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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. 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. 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The college is welcoming students back to campus for the fall semester, with all students required to complete a 14-day quarantine before their return, and to make their first stop at the on-campus COVID-19 testing center. Classes are a mix of in-person, remote, and hybrid learning formats.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$73,600
% of students who get any grants
44%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$24,200
Average price for low-income students
$5,600
admissions
Acceptance rate
17%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1420/33
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
2,550
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
$25,000
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$13,750
Average salary within 5 years
$54,600
% earning more than $28,000
84%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The college is welcoming students back to campus for the fall semester, with all students required to complete a 14-day quarantine before their return, and to make their first stop at the on-campus COVID-19 testing center. Classes are a mix of in-person, remote, and hybrid learning formats.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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