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Reviews 438 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

1 College Freshman

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



--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...

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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.

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.

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.


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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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