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Reviews 442 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

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.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If at least two of the following apply to you, you'll be super happy at Middlebury! :)

--white

--rich

--an athlete

--parents went to a top-ranked school

--from New England

--know what these words mean: Hotchkiss, Choate, Deerfield, etc.

--love drinking

--love pretending that Vermont makes you a more earthy/outdoorsy person

If not, you'll hate this place as much as I do :)

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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.

2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I did not like Middlebury. The culture here seems to equate workload with learning and I think there's more to it than that. I wish I had gone somewhere else.

2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It's a well-known liberal arts college in the north-east but not so much elsewhere. The career center counseling was poor.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: As a part of the racial and socioeconomic majority on campus, I feel safe. However, many minority friends do not.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Small rooms and noise travels far.

2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Not enough focus on learning; too much focus on producing work.

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).

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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.

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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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