It’s evident that Admissions is attempting to make Middlebury a more diverse campus ethnically. However, this trend is diminished by the fact that many minority students tend to stick together for support. The key is to try and meet many different people as soon as you arrive before everyone becomes obstinately separated into close-knit groups of “diverse” and “non-diverse” students. In addition to an impressive number of international students, Middlebury also boasts students from many states, but most of these are from the New England area or on the West Coast.
For a school deep in the thrushes of the Green Mountains surrounded by an endless supply of small, rather podunk towns that are ethnically uniform, Middlebury does very well at bucking the trend. On the other hand, it doesn’t take much. Despite its share of African American, Asian, Indian, and other international students, the College will still strike you as predominately white and nearly 100 percent Abercrombie. As far as economic status, Middlebury is even less diverse, but unlike comparable schools, most students don’t flaunt their finances and remain very down-to-earth and practical. Overall, as long as you’re open-minded and friendly, it’s entirely possible to find a diverse group to hang out with. Instead of simply trying to branch out from a ring of potential J.Crew models, however, focus on personality—many students at Middlebury have interesting experiences and perspectives to share, no matter where they’re from.