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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.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student life is overall pretty good. While some facilities are older, most are well-maintained. Lots of green spaces and study spaces. Some campus events and activities.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Everything is in great condition, up to date, and 'nice'. Middlebury had the best facilities of any college I toured.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything is nice, no complaints

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Most of the buildings on campus have been renovated very recently.

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Older buildings and furniture have been left standing around Middlebury’s campus to preserve the charming, antique feel, but they’ve been restored and modernized throughout the years to complement the new facilities that continue to be added. Middlebury’s athletic facilities are impeccable—the student center is cushy and beautiful, the Center for the Arts looks like a modern masterpiece, and a large library was completed just a few years ago. As if that weren’t enough, Bicentennial Hall (BiHall)—the science building—offers state-of-the-art laboratories and lecture halls for science majors, and the Axinn Center at Starr Library has tech-savvy classrooms, multiple media rooms, and a seniors-only study that eminates an Ivy-league feel—think intricate wood paneling, marble fireplaces, and overstuffed antique chairs. The Grille is the only food option besides the dining halls; the Juice Bar, the Grille, and Wilson Café are the only after-hours beverage options.

At first glance, Middlebury is overwhelming—not in size, but in the fact that there is so much to do; you’ll never get the time to take full advantage of it. While you have the opportunity to spend each day swimming in the pool, running on the pristine rubber track, checking out concerts on stage in the Juice Bar, and spending a lot of time in BiHall’s observatory, you’ll never have the time to do everything you want. However, if only in response to being surrounded by 2,500 other busybodies, you’ll fill your days with as many worthwhile activities as possible. There are plenty of options at Middlebury.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
260
Campus Size
350 acres
Student Centers
McCullough Student Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Armstrong Library
  • Davis Family Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Battell Beach
  • The Great Hall in Bicentennial Hall
  • The Grille
  • Juice Bar
  • Wilson Café
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Juice Bar
  • McCullough Student Center
  • Wilson Café
Movie Theater on Campus
None
"Green" Initiatives
Middlebury prides itself in its "green" initiatives. With a goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2016, Middlebury recently finished construction of a biomass gasification plant. The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest is LEED Platinum certified.
School Slang
  • ADK : Adirondack Circle is the parking circle at the top of College Street and in front of the Adirondack House.
  • CFA: Center for the Arts
  • CSO: Career Services Office
  • The Dungeon: The basement of Allen Hall, brimming with rowdy hoards of freshman boys
  • Febs: Students who enter and matriculate in February
  • IM Sports: Intramural sports, which are much more low-key and less time-consuming than varsity sports
  • Midd Rides: Free nighttime shuttle service around campus
  • The Mods : A group of modular homes at the edge of campus. They traditionally throw huge parties every semester known as "Modapalooza."
  • RAJ: Political science house behind the tennis courts, next to Proctor Hall. Classes and special guests lectures are held here, and RAJ also houses several political science offices.
  • Sketch-cullough: Term used to describe late-night dance parties at McCullough Student Center
  • Yay-term, play term, slay term : Refers to J-term at Middlebury-when students work hard, but party much harder
  • The Zoo: The small theater space couched in the third floor of Hepburn Hall
Traditions
  • Like a Prayer: One of the spiciest, most scandalous traditions that Middlebury students adhere to, besides streaking, is taking one's shirt off during "Like a Prayer" by Madonna. Considering the fact that the song is played as the grand finale of nearly every College dance bash, there will be plenty of room for half nudity.
  • Midnight Breakfast : A midnight breakfast is provided by the College twice each semester during finals week.
  • Polar Bearing: As soon as Lake Dunmore thaws, all the intrepid (and possibly half-witted) students take to the icy waters for midnight Thursday dips-naked. Remember where you place your clothes and towel before you jump in, or you'll be sorry when you come out.
  • Winter Carnival : This Middlebury tradition is the oldest student-run carnival in the country.
  • Winter Procession: For all of you avid ski bums, what could be more exciting than combining your favorite hobby with finishing that grueling college career? How about receiving your diploma at the bottom of a ski mountain? At the end of January, every February student will ski down the College's Snow Bowl during procession. The College chooses a bunny slope for this event, so have no fear if you're a Santa Barbara novice.
Urban Legends
  • It is said that Steven Spielberg toured the campus when he was checking out colleges for his son.
  • Nick Janson is an alum who graduated sometime in the past who has been inflated to Chuck Norris-like levels of mythical ability, through graffiti scrawled in bathrooms and on old desks all over the campus.
  • One time, someone allegedly put ecstasy in the punch at a party in the Chateau.
  • The Purple Jesus drink at "the Mill" includes cough syrup.
Favorite Things To Do
Before you judge Middlebury students, getting hammered at social houses and dancing half naked at McCullough parties isn't all students enjoy doing. During Winter Carnival, students boast much more class than that-they get drunk in their best duds. Nothing goes better with shots of Jim Beam than a sharp tie, a velvet dress, and a slew of silver streamers. Midd kids tend to gravitate toward student plays, which normally go up in the Hepburn Zoo. Middlebury is the ideal locale for enjoying outdoor activities, from swimming in Lake Dunmore to skiing at Bread Loaf or down the Snow Bowl. Middlebury students are quite athletic, for the most part. Middlebury also boasts a lot of musical talent, and there are often free student band or a capella performances.

On the weekdays, when you're not spending your free time complaining to your friends about how much homework you have, you'll most likely find yourself lounging at the Grille with some greasy food. Many thick-skinned individuals will round up friends to go sledding in front of Mead Chapel during the winter. Internationally-recognized guest speakers, such as renowned political figures and poets, also make frequent appearances at the Robert A. Jones '59 House and Mead Chapel on weekday afternoons. On the weekends, popular outings include "Free Movie Fridays" in Sunderland International Language Center, taking a trip into Burlington, on-campus student plays and music, arts performances in the Center for the Arts, on-campus concerts, and sporting events.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/activities
Student Newspaper
The Middlebury Campus
www.middleburycampus.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Middlebury has more than 100 student organizations. Most students are active in at least one club on campus. Some popular groups include MAlt, Sunday Night Group, Page 1 Literacy Project, and Relay for Life.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 20% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 60% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 24 responses

  • 25% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 62% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 12% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 27 responses

  • 44% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 44% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

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