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|Motto: Scientia et Virtus "Knowledge and Virtue" Seal's Inscription : Coll. Med. Virid. Mon. "Collegium Medioburiense Viridis Montanis : Middlebury College in Vermont"|
|School type||Private coeducational|
|President||Ronald D. Liebowitz|
|Annual Fees||$40,400 (2004–2005)|
|Campus size||350 acres (1.4 km²) (main campus)
1,500 acres (6 km²) (mountain campus)
Middlebury College is a small, selective liberal arts college located in the small, New England hamlet of Middlebury, Vermont. Founded in 1800, the college has a long history of distinguished scholarship, and is particularly known for the strength of its foreign language and writing programs. Today, Middlebury consistently ranks among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation. The 350 acre (1.4 km²) main campus is located in the Champlain Valley between Vermont's Green Mountains to the east and New York's Adirondack Mountains to the west, while nearby is a 1,500 acre (6 km²) mountain campus, where Middlebury operates the Bread Loaf School of English and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, founded by poet Robert Frost, every summer.
Approximately 2,300 students attend Middlebury during the regular academic year. Founded in 1915, the Middlebury Language Schools take over the campus during the summer, teaching about 1,200 students Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Alexander Twilight, class of 1823, was the first black graduate of any college in the United States.
Middlebury competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference; its athletic strengths are in lacrosse, hockey, and skiing, but generally enjoys success in all disciplines. Also, it has approximately 30 varsity NCAA teams. The Middlebury campus includes a downhill ski area, the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, and the Carroll and Jane Rikert Ski Touring Center in the mountains near the Bread Loaf campus. The college mascot is the panther.
In May 2004, an anonymous benefactor made a $50 million donation to Middlebury. It was the largest cash gift the school has ever received. The donation brought Middlebury's total endowment to more than $700 million. The donor asked only that Middlebury name its recently built science building, Bicentennial Hall, after outgoing President John McCardell Jr.
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