Mission & Philosophy

Athletics are an essential part of the overall educational experience at Middlebury College. The College endeavors to provide athletic programs that are comprehensive and varied, offering athletic opportunities to all students. The Athletic Department is committed to the following:

  • A physical education/wellness program that stresses good health, physical fitness and life-time activities.
  • A vigorous intercollegiate sports program that strives for achievement and excellence.
  • An intramural program that encourages students of varied abilities and skills to participate in a wide range of recreational athletic activities.
  • A club sports program that offers opportunity for intercollegiate competition in a less structured environment

The Middlebury College athletic philosophy is compatible with the school's spirit of academic challenge. Superb coaching and training facilities provide a setting in which student athletes can develop themselves both as players and individuals.

Middlebury student-athletes demonstrate that a pursuit of excellence on the playing field is fully compatible with the pursuit of excellence in the classroom, and that a combination of the two endeavors lends itself to a more complete educational experience. Furthermore, Middlebury's size and balanced curriculum allow two and three-sport athletes to compete throughout the year without jeopardizing their academic standing.

The quality of Panther opponents is guaranteed, as the College's varsity teams compete within the NCAA Division III, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and the ECAC.