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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public Safety does a great job with protecting the students on campus. However, they have a history of targeting minorities and basically everyone who doesn't coincide with the typical appearance of a Middlebury student: white, rich, cis-gendered, straight, male (sometimes females). So I suppose I would say it's great for the normal Middlebury student, and not so great for the 'abnormal' Middlebury student.

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.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus security is extremely helpful and campus is extremely safe.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The health center is ok, the nurses mean well but are mediocre. Dr. Mark Peluso, the campus physician, is the man. I've heard people say so many bad things about him, and while he may not be the best and brightest at his position, the man is incredibly hard working and is always there for students who are sick. I have chronic sinusitis and he, my commons dean, and my professors were the only ones who cared. The man is a saint.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not too many evil doers in rural Vermont

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Safest Campuses
  • 490th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1283rd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bohree Kim
Weston, CT
History of Art and Architecture
Grad Year
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Don’t be fooled—although the campus seems to be crawling with cops from dusk ’til dawn, most people don’t see a bit of crime occurring at Middlebury in their entire four-year stay. What security is really scouring the campus for is illegally parked cars, underage drinking, unregistered parties, and drugs. In short, it’s not you that’s in danger—it’s your herb, your Heineken, and your Honda that you need to keep a close eye on. The College does, however, lock its dormitories and all other buildings after 11 p.m., as there have been a few cases of theft in the past couple of years. Drunken vandalism of facilities and dorms also occurs on occasion, which will not threaten your life, but it may threaten your wallet when you receive a “damage fee” at the end of the month. Bike theft, or “borrowing,” is also a favorite student pastime, so be sure to lock yours up.

Overall, Middlebury is an entirely safe locale, from the town to the College. The primary qualms that students have with security are bike theft and dorm room break-ins, which have only been known to occur during long vacations. Other than that, most students leave their rooms unlocked 24 hours a day while on campus. Vandalism and petty student offenses—such as public drinking, rowdiness, and parking illegally—are the most frequent “crimes,” so you’re more likely to be protecting yourself from rampant “security moms” than from hardened criminals.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 4
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
125 S. Main St.
(802) 443-5911 (emergencies); (802) 443-5133 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Access card system (in effect after 11 p.m.)
  • Bicycle registration
  • Emergency call-boxes
  • Lost and Found
  • Midd Rides
  • Safety alerts
  • Safety escorts
Health Center
Parton Health Center
Centeno House, first and second floors
(802) 443-5135
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours care
  • Allergy injections
  • Care of illness and injury
  • Confidential HIV testing
  • Contraceptive counseling
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Psychological support
  • STD testing, free condoms, and counseling
  • Support for students with eating issues
  • Travel immunizations
  • Women's and men's health exams
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Midd Rides, a bus designed to save students from their own aimless, drunken debauchery, sometimes offers cookies to passengers (as long as they aren’t tossing some of their own).

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 26 responses

  • 37% None
  • 21% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Unlit pathways
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Walking alone

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 25 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 40% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 24% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 36% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 48% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 8% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 92% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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