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Reviews 428 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Middlebury is ahead of the curve in terms of supporting students through vulnerable experiences on campus. However, Middlebury is still working on how to best support students from diverse backgrounds (racial, ethnic, nationality, gender, socioeconomic, and those with intersecting identities from these aforementioned groups).

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: The commons spaces work really well when you are a first year and sophomore, but this becomes a little dry once you are an upperclassmen. However the options for housing gets better as you get older

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Middlebury has its issues that it needs to work out, but it is wiling to move in the right direction, which this is a lot to say compared to other schools I have heard of. I would choose to come back if I could do it all over again!

5 College Senior

Athletics: Middlebury has state of the art sports facilities!

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors and curriculum are all amazing. Some students struggle with the workload for sure, but it's kind of expected at such a prestigious and academic school.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus. And I can leave my laptop, bag, and phone anywhere on campus for hours and feel comfortable knowing that it'll all be there when I return.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors here are extremely helpful. They are truly here to teach above anything else. They go out of their way to not only make sure that you understand, but also to make sure that you're comfortable and happy. Classes are extremely interesting due to the material but also due to the professors teaching them. There are so many different class options and class sizes are small and perfect.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Good employers have heard of Middlebury College and know that it's a prestigious institution.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Almost everyone lives on campus. It's the best. The commons system fosters such an amazing sense of community. The parties are all open no matter where they are. It really feels like a community.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's the best because we don't have it. Greek life is not what the people here want.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are important and almost everyone is involved in some sport, but they don't dominate life here. Everyone here knows that we are here to get an education and that that's what comes first.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is such an incredible sense of community at this school. People really are made to feel like they belong. Professors truly are teachers and they spend as much extra time helping students as is needed. And every school days they foster close relationships between students and their professors, but I think Middlebury truly does this to the fullest. Professors eventually become friends, and they often go out of their way to not just be helpful but also to be kind and compassionate. The workload is hard but that's what you get when you go to an incredible school. I am so happy here, even though it is far from easy.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nightlife is pretty much all on campus with the exception of a couple bars in town for the above 21 crowd. Parties on campus are pretty much hosted mostly by the male sports teams, but really anyone can get into them.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You can can find parties every Saturday night going down in either Atwater or Palmer as well as a few other houses on campus. Friday nights can be a little more dead but still usually happening. Thursdays and Sundays can also be fun, depending on the week.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many students are involved with athletics on some level whether it be varsity, jv, or club sports. All the varsity teams are usually pretty good at a minimum, and many of the team complete of the national level. Teams get a good amount of support from fans, given it is a division 3 school. The athletic facilities are awesome.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors here are great, I have had very few professors that I did not like. Most are extremely engaging and very invested in their students' learning. Registration can be stressful, especially freshman year, but it typically works itself out during the add/drop period. Workload at times can be overwhelming, but not more than to be expected from any top college. Lots of great study spaces around campus with a variety of atmospheres.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall I have had a great experience at Middlebury. I typically enjoy all of my classes and find that sometimes the most fascinating classes are the ones I picked randomly to try something new. I think the social scene, all though can be some what repetitive, is a lot of fun. You see a lot of familiar faces when you go out as you spend more time here, which is definitely nice. Being a part of a sports team also contributes a lot to my experience but I think people have just as great experiences who are not on sports teams. Everyone seems to find their group, whether it be a team or extracurricular on campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As a part of a sports team, I can say that I have an incredibly strong support network at this school. I feel very comfortable in everything I do and can get an inside scoop about anything. The party scene is very fun and the students are all incredibly interesting.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The faculty is superb--all are engaging, insightful, and experts in their fields. They are approachable, wonderful to discuss with during office hours, and an overall delight under which to study. The students here are all "intelligent," but I wish that there were fewer varsity athletes, and more people who are genuinely intellectually curious, though that may just be because I am in a suite with four varsity athletes. Regardless, there are too many econ majors here, and I would say too many science as well. I was expecting more humanities majors here, but the students who are in the humanities I've found to be curious and intellectual. I appreciate the distribution requirements though, as they force an intellectual broadening that may not have taken place otherwise. The food is excellent on the whole, and the dining program is literally unbeatable--you walk in and you get food. The courses are varied and intriguing, and other than perhaps your first year, you pretty much get every class you want. It's harder to get intro courses though. The facilities are honestly unbelievable to me, as is the campus. The chapel, the mountains, the cemetery make the campus seem straight out of a fairytale. I don't know if there exists a scientific explanation for this, but I swear the skies/sunsets here are better than I've ever seen in my life, on par with traditional tourist locations. The library is by all accounts fantastic, and there are two 18-century-esque study rooms that make spending an evening studying almost a pleasure. The student organizations here are above average, and I would say almost everyone is involved in at least one. Parties are largely dominated by sports teams, but once they get underway, no one really notices who comes in and out. There is not a lot of pressure to drink, but I'd say it would be difficult to enjoy the acme of a party otherwise. The dorms are fine, I have no complaints. Biggest complaint is the number of athletes, but everything else is A+.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Middlebury College is the place to have the best experiences as well as the best education possible. The liberal arts education provides an optimal outlook in my chemistry education.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I could not ask for a better experience at Middlebury, it is truly my favorite place in the world

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wouldn't say it was my best year

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A lot of exposure to marijuana and alcohol. The freshman room mate matching system could be the best thing or a complete nightmare. Me and I are from two completely different ends of the spectrum. I checked the box that said that I preferred a roommate like myself. I have a low tolerance for alcohol, marijuana, and partying .When I received a complete opposite. The only thing we had in common was the fact we like to sleep a lot.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I could not have asked for a better year at Middlebury.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The stress leveling campus is really high. And the athletic privilege is ridiculous.

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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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