only after you have been admitted. Since our financial aid budget is limited, we recommend an early application. Offers are made through Middlebury’s Office of Student Financial Services. They will be your contact throughout the financial aid application process and can help you with any questions.

Bread Loaf offers special funding made possible by grants and gifts. These entail additional application forms with requirements and deadlines.

Step Two: Required Materials

You must submit the items listed below to complete your application. The online application allows uploading of the statement of purpose and writing sample, but you can alternatively submit them via email to or postal mail to the address below.

Please note that the COVID-19 outbreak has required that our staff work from home. This means that our receipt of hard-copy application materials may be delayed. At this time, we encourage all applicants to submit electronic materials whenever possible. 

Application Fee

The application requires a nonrefundable $75 fee. The fee is waived for Middlebury College undergraduates, all Middlebury alumni, and anyone who has applied to Bread Loaf and paid the fee in past years.


Official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work you have completed must be sent directly to Bread Loaf or sent to you in a sealed envelope and forwarded to us (still in the sealed envelopes).

We also accept official electronic transcripts delivered via a secure source to

Foreign transcripts submitted by applicants to the MA or MLitt programs must be accompanied by a degree-verification international credential evaluation report, performed by a certified educational credential evaluation service.

Letters of Reference

We require two letters of reference, using the Bread Loaf reference form. Academic recommendations are most useful, though professional letters are also acceptable. If possible, at least one of your references should address your capacity for graduate work in literature. Additional letters are permitted.

Read the reference forms carefully and print your name at the top of each. If you waive your right to inspect material in your file, you should sign your name in the space marked “Signature of Applicant” and date it.

Both letters, with forms, must be signed and dated and placed in sealed envelopes before being returned to you. They can also be mailed directly to the Bread Loaf office.

We will accept letters of recommendation sent by email only if they are sent by the person writing the letter using an institutional email address (school or college or place of business), preferably on institutional letterhead and in PDF format. Emailed letters should be accompanied by the waiver form.

Statement of Purpose

Provide a brief statement telling us your reasons for wanting to attend the Bread Loaf School of English. You might include an outline of professional or personal goals, a description of your academic background or current interests, or any other information that will help us assess your candidacy.

Writing Sample

We require a 7-10 page writing sample. These are typically literary-critical essays, including papers written for past college courses. Other options include book reviews, newspaper articles, journal excerpts, extended lesson plans, and pieces of creative writing.

MLitt applicants must submit a 12-15 page sample of recent graduate-level writing. Your essay should evidence your skill in analyzing texts as well as in confronting critical/secondary literature. Students hoping to pursue a concentration in the creative arts may submit a portion of a creative portfolio.

Proposed Field of Study (MLitt Applicants Only)

MLitt applicants must submit a preliminary description of their proposed field of study. The proposal should be designed with an eye to the kinds of courses Bread Loaf offers—see previous Course Catalogs—and it should describe how you see those courses fitting within a concentration. We are also interested in why you wish to pursue this project at Bread Loaf. Once accepted to the MLitt program, and after your first summer in the program, you’ll be asked to submit a longer, more detailed field proposal.

Step Three: Submission of All Materials

In addition to submitting the online application, send your supplementary materials to Any hard-copy application materials may be sent to:

Melissa Nicklaw
Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English
75 Franklin Street
Middlebury VT 05753

We cannot review your application until all materials have been submitted. You can monitor the arrival of your application materials (including the receipt of your $75 application fee) within the application by using the login ID and PIN that you created when you applied. Select Apply Now and log back into your application under Submitted Applications. Once your application has been processed, we will update or modify this list as required. Please allow up to two weeks for submitted materials to be logged on the checklist.

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