The quality of teaching is high at this elite liberal arts college, at least in the eyes of the those being taught. On average, Middlebury’s professors receive among the highest student ratings in the country on Ratemyprofessor.com. The college is known especially for its language and writing programs—every summer it’s host to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, which has featured writers such as Toni Morrison, George R. R. Martin, and Anne Sexton.
The bucolic New England campus offers both mountain views and the village's collection of used bookstores, boutiques, and coffee shops. And Middlebury graduates do well for themselves after they leave it behind, earning 17% more than counterparts at comparable schools. Students who tire of outdoor activities can head to nearby Burlington for more nightlife and entertainment. Of course, studying in New England means ample opportunities to enjoy winter sports: The Middlebury Snow Bowl is popular for skiing, as is nearby Bread Loaf Mountain.