News in Brief


The college accepted 17.2 percent of its regular decision applicants for the class of 2022. Decisions were released March 27 and offered admission to 1,297 students from a pool of 9,230 total applicants. This is the largest number of applicants in the college’s history and includes a record number of international and domestic students of color.

These accepted students will join the 399 admitted through Middlebury’s early decision processes in December and February. The total 1,696 students represent a slight drop from the 1,753 students accepted last year to the class of 2021. Factoring in early decision admissions, this year’s overall acceptance rate was 18.4 percent, compared with last year’s acceptance rate of 19.7 percent.

Students accepted to the class of 2022 hail from 71 countries and all 50 states, most commonly New York, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Illinois. Middlebury plans to award around $13.5 million in need-based financial aid to 45 percent of the class. The $1 million increase in aid from last year’s allocation of $12.5 million will boost the number of incoming students the College expects to assist by 5 percent.

According to a press release, the college hopes to enroll approximately 610 students in September 2018, followed by 100 in February 2019. The projected class size of about 710 for the classes of 2022 and 2022.5 is consistent with that of previous years. Last year’s combined enrollment of 751 for the classes of 2021 and 2021.5 was larger than expected.

Admitted students are invited to come to campus and learn more about Middlebury during preview days from April 16 to 18.

Regular decision applicants have until May 1 to accept Middlebury’s offer. – Nicole Pollack



The college’s Senior Leadership Group and Student Government Association will cohost two dinners with President Laurie L. Patton as part of their Common Agenda. The dinners, which are open to students, will be held on Thursday, April 12 and Monday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. in Redfield Proctor.

Seating is limited to 100 per dinner and students are asked to bring food from Proctor up to the Redfield Room prior to the discussion.

“The goal is transparency and fostering a stronger sense of the shared work,” said Baishakhi Taylor, the dean of students and interim vice president for academic affairs.

Students can sign up for the dinner at go/pattonconversation. At that go/link, students can also submit topics and questions they would like Patton to discuss and answer. A group of students will sort through the most common suggestions beforehand.

Patton will begin each discussion with comments on the topics submitted. Then members of the Commons and Dean of Students Office teams will facilitate discussions about those topics.

Questions can be sent to [email protected] or [email protected] – Will DiGravio



Dining services introduced Starbucks coffee to Wilson Cafe over spring break. Starbucks replaced Vermont Coffee Company, which is located in Middlebury. Vermont Coffee Company will continue to supply coffee to Midd Express, Crossroads Cafe, and the dining halls.

The addition is part of the college’s ongoing initiative to improve the retail food locations on campus. As reported in the last issue of The Campus, the college is reinvesting money saved from the swipe system back into other on campus dining options. Students are able to purchase Starbucks coffee with the $25 declining balance they receive on their ID card each semester.

The Campus spoke with students about the implementation. It is still unclear how students will respond to the changes, though many students are excited by the change. But, three students regretted the fact that the college would be moving away from a locally owned company in favor of a national brand. – Elaine Velie

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