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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: If you're into preppy New England white folks you're set. If not, you still have some options. Everyone who attends this school is weirdly attractive, and if not by whoever's standards, they have personalities/passions to more than make up for it. People here aren't particularly into relationships but things are so busy and fast-paced that it's less of an aversion and more of just literally not having the time. If you're into the hook-up scene, whoever you are, it'll be fairly easy to find someone who wants your body. it's much harder to find a commitment though.

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2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The typical student at Midd is from a boarding or private school, has at least 2 houses, and speaks more than one language. Some girls take trips to St. Barths for the weekend. Its a bit much and the elitist atmosphere is in your face. I am transferring out of Middlebuy because of the people here. I was bullied for a medical condition.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People here are overwhelmingly attractive, mainly because everyone stays so fit. There is a real hook-up culture here, but Middlebury is not the orgy that some people imagine college to be like (/what some colleges are actually like).

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The majority of people here are pretty attractive

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Almost all of the guys at Midd are white, full of themselves, and have more money than they know what to do with.

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If one opinion is heard more loudly than any other, it’s that Middlebury students think they’re pretty hot. This could mean that they’re arrogant, but they like to call it honesty. True, people here often seem hijacked from the pages of Abercrombie and Patagonia catalogs, but at least those catalogs are full of models, right? As for personality, students tend to have lots of it, or at least make an effort to seem like they do. Middlebury students study hard and play twice as hard—and let’s just say they study very hard. To better fit the Middlebury mold, see if you can’t work for a foreign embassy, or at least learn to surf in Australia before you arrive here.

To paraphrase Steve Hofstetter, author of "Student Body Shots," if you can’t find someone at college, you should just give up. Think about the lot you’ve been given: 2,500 young people, all within your age bracket, 99 percent unmarried, all in their sexual prime, eating together, studying together, and living together, oftentimes under the influence of alcohol. On the other hand, he must have been talking about hooking up because most students at Middlebury—particularly the guys—are not looking for love so early in their lives. Although you will meet your share of naïve study- and activities-nerds, there’s a freak in most of us geeks that’s looking to have a boisterous ball, especially on the weekends.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Condoms and dental dams are free, readily available, and come in all flavors, colors, and sizes at Parton Health Center and in some bathroom dormitories. Female students who have had a women's health exam may also obtain a prescription for birth control pills that can be filled at the nearby pharmacy. The first pack of pills is free if you start them at the College and receive your exam at Parton Health Center. The birth control shot and patch are also available options, as well as emergency contraception upon an examination and a pregnancy test.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The library
  2. The gym
  3. Parties sponsored by social houses or sports teams
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. McCullough dance parties
  2. Social houses
  3. Private dorm parties
Social Scene
Basically, it's "in" to be an extrovert, and the more outgoing and involved you are, the more respect you will earn. The most common "type" at Middlebury is the "da Vinci"-someone who's competitive at everything, including drinking and sleeping. The one thing that's larger than the amount of alcohol consumed, however, is the students' academic conscience. It's not that it's hard to find someone at Middlebury, it's just difficult to convince him or her that you're worth one hour per night over his or her chemistry book. Everyone always has more work or has done more important things than the next guy. For the most part, Middlebury's social scene is dominated by sports teams or social/special-interest houses that usually have the best resources and spaces available to throw parties.
Hookups or Relationships?
If you consider a serious relationship one grinding session to a song at a McCullough dance party, passing out in a sweat-drenched heap back in some stranger's dorm room, and a "please don't call me tomorrow," then Middlebury's your place to find true love. There's a lot of hooking up; therefore, by default, there are lots of singles. Some are involved in long-distance relationships, yet students who date among the Middlebury crowd are rare. Those who do date usually fall into the "Middlebury marriage" stereotype; and there's not much in between-you're either casually hooking up with someone or in a very serious relationship.
Dress Code
Most people will tell you that it's hard to distinguish Middlebury students from a J.Crew ad, and while that might be true, there are still crunchy kids and casual dressers. Some dress this way for the cause of originality alone, while others simply like the feel of sweatpants and hairy legs beneath hand-woven, hemp skirts. As for the outdoorsy dressing crowd, you have to ask yourself if it's better to be the guy who wears chamois shirts, smells like fish, and was raised on the Appalachian Trail, or the guy who covers himself in North Face insignia and grew up in Manhattan. The latter probably outnumbers the former.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 29 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 28 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 30 responses

  • 29% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 22% Casual dating at your school
  • 19% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 16% Long-distance relationship
  • 9% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 4% None
  • 1% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 32% Have a great freshman hall
  • 21% Join an academic interest house
  • 21% Sports teams
  • 16% Going to parties/events
  • 11% Willing to start conversations with anyone
  • 0% A capella

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 38% Elitist
  • 38% Hardworking
  • 12% Fascinating
  • 12% Extroverts

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 71% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 29% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 0% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 38% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 45% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 10% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 7% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.


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