Middlebury College


Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college in US. With about 2,507 undergraduates at present, Middlebury also offers undergraduate and graduate programs in English literature, writing, and modern languages in addition to its core undergraduate program. Besides, it is the first higher education institution in the United States which granted a bachelor’s degree to an African-American student in 1823.

The school was founded in 1800, and is now one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the United States. Its 350-acre main campus is located in the Champlain Valley in Middlebury, Vermont. At the same time, it also has a Bread Loaf Mountain campus, which hosts the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference every summer, and the Bread Loaf School of English.

Middlebury College offers degrees in bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s program, with 44 majors in humanities, foreign languages, arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. Following a 4-1-4 academic calendar, Middlebury has two semesters with four courses and a one-course term in January. It is a member of the “Little Ivies”, and one of the first New England liberal arts colleges which became coeducational from a male school.

The mission of Middlebury College is:

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.


Middlebury College and all its programs have been re-accredited in 2011 by the Commission on Institution of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).


Middlebury College comprises seven schools or programs:

  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Literature
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • The Arts

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Economics
  2. Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
  3. Political Science and Government
  4. Environmental Studies
  5. Psychology

Middlebury College ranks 5th in the U.S. News and World Report list of libral arts colleges in US, and ranks fourth by U.S. News and World Report as one of the “colleges most beloved by their alumni”.

Besides the core undergraduate programs, Middlebury College also offers graduate programs with the Middlebury College Language Schools, the Bread Loaf School of English, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, which is one of the oldest writers’ conferences in the United States.


As one of the most selective higher education institution in the US, the admission of Middlebury is quite competitive, with an admission rate of 17.8 percent. Applicants are required to submit their SAT I or ACT scores, or 3 SAT Subject tests instead.


The tuitions and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year is USD 53,420. It is a comprehensive fee, with room and board included.

Need-based financial aids are provided at Middlebury College. 100 percent of the need-based financial aid applications were fully approved in the 2011-2013 academic year, with 47.4 percent of the full-time undergraduate students receiving certain kind of need-based scholarships or financial aids.

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