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Reviews 458 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have greek life, so a lot of the social scene is determined by sports teams, both varsity and club.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Student involvement is high, team performance is generally very good (multiple national championships were won last year), and athletic facilities are great.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Cannot imagine a better place for hardworking, creative students who revel in their individuality.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I don't feel very qualified to speak generally, but I haven't had a problem with the housing process. Good roommate selection, fine dorm room. You'll probably get a single if you want one after freshman year.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's not much going on downtown--it being rural Vermont--but Midd Rides provides good transportation and the on-campus parties are a great time.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Totally depends on what you're looking for. I'm a member of the ultimate frisbee team, which is known for wild parties, but I'm sure they're not the Bacchanalian ragers you'd probably find at some state schools. If you're looking for that, you probably won't find it at Midd. But we certainly like to have a good time on the weekends, and you'll find parties Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (and sometimes Wednesday if you're on the frisbee team). We don't have frats, so most of the parties are through the sports teams. Personally, the intensity and frequency of Midd parties are pretty much perfect for me.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never ever felt unsafe on campus, though I'm speaking as a male. I know there was one theft on campus this year, but I think that was just an aberration. People leave their backpacks with their laptops in them wherever--it's Vermont, so.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Speaking personally, Middlebury has seemed quite diverse to me. My closest friends here represent Montana, Massachusetts, Texas, Maine, and France. Those five individuals vary (signficantly) in sexual orientation, political ideology, race, economic background, and nationality. So I think it's at least fair to say that you won't have to go out of your way to find someone who is different from you, which is mind-opening.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are exceptional, the course variety is superb, and registration is simple. The workload is no greater than I'd expect it to be at an elite college, but I certainly did more work in high school. Teachers are accomodating in that regard. Truly though, I'm not an effusive person, but the academics at Middlebury--at least what I've experienced in the humanities--are just a delight and tremendously enriching, particularly if you are partial to a more intimate learning experience.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Middlebury is always one of the top schools in every sport in New England DIII. Our athletic facilities are truly fantastic, perhaps some of the best in all of DIII--we just had a massive field house built. Plus they're open to all students.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People party on Fridays and Saturdays, with the occasional weekday party. I would say a slight majority of people on campus drink, though their individual frequencies vary--some may have a beer or two with some friends in a dorm, and some may frequent large parties 3 days a week. I've never felt any great deal of pressure to drink, and there are not an insignificant number of students who'd rather get ahead on homework or stay in reading on a Saturday night (including myself on occasion). Teetotaler or tippler, you will likely find your scene at Middlebury.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: All of my encounters with professors have been wonderful--I love talking to them after class and they are more than willing to help on papers and assignments or just explore the nuances of what's been discussed in class. Regarding course variety, I've been enthused about virtually every class I've taken thus far. If you are a curious person, you will seldom find yourself in a boring or uninteresting course.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Middlebury is on the highest tier of renown for US colleges. Though it may not have the breadth of name recognition as some Ivy league universities, employers in the fields in which a Middlebury education excels are sure to hold it in high regard.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of alcohol and some drugs, but its easy to avoid both.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is very hit or miss, but nothing is terrible. No off campus housing. Freshmen and sophomore dorms are linked and generally the worst freshmen dorms get the best sophomore dorms (i.e. Battell to Gifford), which is at least fair.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Incredible facilities and some top tier Division III athletics. Students really support, especially come playoff time.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Challenging, but the resources are there to achieve success.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I think everyone's extremely safe and haven't heard of any violence occurring during my time here.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is set up very well, particularly with how they try to get students introduced to one another. Freshmen are assigned to a first-year seminar, which they take with other freshmen who they live in the same building with. My first year seminar was very beneficial to introducing me to other people within my dorm, and my whole class got very close. I met four of my closest friends in it. I also loved the class and my professor was fantastic.

Every commons has a CRA, and every hallway has an FYC. My CRA, who graduated the year before I enrolled, and my FYC, a junior, were both unbelievably helpful and nice, and loved to hang out with all of their students. I really love those guys and they greatly improved my college experience. Now that I've finished my freshman year and no longer will be in the same building as them, I still plan on being friends and hanging out with them.

My room was spacious, and my roommate was great. The best part of my dorm (Allen) was the common room, which was where I met and got to know almost every person in the dorm.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic facilities are the best in all of Division III. The field house makes many Division I facilities look bad. Also, the facilities are open to anyone, not just athletes.

Most students care about the success of our athletic teams, but it's definitely not like a DI school. Our athletic teams have a lot of success, and people are proud of them, but there isn't crazy school spirit.

As a varsity athlete, there's a very good balance between athletics and academics--I don't spend every waking hour in-season focusing on my sport. So, my grades really don't fluctuate in-season vs. out-of-season. Also, playing a sport doesn't feel like a job, and is still very fun. You'll find that quite a few athletes at Midd chose here over Division I schools because they wanted a more relaxed, academically-based college experience, which is the best thing that the athletics program offers. However, that's not to say that playing a sport here doesn't take a lot of work.

Also, intramural sports have good participation, are fun, and are easy to get involved with.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really love Middlebury. I didn't really know what to expect, but the overwhelming majority of people here are kind, extremely intelligent, and very interesting. There was a great community amongst the freshman in my dorm.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: People here love being on sports teams. Sucks if you're not. You learn to resent the kids on the sports teams. Does not make for a healthy happy environment.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The classes are small, there's a large diversity for a small school like Middlebury, and teaching really is why professors come here. They're magnificent. Unfortunately, most get caught up in the school culture of assigning insane workloads.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: High international diversity, which is also aided in senior year by the high number of students who return from studying abroad. Shockingly low socioeconomic diversity. Get used to seeing those BMWs and Audi SUVs around town...

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Most of the social life is focused on drinking.


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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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