Get into Middlebury College
About Middlebury College
Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college founded in 1800. Located in Vermont’s Champlain Valley, Middlebury was ranked #7 in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report ranking of Best Liberal Arts Colleges (tied with Carleton College and Claremont McKenna College). There are 2,500 undergraduate students and 750 graduate students enrolled.
Students may select their major out of 45 academic departments and programs and must also complete distribution requirements across seven categories, including a discussion-based first-year seminar. Most classes at Middlebury are quite small, with an average size of 16, and every January, students have the opportunity to concentrate on a single course or internship through the intensive winter semester. Middlebury is especially well known for its foreign language instruction, including their intensive summer language schools, which are offered for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. The college is also home to the Bread Loaf School of English and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference—one of the country’s most prestigious writers’ conferences, founded in 1926. Undergraduate students can take advantage of Middlebury’s various interdisciplinary centers on campus, such as the Innovation Hub, a center for social entrepreneurship that provides workshops and mentoring, or the Axinn Center for the Humanities.
Middlebury College Campus Life
Students at Middlebury are required to live on campus and are assigned one of five Commons—living spaces meant to foster an immediate sense of community and belonging for incoming students. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy Vermont’s winter season, including the oldest, annual Winter Carnival celebration. Middlebury is also known for its Snow Bowl ski area, where students can ski on any of the 17 trails.
As a charter member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Middlebury has 31 NCAA Division III varsity teams and over 150 campus organizations. These clubs and activities range from the predictable (Middlebury Mountain Club, Model United Nations) to the more eccentric. (Middlebury founded the International Quidditch Association based on the sport from Harry Potter. There is also a Log Rolling Club.)
For students who want to study abroad, there are many opportunities to do so during the school year or over the summer under the guidance of Middlebury professors or through exchange programs in more than 40 countries. In fact, more than half of the junior class studies abroad each year either by enrolling in one of Middlebury’s Schools Abroad or through externally sponsored programs. Students can also have the option to study away from the Middlebury campus by taking graduate-level courses at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.
Apply to Middlebury College
Prospective students can apply to Middlebury through one of two binding Early Decision plans or through Regular Decision. Early Decision 1 applications are due on November 1 with a mid-December decision. Early Decision II has a January 1 deadline with decisions in mid-February. For those who apply in the Regular Decision pool (January 1 deadline), decisions come out March 21.
Middlebury also offers a mid-year enrollment program that gives “Febs” the opportunity to have a gap semester before beginning freshman year. This cohort of 90-100 students can spend their first semester working, holding an internship, traveling, taking part in a service project, or pursuing other interests. When they graduate, they take part in a ski-down tradition at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. Prospective students can indicate whether or not they would be interested in February admission when they apply online.
Middlebury accepts the Common Application or the Coalition Application. As stated on their admissions website, they require two teacher recommendation, a school report, a counselor recommendation, a transcript, and senior grades. Standardized test scores, though optional, are encouraged and can be self-reported at the time of application. There is also an optional arts supplement that allows students to upload any supplementary materials via the Slideroom website. There are no supplemental essays.
Middlebury College Admissions Wrap Up
This year, Middlebury accepted 2,228 students out of 9,165 applicants into the class of 2024. This acceptance rate, 21.5 percent, is much higher than last year (16 percent). By comparison, two of Middlebury’s peer schools had remarkably low acceptance rates: Bowdoin College at 8.3 percent and Colby College at 9 percent. As usual, a large percentage of Middlebury’s incoming students were accepted in the binding early decision rounds (EDI and EDII). The total enrollment of incoming students will likely be 725–740, 110 of whom will enroll in February. The applicant pool was the third-largest in college history—a testament to Middlebury’s continued popularity.