Middlebury College

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Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: (802) 443-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Middlebury College is a private institution that was founded in 1800. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,516, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 350 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Middlebury College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 4. Its tuition and fees are $45,314 (2013-14).

Middlebury College is located in the Champlain Valley between the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks in the small town of Middlebury, Vt. The Middlebury Panthers have 31 NCAA Division III varsity teams and are members of the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Students can join more than 150 organizations on campus. For skiers, Middlebury has 17 trails on the Middlebury College Snow Bowl ski area. The school also competes in "Muggle Quidditch" and founded the International Quidditch Association based on the sport from the "Harry Potter" novels. Middlebury also hosts the country’s oldest Winter Carnival, featuring a ski competition and music. All freshmen are required to live on campus and are assigned to one of five Commons, which provide academic and social activities.

Middlebury College’s graduate programs offer a Master of Arts degree and Doctor of Modern Languages. The Middlebury Language Schools take place in the summer and offer instruction in 10 languages. Middlebury is also the home to the Bread Loaf School of English, as well as the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, one of the oldest and most prestigious writers’ conferences. C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad has more than 40 schools in 16 countries for students to study abroad, and more than 50 percent of juniors study abroad. Notable alumni include former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer; playwright Eve Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues"; the members of the popular band Dispatch; and writer Jeff Lindsay, who wrote the books that have become the basis for the TV show "Dexter."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located in the quaint New England town of Middlebury, Vermont, Middlebury College offers scenic mountain views and a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that is particularly strong in environmental studies, international studies, sciences, languages and literature. A commons-based residential life system allows students to pursue their interests in an intimate atmosphere while participating fully in the life of the larger college community. Success in NCAA Division III sports competition reflects a culture that embraces the importance of the scholar/athlete. The student body encompasses a broad array of cultures, ethnicities, religions and economic backgrounds, making up a vibrant community with numerous intellectual perspectives.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1800
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $879,690,000


When applying to Middlebury College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 10. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 1. The application fee at Middlebury College is $65. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 17.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 17.2%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Middlebury College is 9:1, and the school has 65.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Middlebury College include: Economics, General; Environmental Studies; Political Science and Government, General; English Language and Literature/Letters, Other; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 88%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Economics, General 10%
Environmental Studies 8%
Political Science and Government, General 8%
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 6%
Psychology, General 6%

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Student Life

Middlebury College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,516, with a gender distribution of 48.6 percent male students and 51.4 percent female students. At this school, 97 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 3 percent of students live off campus. Middlebury College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,516
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Middlebury College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Middlebury College also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Middlebury College, 36 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Middlebury College.

Students who have cars on campus 36%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Middlebury College, 41 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $36,245.

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Tuition and fees $45,314 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,156 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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