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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.

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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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 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.

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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Speaking in general terms, the professors at Middlebury College are incredibly intelligent people, but sometimes too intelligent for their own flowering egos. Some are quirky, most have led extremely interesting lives, all are published, and a few cloud their accomplishments with preening tales of Harvard Law School and the RAND think tank. However, due to the fact that they have led such lofty academic lives, they know all the right people, and as a result, students often have the chance to listen to renowned scholars, poets, politicians, and scientists from home and abroad. Don’t get the wrong idea, though—most professors don’t spend the entire time preaching from the soapbox in medium- to small-sized classes, so be prepared to participate in discussion.

The primary reason that most students come to Middlebury is for the academics. Although introductory classes tend to be a bit overcrowded, this is cured early in your college career. Even in the biggest classes, the professors are approachable—and you’ll want to approach them. At Middlebury, you’ll even find economics professors who have led intriguing lives. You will be disappointed, however, if you thought you might have a rich and ripe social life, especially on the weekdays. Middlebury's strong academic reputation is not achieved by a light workload.  

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
264
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
20
Total FT Faculty
268
Faculty with Terminal Degree
94%
Average Faculty Salary
$95,073
Full-Time Retention Rate
97%
Transfer-Out Rate
1%
Graduation Rate
94%
Programs/Majors Offered
47
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 67%
  • 20 to 49 students: 30%
  • 50 or more students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 4%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Spanish Language and Literature: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Berea College and Swarthmore College exchange programs
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Oxford University summer program
  • Student-designed major
  • Three-year international major
  • Williams College - Mystic Seaport Program
Best Places to Study
  • Axinn Center
  • Battell Beach
  • Bicentennial Hall's Great Hall
  • Bicentennial Hall's lounges
  • Grille
  • Juice Bar
  • Ross Commons lounge
  • Thesis carrels at the library
  • Wilson CafĂ©
Tips to Succeed
  • Check your voice mail and email at least five times per day.
  • Communicate with your professors and never be afraid to ask for help.
  • Do your homework yourself to learn the material. This isn't high school anymore.
  • Don't panic if don't get all of your reading done-you never will.
  • Get involved-there's more to Middlebury than academics!
  • Keep on track with your major by staying in touch with your adviser.
  • Maintain contact with at least one or two professors for reference purposes.
  • Network as a graduating senior if you expect to find a job!
  • Never cheat; you risk being expelled.
  • Seek off-campus and on-campus employment as soon as you arrive!
  • Take a variety of classes to probe your potential interests.
Did You Know?
  • Middlebury accepts approximately 110 more incoming students during the month of February. Termed "Febs," these newcomers have the opportunity to take the semester off after high school to work, travel, do volunteer work in a foreign country, study, or participate in a score of other interesting activities. Under this tag, by default, they also become members of an elite "cult" of students, where each Feb is presumed to be unique, gifted, and experienced (even if he or she stayed home and drank 40s from September to February!). There are, however, drawbacks to being a Feb. Among them, you will always be confused about your incoming Feb class, and graduation is an informal celebration in February, where you will not receive your diploma until the spring.
  • A local student website offers online course evaluations. You can use this site to reference classes you're thinking of taking, so you can see how other students have rated the teacher and material. You can also post your own ratings to help out other students. Check out http://www.middkid.com/eval for more information.
  • The first black graduate of any United States college was Alexander Twilight, who received his diploma from Middlebury in 1823. Twilight Hall was renovated and named after him in 1986.
  • Middlebury's summer English program is actually located outside of the school's regular Middlebury campus and in sight of one of Vermont's Green Mountains, strangely named "Bread Loaf." The Bread Loaf School of English, on the land donated by Joseph Battell when he died in 1915, is therefore named after the mountain.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 36 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 16 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 16 responses

  • 31% This was my dream school.
  • 56% This was one of my top choices.
  • 12% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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