Middlebury College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Old Chapel on the campus of Middlebury College, Vermont

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Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 17%. Located in the Champlain Valley of central Vermont, Middlebury College is best known for its foreign-language and international studies programs, but the school excels in nearly all fields in the liberal arts and sciences. Middlebury College ranks among the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the country. For its academic strengths, the college was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Middlebury has a robust study-abroad program with schools in 40 countries including China, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Russia, and Spain. The college also boasts an 8-to-1 student/faculty ratio and a mean class size of 19.

Considering applying to this highly selective college? Here are the Middlebury College admissions statistics you should know.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Middlebury College had an acceptance rate of 17%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 17 students were admitted, making Middlebury's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 9,227
Percent Admitted 17%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 41%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Middlebury requires that all applicant submit either SAT or ACT scores, or three SAT subject test scores in different subject areas. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 56% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 660 730
Math 670 770
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Middlebury's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Middlebury scored between 660 and 730, while 25% scored below 660 and 25% scored above 730. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 670 and 770, while 25% scored below 670 and 25% scored above 770. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1500 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Middlebury College.

Requirements

Middlebury does not require the SAT wiring section. Note that Middlebury participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Middlebury College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores, or three SAT subject test scores in different subject areas. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 50% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 31 34

This admissions data tells us that most of Middlebury's admitted students fall within the top 5% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Middlebury received a composite ACT score between 31 and 34, while 25% scored above 34 and 25% scored below 31.

Requirements

Middlebury College does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many schools, Middlebury superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

Middlebury College does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs. However, Middlebury does note that the majority of accepted students rank in the top ten percent of their high school class.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Middlebury College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Middlebury College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Middlebury College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Middlebury College has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Middlebury has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Middlebury's range.

Students with a serious interest in art, music, theater, dance, or video should submit an arts supplement using SlideRoom, a presentation tool that has been integrated into the Common Application. While Middlebury College does not conduct on-campus admissions interviews, they try to arrange alumni interviews for as many applicants as possible off-campus. Be sure to review common interview questions before your interview. Also, if you live in an area where an interview is not possible, note that this will not negatively affect your admissions chances.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students, and you can see that most had "A" averages, SAT scores (ERW+M) above 1300, and ACT composite scores of 28 or higher. Keep in mind, however, that hidden beneath the blue and green on the graph is a bit of red (rejected students) and yellow (waitlisted students). Some students with 4.0 GPAs and excellent standardized test scores were rejected from Middlebury.

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