For Students Seeking Diversity Above All
Do you yearn to explore, understand, and embrace the world's diversity and cultures? According to their website, Middlebury College, founded in 1800, and located in the Champlain Valley of central Vermont, "seeks to bring to those who wish not only to learn about themselves and their own traditions, but also to see beyond the bounds of class, culture, region, or nation. Indeed, the central purpose of a Middlebury education is precisely to transcend oneself and one's own concerns." With a strong international focus, the College believes education should reflect a sense of looking outward, with the understanding that the "traditional insularity of the United States is something of the past."
Sets the Standard for Distinction in Foreign Language Studies
Middlebury offers its students an expansive liberal arts education, embracing the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences. The school sets the standard for excellence with its world-renowned foreign language education, which includes the "Language Pledge"—a promise to speak only your language of study for the duration of a summer session. This complete immersion, according to their website, "is the cornerstone of our philosophy."
Middlebury draws students from all 50 states and over 70 countries. Further cementing its reputation as a center for international academics, the College is home to the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. The Center's mission combines Middlebury's noted strengths in "cultural, political, and linguistic studies to offer an internationally focused symposia, lectures, and presentations." In addition, the Center publishes papers by leading international scholars and offers grants for faculty and student research.
Distinctive Student Housing Program
Middlebury has a distinctive student housing program that exemplifies the College's conviction that a liberal arts education "takes place around the clock." Residence halls are grouped into "living-learning communities," called commons. According to the College, this combines the "academic, social, and residential components of college and fosters close and abiding relationships, not only among the students, but among the faculty and staff who are part of their commons."
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