Stay connected with Bread Loaf or reconnect if you’ve been out of touch. 

You will find below information about requesting a letter of recommendation, ordering an official transcript, or learning about resources available to all Bread Loaf students, past and present.

Official Transcripts

To obtain an official Bread Loaf transcript, you must submit a request in writing to the registrar’s office.

Letters of Recommendation

Requests for letters of recommendation should be directed to Melissa Nicklaw at in the Bread Loaf office and not directly to Bread Loaf faculty. These letters incorporate comments written by the Bread Loaf faculty and they will be kept on file in the Bread Loaf office for future use.

Melissa will pass your request on to the associate director, who will write the letter. Be sure to include the address(es) to which the letter(s) should be sent, as well as any applicable deadlines, forms, or other necessary information. Requests should be received by the Bread Loaf office at least one month before you’ll need the letter.

JSTOR and Project Muse Access for Alumni

As an alumnus/a of Middlebury you can access hundreds of multi-disciplinary scholarly journals in the arts, sciences, and social sciences. Access to JSTOR (short for journal storage) includes a full-text archive of thousands of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Some books are also included. (Note that current journal content in JSTOR is excluded from alumni access.) Project Muse includes full text access to hundreds of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics from the 1990s to present. Some books are also included. Funding for this service is provided by the Middlebury College Library.

JSTOR and Project Muse Access for Alumni

Career Services

Middlebury’s Center for Careers and Internships is ready to assist you as you contemplate career decisions. Visit the website for information about how to arrange a meeting with one of their career advisors for resume building advice, practice interviews, or networking tips.


All Bread Loaf students and alumni receive a free account on BreadNet, an electronic network that provides an e-mail account and is also used to link the classrooms of Bread Loaf teachers. The primary goals of BreadNet are to perpetuate the Bread Loaf community throughout the year and to encourage collaboration among all Bread Loaf teachers, faculty, and their classrooms. All Bread Loaf students, faculty, staff, and graduates are invited to join. We see many old friends joining discussions in “Cyberbarn.”

Faculty, staff, students, or graduates requesting access to BreadNet may email Caroline Eisner, director of BreadNet, at to request an account. BreadNet requires client software, which you may download for free via our download site.

Returning to Bread Loaf

Bread Loaf graduates may of course apply to return for a summer or two. Returning students who have not attended Bread Loaf in the past 10 years or more will be asked to submit new application materials.

A gratifying number of our MAs apply to the Bread Loaf MLitt program. All students, even Bread Loaf MAs, must apply formally to the MLitt program. Read about the MLitt under “Program Information.”


While we cannot offer lodging for visitors during the summer, many former students visit Vermont to see the play each summer, or stop by St. John’s College in Santa Fe for a reading or lecture. Summer contact information and schedules of major summer events at all three campuses will be posted on the individual campus pages in early June.