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Middlebury College
Middlebury seal.png
Middlebury College seal
Latin: Collegium Medioburiense Viridis Montis
"Middlebury College in the Green Mountains"
Motto Scientia et Virtus
Motto in English Knowledge and Virtue
Established 1800
Type Private
Endowment US $740 million (September 2009)
President Ronald D. Liebowitz
Faculty approx. 270
Undergraduates 2,406
Location United StatesMiddlebury, Vermont, United States
Campus Rural, 350 acres (1.4 km²) (main campus)
; 1,800 acres (7.3 km²) (Bread Loaf Mountain campus)
Sports 31 varsity teams
NCAA Division III
Middlebury Panthers
Colors blue      and white     
Nickname Midd, Club Midd
Website www.middlebury.edu
The Middlebury College Logo

Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college located in Middlebury, Vermont, United States. Founded in 1800, it is one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the United States. Middlebury was the first American institution of higher education to grant a bachelor's degree to an African-American, graduating Alexander Twilight in the class of 1823.[1] Middlebury was also one of the first formerly all-male liberal arts colleges in New England to become a coeducational institution, following the trustees' decision in 1883 to accept women.

Drawing 2,400 undergraduates from all 50 United States and over 70 countries, Middlebury offers 44 majors in the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences. Middlebury follows a 4-1-4 academic schedule, with two four-course semesters and a one course January term called "J-term."

In addition to its core undergraduate program, the college organizes summer undergraduate and graduate programs in modern languages. The College also offers a graduate program in English literature and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at its Bread Loaf Mountain campus. In December 2005, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, located in Monterey, California became an affiliate of Middlebury College.

Middlebury's 31 varsity teams are known as the Middlebury Panthers and compete in the Division III NESCAC conference. The school's colors are blue and white. Middlebury is one of the "Little Ivies."



A sketch of "East College", Middlebury's first building, a simple wood-framed structure completed in 1798 and razed in 1867. Twilight Hall now sits adjacent to the site. Old Stone Row is pictured in the background.[1]

Founding and 19th Century

Middlebury received its founding charter on November 1, 1800 as an outgrowth of the Addison County Grammar School, which had been founded three years earlier in 1797. The College's first president—Jeremiah Atwater—began classes a few days later, making Middlebury the first operating college or university in Vermont. One student named Aaron Petty graduated at the first commencement held in August 1802.[2]

The College's founding religious affiliation was loosely Congregationalist. Yet the idea for a college was that of town fathers rather than clergymen, and Middlebury was clearly "the Town's College" rather than the Church's. Chief among its founders were Seth Storrs and Gamaliel Painter, the former credited with the idea for a college [2] and the latter as its greatest early benefactor. In addition to receiving a diploma upon graduation, Middlebury graduates also receive a replica of Gameliel Painter's cane. Painter bequeathed his original cane to the College and it is carried by the College President at official occasions including first-year convocation and graduation.

Alexander Twilight, class of 1823, was the first black graduate of any college or university in the United States; he also became the first African American elected to public office, joining the Vermont House of Representatives in 1836. At its second commencement in 1804, Middlebury granted Lemuel Haynes an honorary master's degree, the first advanced degree ever bestowed upon an African American.[3][4]

In 1883, the trustees voted to accept women as students in the college, making Middlebury one of the first formerly all-male liberal arts colleges in New England to become a coeducational institution. The first female graduate—May Belle Chellis—received her degree in 1886.[5]

20th Century

The national fraternity Kappa Delta Rho was founded in Painter Hall on May 17, 1905. Middlebury College abolished fraternities in the early 1990s, but the organization continued on campus in the less ritualized form of a social house. Due to a policy at the school against single-sex organizations, the house was forced to coeducate during the same period as well.[6]

The German Language School, founded in 1915, began the tradition of the Middlebury Language Schools. These Schools, which take place on the Middlebury campus during the summer, enroll about 1,350 students in the Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish Language Schools. The C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad, begun in 1949 with the school in Paris, host students at thirty-two sites in Argentina, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Paraguay, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and Uruguay.

Recent Developments

Old Chapel with the Green Mountains in the distance

In May 2004, an anonymous benefactor made a $50 million donation to Middlebury. It was the largest cash gift the school has ever received. The donor asked only that Middlebury name its recently built science building, Bicentennial Hall, after outgoing President John McCardell Jr. In June 2008, Middlebury's endowment stood at approximately $885 million.[3]

In 2005, Middlebury signed an affiliation agreement with the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school in Monterey, California. While the Monterey Institute will remain a separate institution, the affiliation saved Monterey from financial difficulties. It will allow Middlebury to offer additional programs in international studies and foreign languages.

On October 6, 2007, President Ronald D. Liebowitz announced that the college is launching a five-year campaign to raise $500 million. Liebowitz also said that during the planning phases $234 million has already been raised. The campaign, which the college is calling the Middlebury Initiative, will extend and expand the range of opportunities available to students, focusing its efforts on financial aid and hiring more faculty.

In the spring of 2008, the Board of Trustees approved renovations to the Proctor Dining Hall and the McCullough Student Center's social space, mail room, and convenience store. This newest wave of renovations was completed in the spring of the 2008–2009 academic year.

On January 15, 2009, Middlebury College announced that plans to cut $10 million from its 2009-2010 operating budget, due to the economic recession's effect on Middlebury's endowment and fund-raising efforts. As part of the cost-cutting measures, Middlebury announced at the same time that it plans to reduce staff by 100 employees through attrition and a voluntary early retirement program.

Presidents of Middlebury College

  1. Jeremiah Atwater, 1800–1809
  2. Henry Davis, 1809–1818
  3. Joshua Bates, 1818–1840
  4. Benjamin Labaree, 1840–1866
  5. Harvey Denison Kitchel, 1866–1875
  6. Calvin Butler Hulbert, 1875–1880
  7. Cyrus Hamlin, 1880–1885
  8. Ezra Brainerd, 1885–1908
  9. John Martin Thomas, 1908–1921
  10. Paul Dwight Moody, 1921–1943
  11. Samuel Somerville Stratton, 1943–1963
  12. James Isbell Armstrong, 1963–1975
  13. Olin Clyde Robison, 1975–1990
  14. Timothy Light, 1990–1991
  15. John Malcolm McCardell, Jr., 1991–2004
  16. Ronald D. Liebowitz, 2004–Present


The spire of Mead Memorial Chapel, completed in 1916, rises on the highest elevation of the campus. Over the chapel's portal are carved the words from Psalm 95:4, "The Strength of the Hills is His Also."

The College

Founded in 1800, the College enrolls approximately 2,350 undergraduates from all 50 states and 70 countries. The College offers 40 undergraduate departments and programs. The most popular majors at Middlebury by number of recent graduates are economics, psychology, English, political science, international studies, environmental studies, and history. Middlebury was the first institution of higher education in the United States to offer an environmental studies major, establishing the major in 1965. Close to 40 percent of graduating seniors choose a single major in a traditional academic discipline, and about 30 percent of students complete a double or joint major combining two disciplines. Another 30 percent of students major in one of the College's interdisciplinary programs.[7]

4-1-4 Calendar

The academic year follows a 4-1-4 schedule of two four-course semesters plus a Winter Term session in January. The Winter Term, often called "J-Term", allows students to enroll in one intensive course, pursue independent research, or complete an off-campus internship.

Research Centers and Institutes

The Robert A. Jones '59 house, home of the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs.

The Monterey Institute of International Studies

The Monterey Institute of International Studies, in Monterey, California became an affiliate of Middlebury following the signing of an affiliation agreement between the two in December 2005. In Summer 2010, the Institute will formally be designated as “a graduate school of Middlebury College.” The Institute currently enrolls 790 graduate students in the fields of international relations, international business, language teaching, and translation and interpretation.

The Institute is the only school in the Western Hemisphere offering graduate degrees in conference interpretation and in translation and interpretation between English-Chinese, English-Japanese and English-Korean. It is also one of the few schools with a bilingual requirement upon enrollment for all students. English is required for non-native speakers and two years of university-level language classes in either Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), Russian, or Arabic for native English speakers.

The Rohatyn Center for International Affairs

Middlebury College is home to the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs,[4], founded by Felix Rohatyn '49, investment banker, former U.S. Ambassador to France, and founder of Rohatyn Associates. Located at the Robert A. Jones '59 House, the center combines Middlebury's noted strengths in cultural, political, and linguistic studies to offer a packed schedule of internationally focused symposia, lectures, and presentations. In addition, the center regularly publishes working papers by prominent international scholars and offers several grants for faculty and student research. A growing collection of online documentary and video archives preserves some of the events recently hosted by the Center.

Summer Language Schools

Le Chateau, constructed in 1925, is the home to the College's French department, and serves as a residential hall for students in Atwater Commons.

Middlebury’s famous summer language programs enable undergraduate students to undergo the equivalent of a year of college-level language study in seven- or nine-week summer sessions. As of 2008, with the opening of the School of Hebrew, there are summer programs in ten languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

All Language School students agree to abide by the Language Pledge, a formal commitment to speak, listen, read, and write the language of study as the only means of communication for the entire summer session. The Pledge helps students to focus their energies on the acquisition of language skills and to internalize the patterns of communication and cultural perspective associated with the target language. Each language school is allocated specific residence halls, where students, teaching assistants, and professors live to further aid in the immersion. Students and faculty of specific languages eat lunch and dinner at separate times during the day to maintain the exclusivity of the target languages.

Six of Middlebury's summer schools — Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish — also offer graduate programs. These are completed during six-week summer sessions, with an option of combining the sessions with overseas study. The graduate degree most often conferred is the Master of Arts. Middlebury also offers a Doctor of Modern Languages (D.M.L.) degree. Currently, the D.M.L. degree is unique to Middlebury. The degree prepares teacher-scholars in two modern languages, with additional focus on their respective literatures and cultures. It is a flexible degree that encourages depth of research, but differs from the Ph.D. in the variety of subject matter studied as part of the doctoral thesis.

Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA)

Middlebury also offers summer language immersion programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish to middle and high school students through the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy. MMLA builds on the expertise of both Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies and adapts the renowned Middlebury Language Schools immersion with a curriculum and activities developed specifically for students entering grades 7-12.

The MMLA has sites at Green Mountain College, Oberlin College, and Bard College at Simon's Rock.

C.V. Starr-Middlebury schools abroad

Middlebury College has designed C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad to offer graduate and undergraduate language students the chance to enrich and expand their skills in a setting where they can fully live the language. These schools have been endowed by Cornelius Vander Starr's Starr Foundation.

The college operates schools abroad at 32 locations including Argentina (Buenos Aires and Tucumán), Brazil (Belo Horizonte, Florianópolis, and Niteroi), Chile (Concepción, La Serena, Santiago, Temuco, Valdivia, and Valparaíso), China (Beijing, Hangzhou, and Kunming), Egypt (Alexandria), France (Paris, Poitiers, and Bordeaux), Germany (Berlin and Mainz), Italy (Ferrara and Florence), Japan (Tokyo), Mexico (Guadalajara and Xalapa), Russia (Irkutsk, Moscow, and Yaroslavl), Spain (Cordoba, Getafe, Logroño, and Madrid), and Uruguay (Montevideo).

The C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad are designed to immerse every student as completely as possible in both the language and the culture of the host nation. All course work is taught in the target language. Students often have the opportunity to enroll directly in the local university, where their classmates will be from the host country, or to take courses designed exclusively for program participants.

In addition to the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools, students have the opportunity to pursue other study abroad opportunities. During the 2007-2008 academic year, more than 400 Middlebury students studied abroad in more than 40 countries at more than 90 different programs and universities. This accounts for nearly 60% of the junior class studying abroad.[5]

Bread Loaf School of English

The Bread Loaf School of English is based at the college's Bread Loaf Mountain campus in Ripton, just outside Middlebury, in sight of the main ridge of the Green Mountains. The poet Robert Frost is credited as a major influence on the school. Frost "first came to the School on the invitation of Dean Wilfred Davison in 1921. Friend and neighbor to Bread Loaf, (he) returned to the School every summer with but three exceptions for 42 years."[6] Every summer since 1920, Bread Loaf has offered students from around the United States and the world intensive courses in literature, creative writing, the teaching of writing, and theater. Prominent faculty and staff have included George K. Anderson, William Carlos Williams, Herschel Brickell, Bernard DeVoto, Edward Weismiller, Theodore Roethke, John Crowe Ransom, Elizabeth Drew, A. Bartlett Giamatti, Lawrence B. Holland, Nancy Martin, Perry Miller, Catherine Drinker Bowen, Carlos Baker, Harold Bloom, James Britton, Cleanth Brooks, Reuben Brower, Martin Price, Donald Stauffer, Charles Edward Eaton, Richard Ellman, Cedric Whitman, Paul Muldoon, William Sloane, John Ciardi, John P. Marquand, Wylie Sypher, and Dixie Goswami.[7] [8]

The Bread Loaf School has campuses at four locations: Vermont, Oxford (England), North Carolina, and New Mexico. The primary campus, near Middlebury, enrolls some 250 students every summer. The Oxford campus (at Lincoln College) enrolls 90 students. The North Carolina campus, near the Blue Ridge Mountains, is affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and enrolled its first class of 50 students in 2006. The New Mexico campus at St. John's College, Santa Fe, enrolls 80 students every summer.

Students at Bread Loaf can either attend for one or two summers as continuing graduate students, or work toward a Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Letters (M.Litt.) degree over the course of four or five summers spread over different campuses.

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

In addition to the six-week summer program, Middlebury College's Bread Loaf campus is also the site of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference for established authors, founded in 1926. It was called by The New Yorker, "the oldest and most prestigious writers' conference in the country." "Two weeks of intensive workshops, lectures, classes and readings present writers with rigorous practical and theoretical approaches to their craft, and offer a model of literary instruction."[9] Participants have included John Gardner, Charles Baxter, John Irving, Toni Morrison, and Barry Lopez. The conference takes place in late August, after the School of English summer session has ended.

Additionally, The New England Young Writers' Conference brings together emerging writers every May for workshops and readings.


Admissions and Financial Aid

The Emma Willard House, a National Historic Landmark, is Middlebury's Admission Office.

Admission to Middlebury is extremely competitive. There were a total of 7,823 applicants for the 570 September enrollment and 90 February enrollment spots for the class of 2012. There were 1,316 students admitted for September and 142 for February, resulting in an admit rate of about 18%. 86% of the enrolling students are in the top 10% of their class. For the class of 2012, the mid-50% range for the SAT I was 1910–2210 and the mid-50% range for the ACT was 29-32. [10]

Middlebury is part of the SAT optional movement for undergraduate admission. Applicants to Middlebury must submit standardized test scores, but are given the option of submitting either the SAT I, the ACT, or three SAT II subject tests in different areas of study.

Middlebury is a need-blind institution, meaning it does not consider an applicant's financial situation when making an admission decision. In addition, the college meets 100% of all admitted students' demonstrated financial need. As a result of the recent economic crisis, Middlebury has altered its need-blind policy for international students. Beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year, the College will admit international students on a need-blind basis only to the extent that resources permit.[8] The College continues to meet the full demonstrated need of all admitted international students.[9]


U.S. News and World Report ranks Middlebury as the 4th-best liberal arts college in the U.S., tied with Wellesley.[11]

According to the Wall Street Journal, Middlebury is one of the top "feeder schools" to elite graduate business, medical, and law schools. [12]

Middlebury is ranked third among all colleges and universities in the nation according to the sixth annual report by the National Collegiate Scouting Association which ranks colleges based on student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength, and athletic prowess[13].

The 2009 Princeton Review ranks the College #1 for "professors get high marks;" #4 for "school runs like butter;" #8 for "quality of life," "best classroom experience," and "students study the most;" #14 for "best campus food," #16 for "best career/job placement services." The Princeton Review includes Middlebury on its "colleges with a conscience" list. [14]

Middlebury Initiative

Begun in 2007 by President Ronald D. Liebowitz, the Middlebury Initiative is Middlebury's biggest capital campaign to date. The goal of the initiative is to raise $500 million with for the purpose of making Middlebury the first truly global liberal arts college. The goals of the Initiative are:

  • Increasing financial aid
  • Increasing support for student-faculty research
  • Hiring more professors
  • Enhancing infrastructure and continuing to make improvements to the campus[15]


Old Chapel, completed in 1836, served as Middlebury's primary academic building for a century. Today it houses seminar classrooms and administrative offices.

Main Campus

The 350 acre (1.4 km²) main campus is located in the Champlain Valley between Vermont's Green Mountains to the east and New York's Adirondack Mountains to the west. The campus is situated on a hill to the west of the village of Middlebury, a traditional New England village centered on Otter Creek Falls.

Middlebury's campus is characterized by quads and open spaces, views of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks, and historic granite, marble, and limestone buildings. Old Stone Row, consisting of the three oldest buildings on campus — Old Chapel, Painter Hall, and Starr Hall — is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Painter Hall, constructed in 1815, is the oldest extant college building in Vermont. Emma Willard House, a National Historic Landmark, hosts the admissions office. Of the campus, celebrated postmodern architect Robert Venturi said, "If anyone had told me that gray stone boxes set in lawns could be so beautiful, I would have said they were crazy. Middlebury looks like what everyone thinks an American campus should be but seldom is."[16]

Recently completed building projects include:

  • 220,000 sq ft (20,000 m2) McCardell Bicentennial Hall (1999)
  • 135,000 sq ft (12,500 m2) main library (2004)
  • two Atwater Commons Residence Halls (2004)
  • Atwater Dining Hall (2005)
  • Hillcrest Environmental Center, an Italianate-style farmhouse constructed around 1874, has been renovated to provide a home for the environmental studies program according to LEED standards
  • Starr Library, a Beaux-Arts edifice completed in 1900, now hosts the Donald Everett Axinn '51 Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Starr Library after significant restoration of interior spaces and the addition of two wings for faculty offices, lecture halls, and a video production studio.[17]

The campus is known affectionately to students, faculty, and alumni as "Club Midd" because of its bucolic setting and the quality of its academic and athletic facilities.

Commons System

Since the mid-1990s, student housing has been grouped into five residential Commons: Atwater, Brainerd, Cook, Ross, and Wonnacott. All are named for illustrious college figures. The creation of the Commons, which remains controversial among students, accompanied an increase in the size of the student body and an ambitious building campaign.

Bread Loaf Mountain Campus

The 1,800 acre (7.3 km²) Bread Loaf Mountain campus hosts the college's Bread Loaf School of English and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference every summer. The mountain campus is also the site of the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, the College-owned ski mountain, and the Carroll and Jane Rikert Ski Touring Center.

Middlebury also owns the Robert Frost Farm, a National Historic Landmark adjacent to (and surrounded by) the Bread Loaf campus.


The newly renovated Hillcrest Environmental Center, a platinum LEED-certified building

Middlebury is committed to environmental sustainability and stewardship, both in its academic programs and in practice.[18] Middlebury recently incorporated environmental stewardship into its new mission statement.[10] The college is a signatory to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment and the Talloires Declaration. Additionally, the college has committed to be carbon neutral by 2016.[11] Middlebury was one of only six universities to receive a grade of “A-” from the Sustainable Endowments Institute on its College Sustainability Report Card 2008, the highest grade awarded.[12]

In the 2008-2009 academic year, Middlebury College opened a new state-of-the-art biomass plant on campus that is estimated to cut the College's carbon dioxide output by 40 percent and reduce its use of fuel oil by 50 percent.[13]

New England Review

The New England Review (NER) is a quarterly literary journal published by Middlebury College. Founded in New Hampshire in 1978 by poet, novelist, editor and professor Sydney Lea and poet Jay Parini, it was published as New England Review & Bread Loaf Quarterly from 1982 (when it moved to Middlebury College), until 1991 as a formal division of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. In 1991, the magazine reverted to its original name, New England Review, and opted to have only informal ties with the Writers' Conference.

NER publishes poetry, fiction, translations, and a wide variety of non-fiction in each issue. NER consistently publishes work from established writers as well as work from up-and-coming new writers. It has published work by many who have gone on to win major awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It is currently edited by Stephen Donadio, C. Dale Young (Poetry), and Carolyn Kuebler (Managing Editor).[19]


The Middlebury Panther, a bronze sculpture commissioned from American sculptor Lorenzo Ghiglieri in 1997 overlooks the entrance to Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium

Middlebury competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The Middlebury College Panthers lead the NESCAC in total number of National Championships, having won 29 individual titles since the conference lifted its ban on NCAA play in 1994[14]. Middlebury enjoys national success in soccer, tennis, cross country running, lacrosse, ice hockey, field hockey, and skiing, and fields 31 varsity NCAA teams and several competitive club teams. Since 2000, Middlebury's varsity squads have won 54 NESCAC titles. Currently, 28% of students participate in varsity sports.

In the early 20th century, Middlebury's traditional athletic rivals included the University of Vermont and Norwich University. Today, rivalries vary by sport. In football, Middlebury's rival is Hamilton College, as NESCAC no longer allows out-of-conference football competition. Since 1980, the annual game between Hamilton and Middlebury is designated the Rocking Chair Classic, with the winning team keeping the Mac-Jack Rocking Chair for the following year.

Notable Achievements

Middlebury's success in intercollegiate sports is evidenced by the college's second place ranking in the 2007 National Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings.

National Championship Teams: Men’s Hockey-8 (‘95-99, '04-'06), Women’s Lacrosse-5 ('97, ’99, ’01, ‘02, '04), Women’s Hockey-5 (‘00, ’01, '04-'06), Women’s Cross Country-5 (’00, ’01, '03, '06, '08), Men’s Lacrosse-3 (‘00, ’01, ’02), Men's Soccer ('07), Field Hockey (’98), Men's Tennis ('04).[20]

  • In 1979 and 1980 the women's ski team won two AIAW national championships.
  • From April 1997 until the NCAA Division III Semi-finals in March 2004, the Men's Lacrosse team had a 45 game winning streak at home.[15]
  • From 2004 to 2006, both the men's and women's ice hockey teams won three consecutive NCAA Division III National Championships, an unprecedented feat for a college at any level.
  • In 2007, Middlebury's Men's Soccer team captured its first NCAA Championship in the 54 year history of the program.
  • In 2007, the Middlebury College Rugby Club won its first national Division II championship.
  • In 2008, the Women's Cross Country team won its fifth NCAA Championship. The team had previously earned titles in '00, '01, '03 and '06.
  • In 2009, the Middlebury College Rugby Club repeated as DII USA Rugby Champions in 2009 by defeating University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  • In 2010, two Middlebury Alumni (Garrott Kuzzy '06 and Simi Hamilton '09) represented the United States in Nordic Skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Middlebury alumni have competed in every Winter Olympic Games since World War II.[16]

Distribution of Middlebury's 29 National Championships.[21]

Sport Year(s) Won
Men's Hockey (8) 1995
Women's Hockey (5) 2000
Women's Lacrosse (5) 1997
Women's Cross Country (5) 2000
Men's Lacrosse (3) 2000
Women's Ski Team (2) 1979
Men's Soccer (1) 2007
Field Hockey (1) 1998
Men's Tennis (1) 2004


Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium, with the Ralph Myhre 18-hole golf course in the background

Middlebury's athletic facilities include:

  • State-of-the-art 50-meter by 25-yard (23 m) swimming pool
  • 3,500-seat Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium for football and lacrosse
  • 2,600 spectator hockey arena
  • 5,000 spectator natatorium
  • Regulation rugby pitch
  • Middlebury College Snow Bowl, the college-owned ski mountain, one of only two remaining college-owned ski mountains in the eastern United States (the other being the Dartmouth Skiway)
  • 18-hole Ralph Myhre golf course
  • Carroll and Jane Rikert Ski Touring Center at the Bread Loaf Mountain campus
  • Fitness Center
  • Allan Dragone Track and Field Complex
  • Pepin gymnasium, home of the mens' and women's' basketball and volleyball teams
  • Field Turf mens' soccer field
  • Indoor and outdoor tennis courts, paddle tennis courts, squash courts
  • Rock climbing wall

Notable alumni

Names and achievements of notable Middlebury alums in all fields can be found at the List of Middlebury College alumni.

Notable Middlebury alumni include US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Nelson (1813), first African American college graduate Alexander Twilight (1823), Managing Director of Lazard Freres and former US Ambassador to France Felix Rohatyn (1949), US Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown (1962), Vermont Governor Jim Douglas (1972), The Vagina Monologues creator Eve Ensler (1975), White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer (1982), philanthropist Dana Reeve (1984), and professional cyclist Ted King (2005).

Middlebury in Popular Culture

  • Moe'N'a Lisa - episode of The Simpsons based on Middlebury's Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
  • Snake Jailbird – Fictional character and criminal on the animated television series The Simpsons who repaid his Middlebury College student loans after robbing Springfield landmark Moe's Tavern. Voiced by Hank Azaria.
  • Brenda Cushman, Elise Elliot, and Annie Paradis – The three main characters in Olivia Goldsmith's first novel The First Wives Club (1992). The women, who in the novel met while students at Middlebury College (class of 1969), were portrayed by Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton in the 1996 film adaptation.
  • Mr. Wolfe – A teacher in George Lucas' 1973 film American Graffiti. The character, played by Terry McGovern, is a confidant of Curt Henderson's, played by Richard Dreyfuss. In their one conversations together, Mr. Wolfe tells Curt that he "got drunk as hell the night before" going to college, and that he "barfed on the train all next day." When Curt asks him where he went to school, Mr. Wolfe replies, "Middlebury, Vermont... On a scholarship... [I stayed only] one semester. After all that, I came back here... I guess I just wasn't the competitive type."
  • In the sitcom 30 Rock Alan Alda's character teaches at Bennington College, which Alec Baldwin's character quips, is for kids who "couldn't get into Middlebury."

Commencement speakers

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