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Overall Score: 69.25

Middlebury College

The quality of teaching is high at this elite liberal arts college – at least in the eyes of those being taught. On average, Middlebury's professors receive some of the highest student ratings in the country on Ratemyprofessor.com, and the school boasts a graduation rate above 90%. The college is especially well-known for its language and writing programs, and every summer it hosts the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, which has featured writers such as Toni Morrison, George R. R. Martin and Anne Sexton. Middlebury is also known for promoting gap years, which allow students to defer enrollment in order to travel, work or volunteer. There's an entire February admissions cohort made up of students who choose to start college in the spring rather than the fall after taking a semester off. Middlebury's bucolic Vermont setting offers both mountain views and a convenient collection of used bookstores, boutiques and coffee shops. Students can also head into the city of 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.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$79,100
% of students who get any grants
43%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$25,900
Average price for low-income students
$6,290

Admissions

Acceptance rate
22%
Median SAT/ACT score
1450/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
2,560

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A

Student Success

Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
$13,293
Early career earnings
$65,930
% earning more than a high school grad
72%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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