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Tuesday, Oct 3, 2023

News in Brief: College sees record-breaking applicant pool for third year in a row

Middlebury saw an uptick in its applicant pool this year, with 13,297 applications for the classes of 2027 and 2027.5. Nearly 12,000 prospective students applied during the regular decision round, and more than 1,300 applied in Early Decision rounds I and II.

“We feel fortunate to experience another year of high interest and continued growth in applications from a wide range of students,” Dean of Admissions Nicole Curvin said in a college Newsroom article.

The Admissions Office accepted 516 students who applied early decision — an increase from the 438 accepted from the Early Decision I and II rounds last year. The office is currently reviewing regular decision applications.

The college has seen significant growth in its applicant numbers over the past few years, and this year’s numbers are a 2% increase from last year’s 13,028 applications for the class of 2026. Much of this increase was driven by a large uptick in early decision applications, which increased 28% from the year before.

This admissions cycle marks the third year in a row with a record-breaking applicant pool. Applications surged in the admissions cycle for the class of 2025 — the first admissions process conducted while the college was piloting its test optional policy — growing 30% from the year before. Middlebury accepted 15.7% of applicants in that year — a lower acceptance rate than the previous year’s uptick to 24%. The college received 13,028 applications for the class of 2026 and admitted 15% of the pool.

This is Middlebury’s first year partnering with QuestBridge, a nonprofit organization that offers full scholarships to low income students and matches them to selective colleges. The classes of 2027 and 2027.5 will include the first group of students admitted via the program.

The college expects a total enrollment of 735 for the classes of 2027 and 2027.5, with 630 students beginning in the fall and another 105 matriculating in February.

Correction 03/07/23 - A previous version of this article misstated the expected fall enrollment for the class of 2027. It is 630, not 650.

Abigail Chang

Abigail Chang ’23 (she/her) is the Editor in Chief.  

She previously served as a managing editor, Senior News Editor, News Editor and co-host of The Campus' weekly news radio show.  

Chang is majoring in English and minoring in linguistics. She is a member of the Media Portrayals of Minorities Project, a Middlebury lab that uses computer-assisted and human coding techniques to analyze bulk newspaper data.  

Throughout last year, Chang worked on source diversity and content audits for different media properties as an intern for Impact Architects LLC. Chang spent summer 2021 in Vermont, working as a general assignment reporter for statewide digital newspaper VTDigger.  Chang is also a member of the Middlebury Paradiddles, an a cappella group.