10 Facts About Middlebury College


Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college located in Middlebury, Vermont.

A liberal arts college is a college with an emphasis on undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences.

Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States.

Middlebury is the shire town of Addison County, Vermont, United States.

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The college was founded in 1800 by Congregationalists making it the first operating college or university in Vermont.

Congregational or Congregationalist churches are Protestant churches practicing congregationalist church governance, in which each congregation independently and autonomously runs its own affairs.

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The college currently enrolls 2,526 undergraduates from all 50 states and 74 countries.


Middlebury offers 44 majors in the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences.


The college is the first American institution of higher education to have granted a bachelor's degree to an African-American, graduating Alexander Twilight in the class of 1823.


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.

New England is a geographical region which comprises six states of the northeastern United States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.


In 1886, May Belle Chellis was the first woman to graduate and she was the valedictorian.


Middlebury was listed as tied for the fourth-best liberal arts college in the U.S. in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

U.S. News & World Report is an American media company that publishes news, opinion, consumer advice, rankings, and analysis.


Middlebury's 31 varsity teams are known as the Middlebury Panthers and compete in the NCAA Division III's NESCAC conference.

The New England Small College Athletic Conference is a collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from eleven private liberal arts colleges in the Northeastern United States, often associated with the Little Ivies.

Sports Division III is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States.


The school is known for its graduate programs that focus on language, political science and entrepreneurship.

Political science is a social science discipline that deals with systems of government, and the analysis of political activities, political thoughts and political behaviour.

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