Campus Strictness

Middlebury, VT
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The college is strict about all the wrong things.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Here to Help – Pub safe and your RAs are there to help and will let you off for minor stuff.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Really Strict. Policies are there and serious ones (esp sexual harassment) are enforced strictly. Otherwise, they are pretty relaxed.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Consequences Are Reasonable. Nobody at Midd is out to get you. If you break a rule and are caught, your case will be reviewed and given appropriate punishment.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: While Middlebury likes to think they are pretty strict about drinking, I don't think they are. In order to get a citation for drinking underage, you have to be holding alcohol (so just set it down as soon as an officer enters the party). They start to really crack down at 3 citations and send you to an alcohol education class. After 5 I think you get sent home, but I'm not positive. The issues that have been more prevalent this year have been campus vandalism. We racked up a large bill this year in dented walls, uprooted trees and shattered lights. Luckily nothing serious happened, but needless to say the administration was not happy.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 211st
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 653rd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 826th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bohree Kim
Weston, CT
History of Art and Architecture
Grad Year
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This campus is not host to screaming hoards of security officers and other whistleblowers by any means. Quite frankly, you’ll get away with drinking and even more if you are halfway discreet about it. Oftentimes, security officers are too busy busting parking offenders and criminal Christmas light-stringers to be bothered with all of the underage debauchery. Everyone knows that it’s rampant, particularly on weekends, and security hardly has the numbers to make a dent in the drunkenness. If you are stupid about breaking policy, however, you will, and deserve to be, caught. Acts of vandalism and bike theft (or “borrowing,” as Middlebury students like to call it) are considered more serious offenses and are punished accordingly.

A helpful hint: if you would like to host a party, register it first, or you will run the risk of getting busted for an informal, overly boisterous booze fest. Also, if you’re one of those people incorrigibly in love with illegal substances, at least make an attempt to keep the use of them restricted to your room by closing the door. Security knows what pot smells like, too, and will not buy the “medicinal purposes” argument. It’s already been tested.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Burning candles or incense
  • Carrying around open containers of alcohol on campus
  • Hanging Christmas lights in dorm rooms
  • Hanging tapestries on ceilings or decorations on sprinklers (fire hazards)
  • Hosting an unregistered party
  • Making too much noise in a dorm room or suite
  • Parking illegally
  • Stealing bikes
  • Underage drinking
  • Using illegal drugs
Visitation Policies
Very lenient, but if your friend is bringing a car to campus, make sure to register him or her and the car at Public Safety to avoid hefty fines.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 25 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 14% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 43% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 43% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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