Middlebury College of Middlebury, Vermont, is a private institution of higher education that is ranked as one of the top-tier liberal arts colleges. One of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges, Middlebury is unique in the fact that it also offers graduate and specialized programs that operate across the globe. A residential college that is committed to educating students in the tradition of the liberal arts, Middlebury is also nationally known for its programs in environmental studies and its world-class facilities in the sciences. The school’s campus is located in Vermont’s Champlain Valley with the Green Mountains to the east, and New York’s Adirondacks to the west. Established in 1800, Middlebury was one of the first schools in the east to welcome students into its formerly all-male programs, becoming coeducational as early as 1883.
Middlebury is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and offers more than 850 courses in over forty undergraduate majors. Middlebury’s liberal arts curriculum is designed to educate students across many fields and disciplines, providing them with a breadth of experience in addition to in-depth study in a single area as defined by the major. An emphasis is placed on writing across all disciplines in order to sharpen students’ capacity for critical thinking and expression.
Middlebury is renowned for its leadership in language instruction and international study programs. The college’s Graduate and summer programs include the Bread Loaf School of English; Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Montery (MIIS); and the Summer Language Schools in several languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Approximately 50% of Middlebury’s junior class study abroad in more than 40 countries through 90+ programs and universities in Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Russia, Spain, Uruguay, the UK and more. Middlebury’s international programs mission is to cultivate in students the “intellectual, creative, physical, ethical, and social qualities essential for leadership in a rapidly changing global community.”
Middlebury has an enrollment figure of over 2,500, most of whom are undergraduate students. Ranked as one of the top twenty schools in the US for “best quality of life”, more than 140 student organizations are registered at Middlebury, allowing students to connect with fellow classmates who share similar passions, interests, cultures, or beliefs. Middlebury provides students with multiple residential housing options based on the philosophy that students strive together with their room, hall, and dorm mates to create a safe and supportive living environment. First-year and sophomore students typically reside within Middlebury’s Commons communities, while junior and senior year students have a range of housing options available to choose from across campus.
Middlebury is a charter member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and is home to more than 30 NCAA Division III varsity teams. Middlebury has won more than 30 NCAA championships since 1995 and has been ranked #12 nationally by the National Collegiate Scouting Association, based on its student-athlete graduation rate, academic strength, and athletic prowess.