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| I want to preface what you are about to read by saying I am a very active member of the school, both academically and socially. Middlebury has an amazing group of people and there are lots of redeeming traits, but . . . |
The administration and CCAL (Center for Campus Activities and leadership) are slowly suppressing the last vestiges of a once vibrant Middlebury social scene. If you are at a small party, 60 people in a large house, public safety (some really nice people but largely made up of dissatisfied townspeople) will harass everyone they see, repeatedly demanding identification of everyone even if they know you are 21. If you respectfully criticize their methods in any way you run a solid risk of being put on probation through a very opaque judicial policy where the dean of the college can and will throw you under the bus.
If you are in a club or student organization CCAL will closely supervise and restrict you. Even if you have an approved budget they will interfere if you step out of line of their wishes. The worst part of this is the way they do it. They will smile to your face and say you are doing a great job while trying to cut your budget and digging around in your files to get you on probation. If that fails public safety will be told to keep a close eye on you as an individual and the organization as a whole.
In addition much of the econ department are ineffective teachers. The school, to its credit, is trying to force them out but as they have tenure they linger on in their inefficiency.
Quality of life, from food to student services has declined steadily in my three years here and in the past decade from everything I have heard. It has gotten to the point where I and many of my friends would transfer were it not difficult to do as a junior.
In a recently released poll taken by the college, satisfaction with social life was ranked a 2.5 out of 5 overall. I believe it to be even lower this year.
For those thinking about coming to Middlebury, I encourage you to still apply because it is still a beautiful place with a great reputation and a lot of opportunities. As a whole the professors are really helpful. Just know you will not have much fun and will face an administration, made up of very few middlebury graduates, that pursues its own agenda regardless of students needs and desires.As I am still a student and fear reprisal I am not going to give my contact email, hope you understand.
|Mar 01 2011|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| I am currently a freshman at Midd, and I have to say I can't wait to transfer out. There is absolutely nothing to do here, and I currently have too much work to party anyway. The closest city isn't even a real city, and it is literally in the middle of nowhere. I knew that the school was small and the surrounding area even smaller, but I had no idea it would make me feel this isolated. Coming from an urban environment, I have never felt more alone, and cry myself to sleep almost every night. The people here are 65% friendly, and the other 35% are assholes, but that's to be expected at any school. I'm just warning prospective students that yes the academics are obviously fantastic, but expect to feel disconnected, isolated, and completely alone. |
|Sep 07 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| The mountains are beautiful and idyllic, and they function perfectly as an ironic contrast to the horror that you will find within Middlebury College. The winters are colder than Antarctica and they last until, well, summer. Middlebury boasts of encouraging campus community through a commons system, and institutional diversity (flatulence!) but the townies are about the only morally decent individuals you will encounter. Middlebury students are close-minded, pretentious and socially graceless. They exist in their own fairy tale where everyone is a rich WASP (White Ango-Saxon Protestant) from a gated community. RACISM runs wild on this campus the likes of which you'd expect to find in a small southern town. If there is an ism that you can think of, Middlebury College has a full stock of it! Every campus has its share of sexual and racial intolerance, but Middlebury College takes it to another level. The campus atmosphere feels like an Arthur Miller play; the small New England community with its share of hypocrisies and witch hunts. I am surprised that public stonings are not offered as a winter sport, alongside skiing. The students are too hung up on frivolous concerns and they lose sight of the intellectual purpose of this institution. Needless to say, it is not an academic environment. I have met many people who have been sought out and victimized like a fox hunt by other students. Are you looking for support against your attackers on this minutely small campus? Nice try, sucker. The administration (swindling rat bastards!) offers virtually no protection for victims of harassment (all kinds, even sexual). The administration BLAMES THE VICTIM for the harassment. I know it's hard to believe in this day and age, but it is the degrading reality of this place. Even the Guidance department is a haven for guilt and brainwashing. That is the reason why many students who have been victimized on this campus do not come forward to the administration, which treats THEM as the perpetrators of the crime. The administration's attitude is, 'well what did you expect? You chose to come here and now you'll simply have to suffer.' You get the impression that they simply don't care, and they deny what is happening in order to avoid controversy that could potentially tarnish the school's image. They sacrifice the psychological and, indeed, physical well-being of its students for this false image. That kind of apathy is unacceptable on a campus as small as this one. The fact that this school is highly selective and small is precisely why they SHOULD take an active interest in the student climate. The students here are truly VILE, and I wouldn't say these things lightly. Trust me, DO NOT waste your time on this Puritannical hellhole. There are too many good schools in the world to hurt yourself like this. Life is too short, and college shouldn't be medieval torture. Middlebury is overpriced (forty thousand a year and rising) and the academics are adequate at best. This school is so bad, you'll probably need therapy after you graduate. |
|Nov 27 2009|| Male --
Class 2000 |