Diversity

Location
Middlebury, VT
Undergrads
2,493
Tuition
$44,111
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Middlebury is fairly homogenous racially and socioeconomically, but in terms of "social diversity" it is pretty diverse. Students are all passionate about a wide array of issues. I never found that the lack of racial or socioeconomic diversity affected the quality of my education.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Liberal School
Majority White, many international

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of different people from a lot of different places

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Many Internationals – Amazing number of internationals an Possee students

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: A Bunch of Rich White Kids – What do you expect at a college that costs 56,000 a year to go to? There is a bit of diversity, but the black kids are actually from Africa and the asian kids are usually from asia. There aren't many ethnic kids from america

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bohree Kim
Hometown
Weston, CT
Major
History of Art and Architecture
Grad Year
2011
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It’s evident that Admissions is attempting to make Middlebury a more diverse campus ethnically. However, this trend is diminished by the fact that many minority students tend to stick together for support. The key is to try and meet many different people as soon as you arrive before everyone becomes obstinately separated into close-knit groups of “diverse” and “non-diverse” students. In addition to an impressive number of international students, Middlebury also boasts students from many states, but most of these are from the New England area or on the West Coast.

For a school deep in the thrushes of the Green Mountains surrounded by an endless supply of small, rather podunk towns that are ethnically uniform, Middlebury does very well at bucking the trend. On the other hand, it doesn’t take much. Despite its share of African American, Asian, Indian, and other international students, the College will still strike you as predominately white and nearly 100 percent Abercrombie. As far as economic status, Middlebury is even less diverse, but unlike comparable schools, most students don’t flaunt their finances and remain very down-to-earth and practical. Overall, as long as you’re open-minded and friendly, it’s entirely possible to find a diverse group to hang out with. Instead of simply trying to branch out from a ring of potential J.Crew models, however, focus on personality—many students at Middlebury have interesting experiences and perspectives to share, no matter where they’re from.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
6%
International
11%
Native American
0%
White
66%
Unknown
5%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
95%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 39%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 16%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
41%
Male Faculty
59%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 72%
Unknown: 14%
Gay Pride
Middlebury becomes more tolerant of homosexuality each year. The Middlebury Open Queer Alliance (MOQA), which hosts campus events annually, is establishing a more prominent presence on campus. More students than ever are "coming out." Middlebury also offers a queer studies house, described as a house for students of any sexual orientation who have demonstrated an academic interest in queer studies.
Political Activity
Middlebury boasts a score of diverse political groups. Yet surprisingly, it manages to avoid major confrontations between Democrats and Republicans-groups tend to fight their battles in a civilized forum. Although the majority of students are generally thought of as politically and socially liberal, throngs of conservatives make their presence known. In fact, many tag Middlebury as a "conservatively liberal" school.
Economic Status
Although many affluent students play the part of the rich kid, you would never know others had a dime by the down-to-earth way they carry themselves.
Most Common Religions
The most visible religious groups on campus seem to be Christian and Bible-study groups. However, Catholic groups are also quite prominent, as well as the Jewish organization Hillel.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Simply put, Middlebury is host to an overwhelming number of minority organizations, which make themselves visible each year via their signature events. Examples include the International Student Organization (ISO) Cultural Show and the RIDDIM World Dance performance in the spring. Students who attend these showcases are generally an eclectic and encouraging group. Acceptance of people from all backgrounds is often celebrated in the most unsuspecting of places, even in a small, rural, New England town.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 4% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 19% Conservative
  • 22% Moderate
  • 44% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 8% Moderate
  • 4% Not sure
  • 65% Liberal
  • 23% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 26 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 31 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 25 responses

  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 8% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 44% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 44% Very accepting.
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