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14 Old Chapel Rd, Middlebury, VT 05753

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Middlebury College

Middlebury College

From its proud history spanning more than two centuries, Middlebury College has emerged as one of a handful of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges. Middlebury is unique among these schools in being a classic liberal arts college that also offers graduate and specialized programs operating around the world.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

Middlebury College is a distinctive, energetic, and welcoming community characterized by strong friendships, stimulating course work, inspiring connections with faculty and staff, and rich experiences beyond the classroom. Throughout these diverse facets of a Middlebury experience, students encounter ideas that shape their thoughts, beliefs, actions, and goals for the rest of their lives. 

Mission/Philosophy:

At Middlebury College we challenge students to participate fully in a vibrant and diverse academic community. The College's Vermont location offers an inspirational setting for learning and reflection, reinforcing our commitment to integrating environmental stewardship into both our curriculum and our practices on campus. Yet the College also reaches far beyond the Green Mountains, offering a rich array of undergraduate and graduate programs that connect our community to other places, countries, and cultures. We strive to engage students' capacity for rigorous analysis and independent thought within a wide range of disciplines and endeavors, and to cultivate the intellectual, creative, physical, ethical, and social qualities essential for leadership in a rapidly changing global community. Through the pursuit of knowledge unconstrained by national or disciplinary boundaries, students who come to Middlebury learn to engage the world.

Traditions:

First Weekend/Fall Frenzy: During Fall Frenzy, we kick off the school year right! The first weekend usually means bands, the outdoors, and an all-school picnic.

Fall Family Weekend: Fall Family Weekend - It's not just entertaining your parents. Fall Family Weekend is a great opportunity to show off your school. We have events that are fun for everyone.

Homecoming: During homecoming, alumni return to campus, and we make sure everyone has a memorable time. Look for our giveaways at sports events as well as the big semi-formal of the semester.

Winter Carnival: Middlebury's Winter Carnival is the oldest student-run winter carnival in the country. We work together with the winter carnival sports board to schedule ski races. We have commons-sponsored events like the Winter Olympics. There is usually a big concert or comedian, and the tradition wouldn't be complete without our annual Winter Ball. Snow Sculpure contests, Fireworks, and a kick off bonfire also allow students to celebrate their long weekend. 

Last Weekend/Midd Mayhem: Midd Mayhem is a great time to conclude the year, hang out with friends, and sing along to Like a Prayer one more time. We on MCAB Traditions make sure this pre-finals weekend is memorable- the big spring concert, inflatables, and an outdoor picnic help us all remember this great event.

Student Life:

Middlebury has more than 60 on-campus buildings for student housing. Students enrolled full time are required to live on campus and participate in the dining plan. All first-year students are assigned to one of five Commons for the first two years. Juniors and seniors can choose from other housing options available across campus while remaining a member of their original Commons.

The visual and performing arts are fundamentally important to the life and culture of the Middlebury experience, and students find themselves involved in one way or another—on the stage, in the studio, or among the audience.

Athletics are an essential part of the overall educational experience at Middlebury College. The College provides programs that are comprehensive and varied, offering athletic opportunities to all students: A physical education/wellness program that stresses good health, physical fitness, and lifetime activities. A vigorous intercollegiate sports program that strives for achievement and excellence. An intramural program that encourages students of varied abilities and skills to participate in a wide range of recreational athletic activities. A club sports program that offers opportunity for intercollegiate competition in a less structured environment.

Clubs, publications, intramurals, cultural activities and events, student government, outings, religious and spiritual activities, and community engagement are great ways to get involved at Middlebury. 

Mascot

Mascot:

The Panther
American colleges and universities typically have animals that serve as their mascots. The black Panther was chosen as Middlebury’s after a local merchant established a contest to choose an appropriate symbol for the college in 1922. The sculpture was commissioned from the artist and is sited at the entrance to Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. Surveying the playing fields, the Middlebury Panther is a fierce beast, apparently stalking its prey from atop a mighty boulder.

Middlebury College today:

The academic opportunities at Middlebury are rich and nearly limitless. There are more than 45 departments and programs which offer majors and minors. In addition, a number of interdisciplinary centers enrich the curriculum through a wide range of programs, lectures, and events. Middlebury offers more than 850 courses in 44 majors.

Enrollment:

Middlebury has about 2,450 undergraduate students.

Famous graduates:

Jason Mantzoukas (born December 18, 1972): While a player with The Upright Citizens Brigade, he established himself on the New York comedy scene. He has since earned a recurring role as Rafi on the FX comedy The League. More recently, he has taken a recurring role on HBO's Enlightened. In 2012, he starred opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator.

Julia Alvarez (born March 27, 1950): The theme of being caught between two cultures can be found throughout Alvarez's work. She explored this in her first novel, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents(1991). Her reading audience continued to grow with her second novel, In the Time of Butterflies, published in 1994. Several more acclaimed works of fiction have followed. 

Interesting facts about Middlebury College:

Middlebury is considered the first “operating” college in Vermont as it was the first to hold classes in November 1800. Middlebury issued the first Vermont degree in 1802; UVM followed in 1804.

The National Christmas Tree tradition began in 1923 after the College donated a 48-foot balsam fir for use at the White House. Calvin Coolidge, a Vermont-native in the first year of his presidency, flipped the electric switch to commence 87 years of tradition.

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