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Reviews 404 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

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

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I know there isn't much.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: When it's good it's good. When it's happening.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A couple of pretty good joints but that's it.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's really quite delicious. Good ingredients. need better sourced meat

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: People here are pretty aware of sexual assault, but no one ever believes that it can really happen to them (or that they or someone they're close to can be a perpetrator). Most of the time it's not "intentional" in that people get intoxicated and take advantage of others, using drugs as an excuse. It isn't though, and the horrible drinking culture on our campus combined with a general lack of respect in the partying scene contributes a lot to assaults and a feeling of unsafeness.

As far as administrative response, I'm not sure of the specifics of the process but the general sense is that they care more about Midd's image than victims/survivors. Which is probably why, among other reasons, when two of my friends experienced incidents, neither of them felt comfortable going to administrators. Compliance with Title 9 doesn't equal full-fledged support. Things are getting better I think, but there's till a long way to go.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: If you're into preppy New England white folks you're set. If not, you still have some options. Everyone who attends this school is weirdly attractive, and if not by whoever's standards, they have personalities/passions to more than make up for it. People here aren't particularly into relationships but things are so busy and fast-paced that it's less of an aversion and more of just literally not having the time. If you're into the hook-up scene, whoever you are, it'll be fairly easy to find someone who wants your body. it's much harder to find a commitment though.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not interested in sports but most people here are pretty athletic, and Midd really pours a lot of money (more than they should in my opinion) into sporting and facilities.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's pretty much nowhere else to live, which is why 99% of people just live on campus. I think seniors might have a lottery that lets them live off campus, but it's so difficult not a lot of them do it. It's just no worth it.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The general Midd party scene isn't really my thing, although there are alternatives (Palana, Meeker, Q/A) that are moderately better. Then again there's never a guarantee that parties will be any good here. And the atmosphere of all of them is pretty unsafe. I've had some pretty creepy experiences, and 2 of my 5 closest friends have been harassed as well. Overall things are pretty unsafe, and you'll probably have more fun pregaming and chilling with friends rather than taking your chances at a party.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are maybe three or four places close enough to walk to in town. There's one Chinese place you can order from until around 10 or 11. If you want to eat somewhere else or want some late night food, you either have to drive (or walk an hour if you're really desperate) to McDonalds or you're out of luck.

4 College Freshman

Administration: It's great in that unless you are literally caught with alcohol or a joint in your hand, you're not going to get in trouble. And if you somehow manage to have that happen to you, worst case scenario is a citation and a meeting with your CRA or Dean, which are embarrassing but nothing too terrible. They're more concerned with making sure you're safe; otherwise they generally don't interfere too much.

This school has some pretty strict policies about protests on the books, but generally you can pass anything off as "Art" and get away with it. Although there have been some pretty strict crackdowns on activists in the past.

If you're blasting music at 1Am on a Tuesday chances are someone going to call in a noise complaint on you, which is annoying but honestly warranted. Don't be obnoxious and you'll have a pretty chill time. And if you protest, make sure you'll have plenty of wiggle room if things go down.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It went pretty smoothly. Midd doesn't do anything but need based scholarships so that's something to keep in mind. I had some issues with filling out a non-custodial parent form, but other than that things went fairly well. Although considering my mom does my financial aid and not me, I may be oversimplifying the process.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Although I was getting sick of it by the end, for college dining it's pretty good. Especially as a vegetarian, it's nice to be able to eat the majority of the food served, and always have the option for a salad if I'm not in the mood for other foods. Plus it's free. Atwater for lunch is the best, and if you can sneak into the dinners (just pretend you're in whatever club they're hosting it for, you'll rarely get caught) it's really good.

My complaints would be that they don't have a great variety of fruits, dining halls close way too early, and that they literally do not season the food. I mean I know my college is a PWI but is a bit of pepper too much to ask for?

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is pretty good overall. Freshman year I ended up getting one of the best dorms (Allen) so I had a pretty good time. But god help you if you get stuck in Battell...Overall though all of the dorms are decent, although things can get pretty grimey Friday and Saturday nights what with all the partying. Also be warned, if some drunk bros decide to break a window or something, your entire floor is paying for it.

Some dorms like the one I was in area bit farther away from the main part of campus, but everything's pretty walkable. The social atmosphere really depends on the type of person you are. If you fit in well with the dominant Middlebury culture chances are you'll have a good time (and if you're not sure what that is I'll break it down in 3 words: Patagonia, PolySci/Econ/Neuroscience Majors/Nalgene Water Bottles).

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I still love the idea of Middlebury, but the school is not for me. I made so many friends at this school and they all fell apart because of the social hierarchy here. I loved my professors but it was so difficult to get into one of their labs. I love how many outdoor activities there are but everything is student-run and can be a bit unsafe.

**I am transferring and every person I have told has responded with "I would do the same if I wasn't playing a sport here." For so many people to say this to me should have been surprising but it wasn't. My professor even admitted that something needs to change at this school because it is becoming too exclusive.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Middlebury is a prestigious institution with a great alumni network.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Middlebury is diverse in the sense that its vvery international and welcomes students of all tongues. But I have found that most come from a priveleged background. Those who don't stick together in small groups.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I have loved all of my professors but I expected more from the sciences at Midd. The negatives: I'm a Neuroscience major and the department is not yet developed; its hard to get a research position early on, the work is mostly busy work and not challenging.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is beautiful! The landscaping and custodial crew really do an amazing job at putting the campus back together after mud season. BiHall has the second largest window in vermont! It doesn't matter how cold it is, you will want to be outdoors here.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The typical student at Midd is from a boarding or private school, has at least 2 houses, and speaks more than one language. Some girls take trips to St. Barths for the weekend. Its a bit much and the elitist atmosphere is in your face. I am transferring out of Middlebuy because of the people here. I was bullied for a medical condition.

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is a lot of drinking on campus; I would argue more than at big state schools. Combine that with large male athletes and you have a problem. One that Middlebury is not trying to solve. I wil not speak on personal situations; I have had a few very very bad ones. The mentality of a lot of athletes here is that the girls are prey. Every hear the guy seniors host a "predator/prey" party where they invite freshan girls and get them drunk. And yes the school does know about this. Do not go out alone.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic facilities on campus are amazing! They just opened a new field house this past fall (2014). If you're not a varsity athlete you are doing something athletic - club, intramural, hiking, skiing, staying fit. It can be a bit intimidating. The huge presence of athletes on campus does create exclusivity. Overall, it is extremely easy to stay active here.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: To put it this way: I am facebook friends with two PubSafe officers at Midd and most of my friends are too. I know that sounds weird but the officers are really there to help you and be your friend; they are not looking to get you into trouble. But they do take respect and Middlebury policies very seriously.

Unfortunately, I have had a lot of difficulties with the academic administration. One dean actually restricted me from leaving my dorm for a week because he misunderstood my medical condition. Administrative officials are not accomodating and are in no sense welcoming.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For a college I don't think you can get any better than Midd. The food is great and there are so many on-campus options! Midd is also very conscious about buying from local vendors. If you are health conscious or have a food allergy you have nothing to worry about! Just beware of Proctor lady! Atwater undeniably has the delicious food if you're willing to wait in line for it. There's also two cafes, a grille, and a sushi bar on campus. Oh and the ice cream is local too!


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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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