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Middlebury, VT
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$44,111
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Reviews 560 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Not very strict, unless you're a car parked in a not clearly marked "no parking" zone.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life isn't really serious on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Midd is very open-minded and helps celebrate different cultures and beliefs.

Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone lives on campus. Some people can get apartments, but it's not worth it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: It used to be awesome. Churros and quesadillas for midnight breakfast way back in 2006. Last time I had midnight breakfast, it consisted of cold donuts. But, Proctor paninis are super clutch.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's the Northeast! What do you expect? City girls and guys, you'll understand what "winter wonderland" means once you see Midd covered in snow.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: It may be in the middle of nowhere, but you can always find some great parties.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I love the academics here - they were one of my main reasons for choosing Midd. Professors are deeply interested in both the students, and their subjects. Classroom environments are small, friendly, and really foster intellectual growth. There are TAs, but never in the classroom. Rather, TA's tend to grade papers (with the professor's guidance) and run tutoring sessions outside of class time, which are really useful. Professors themselves are busy, and do have their own lives outside of school, so they're not on call 100% of the time (not that they could be expected to be), but, if you're responsible and don't set yourself up for a situation where you need an answer immediately, they're very helpful.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: I chose a cold school because I really didn't want a warm school (general sweatiness = gross), and like cold winters. The problem with Middlebury is, winter never really goes away. Even when it warms up, there are sporadic freezing days, which can get depressing - the fact that winter never goes away. The bigger problem is at night though. Drunkenness/cold are not the greatest mix, and jacket-weather while going out = decent chance of walking home from a party in the cold without a jacket. There's also a pretty serious ice problem in the spring. We'll get rain/snow during the day, have it melt, and then refreeze at night, so the paths late at night/the next morning are dangerously icy. Lots of people fall, and a few people get hurt every year from it.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is off campus dining. It's not horrible, but its nothing to write home about, and most of it is pretty expensive ($10-20/person). Most people rarely eat off campus - the dining hall food is pretty damn good, free, and way more convinient

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Most people are involved in sports, whether intramural, club, pseudo-varsity (rugby and crew are essentially varsity teams with marginally less funding and no laundry benefits), or varsity. Games are attended, but very few by more than a handful of supporters.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is at least one thing going on at Midd per night, 3 nights a week, for almost every week of the semester. Depending on the time in the semester, there might be 4/5 different parties going on per night, in which case there will be something that appeals to most people, or there might be 1/none, where a lot of people will choose to just extend their pregames. The parties at Midd are very repetitive - a Palmer party is a Palmer party is a Palmer party - same thing every time. Bad parties are a rarity, but, the scene can get boring after a while. There are definitely nights where people enjoy their pregames more than they think they'd enjoy a party, and you end up with 30-40 people drinking and hanging out in a dorm room. All of this being said, going out can be a blast. Social houses here know how to throw down, and the Atwater Suites and the Mods go absolutely wild.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People here are overwhelmingly attractive, mainly because everyone stays so fit. There is a real hook-up culture here, but Middlebury is not the orgy that some people imagine college to be like (/what some colleges are actually like).

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College Freshman

Scholarships: Middlebury does not give out merit-based aid (which my parents never understood/were pretty upset about). They do give out need-based financial aid, but my family is able to afford my tuition, so I had no experience with applying for need-based aid.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: It is possible to get off of campus, but unless you have a car, it's not easy. There are school run shuttles to the airport for breaks, but they're typically pretty inconvenient with when they're run. The same goes for shuttles to the snow bowl. To go anywhere else requires booking a car service (expensive), or having a car. There are zipcars on campus (I think), but they're pretty much unused (really not sure why).

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Once your tuition, fees, books etc are paid for, it is possible to live (survive) at Middlebury on little to no money. That said, surviving and thriving are different. Most people go out with their friends, and things, while not particularly expensive, aren't dirt cheap either (a midnight meal at The Grille is ~$10, movie in town ~$10, required contribution for a sports team/club gathering ~$10, gas money for weekend trips, etc). There are a few good places to eat in town, but it's rare for anyone to go into town to eat/go out unless it's someone's birthday/they have family or friends coming to visit - life is very concentrated on campus - partially because there are ALWAYS things to do and good food on campus, and not much reason to ever leave.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Middlebury is the definition of a work hard, play hard school. Everyone is smart, dedicated, and looking to have a good time. A very sizable percentage of the students smoke weed, and nearly everyone drinks (although the range of intensity on both habits is huge - from once a month to once + a day for both). Overall, life here is a non-stop blast - you're always either working (on interesting work assigned by great professors), hanging out (with some of the most amazing people in the world), working out (Middlebury is a VERY fit campus), or partying hard. I wouldn't want college (or life) any other way.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pubsafe officers are generally friendly, but depending on the night, can either be very laid-back, or complete hardos. I've had nights out where I've gone to 3+ parties, and had pubsafe break all of them up. I've also had nights where they're no where to be found. Then there are the strange nights, where they show up, and do nothing (a recent party had the entire campus police force show up, park their cars, and walk through drunken mobs of kids just saying hi - probably to make sure we were all being safe). Generally, unless you're hosting a party, pubsafe is nothing to worry about.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs, and they're rarely ever full - because everyone uses their own computers. There aren't any large wifi dead-zones, but there are definitely spots on campus where its not quite as strong as other places. That said, most places you'd ever want to do work, there's at least halfway decent wifi available. Printing is basically free - the cost per page is minimal, and you're given $60 of credit per semester included with tuition. I have yet to meet anyone who's used all $60 of credit.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Midd has a lot of diversity, in that there are a lot of non-white people. However, there is very little diversity in personality. People are overwhelmingly white and wealthy. Or non-white and wealthy and east coast cultured. Some people break from that mold, but Midd can seem slightly homogenous at times. Politically, most are liberal-leaning/indifferent. Most of the rest are very liberal and actually care. A select few could be called moderate republicans. Overall, not a conservative school at all.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: As far as college food goes, Middlebury has it down. It can get a bit repetitive, but - what college doesn't? Overall though, the quality of the food here is amazing, and it's all included in tuition - as much as you want, whenever you want (between 7-11, 12-2, and 5-8 anyway)

5 College Freshman

Academics: Not every class is exceptional, but the academics here overall are pretty spectacular. Professors love their jobs, and are here to focus on the students. Pretty universally, they want their students to learn, and spend as much time as needed in and out of class to make sure that happens. Most are very passionate about their field, and are great people to learn from. There is a lot of work, but its manageable - if you're smart enough to get in, you're smart enough to get by fine.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Middlebury is a very green school, in both senses of the word - we're very environmentally friendly, and we smoke a lot of weed. That said, most people don't let weed get in the way of everything else - people here are responsible and hard working. Most people drink on the weekends - very few during the week. Cocaine/Molly/LSD/Shrooms are all here to be found, but not particularly common unless you're on a sports team/in a social house that trips together (even then, many opt out, which is no big deal). The surrounding area has a heroin problem, but heroin hasn't seem to have found its way on campus. Generally, people use drugs/alcohol responsibly - very few have any sort of problem, and most/all keep up with the work and their other activities on campus. Pubsafe is strict on alcohol, in that they search out parties/gatherings, shut them down, make the residents pour out all the booze, and hand out citations. However, citations don't go on your record, have no fine, and really don't do much unless you get quite a few in a short span.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Dorm parties get broken up, but discipline is nbd

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: 1 coed frat. Some fun thursdays, not much else

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Bohree Kim
Hometown
Weston, CT
Major
History of Art and Architecture
Grad Year
2011
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Most people you talk to who are still in school at Middlebury are more than satisfied with their college experience or else they wouldn’t be doling out the high tuition to come here. The academics are outstanding, though you may wonder where your classes will take you later. Students often wish they toiled less at the books and more at the booze, but the pristine facilities tend to distract from scholastic misery. Professors are brilliant, witty, and sympathetic, although there are some haughty bumps in the road. The on-campus social scene is lively and shot through with school spirit. The athletics puts Middlebury at the top of its division, and the area is quaint (“quaint,” unfortunately, being the opposite of any adjective suggestive of “nightlife”).

Middlebury provides an incredibly varied experience—an opportunity to stick your paintbrush in all shades of colors, so to speak. Students can leave Middlebury with seven different areas of study, visits to 10 foreign countries, and/or stories of rock climbing in New Zealand under their belts. Sure, you’ll inevitably take a class or two that ends up as the bane of your existence for a semester, and you will cringe at the titanic tuition bill every month, but the people you’ll meet and the places you’ll go will set your experience apart from those of other students in your high school’s graduating class. The daunting ambitions of others around you will provide a constant challenge to your own motivations, actions, and thoughts.

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