Middlebury College

Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college in Middlebury, Vermont. Founded in 1800 by Congregationalists, Middlebury was the first operating college or university in Vermont.[4] The college currently enrolls 2,526 undergraduates from all 50 states and 74 countries and offers 44 majors in the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as joint engineering programs with Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.[5] In addition to its undergraduate liberal arts program, the school also has graduate schools, the Middlebury College Language Schools, the Bread Loaf School of English, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, as well as its C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad international programs. It is the among the Little Ivies, an unofficial group of academically selective liberal arts colleges, mostly in the northeastern United States.[6]

Middlebury College
Latin: Collegium Medioburiense Viridis Montis
MottoScientia et Virtus (Latin)
Motto in English
Knowledge and Virtue
TypePrivate liberal arts college
EstablishedNovember 1, 1800; 220 years ago (1800-11-01)
AccreditationNECHE
Academic affiliations
Endowment$1.13 billion (2020)[1]
PresidentLaurie L. Patton
Academic staff
311 (2017)[2]
Students2,526
Undergraduates2,549 (2017)[2]
Location, ,
United States

44°00′32″N 73°10′38″W
CampusRural, 350 acres (1,400,000 m2)
Colors Blue  and  White [3]
NicknamePanthers
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIINESCAC
MascotPanther
Websitewww.middlebury.edu

Middlebury is known for progressive teaching and thought. The college was the first American institution of higher education to award a bachelor's degree to an African-American, graduating Alexander Twilight in the class of 1823.[7] 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. In 1965, the college established the first undergraduate Environmental Studies program in the United States, and, in 2019, publicly committed to full divestment of the college's endowment from the fossil fuel industry through its Energy2028 initiative.[8]

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