How to Apply

MiddCORE a Leadership and Innovation Program


MiddCORE is for highly motivated college students and recent college graduates who have a desire to build leadership and communication skills while developing an entrepreneurial mindset. Students should be comfortable in collaborative settings and be prepared for 40 hours a week of intensive project-based learning. MiddCORE is a Middlebury program hosted by Sierra Nevada College and only two blocks from Lake Tahoe.

MiddCORE Dates

June 3 – July 1 2017

Application Deadline: April 15th, 2017

Space is limited, so Apply Now!
You will be notified of a decision within two weeks of the application deadline.

Program Cost

Tuition, room, and board $9,500
Because of the fully-immersive nature of the program, students are required to live on campus.

College Course Credit

MiddCORE graduates gain first-hand experience of life’s essential skills as well as one Middlebury College course credit (or the equivalent of 3 semester-hour credits).

Middlebury College students are encouraged read the Middlebury College handbook policies on summer study credit and how it affects the 36 credits required to graduate.


In order to apply to MiddCORE, you will be redirected to a Middlebury secure login page and asked to create a first-time user account.

There are 2 components to the MiddCORE Summer Program Application

1. Written Application

• Provide contact information for two references
Provide contact information for two references
In 30 words or less tell us what motivates you
Respond to two of the four questions below, 150 words each

Tell us about a time when you observed leadership you admired. What was it about this leadership style that stood out to you? How did the leadership style affect others?

Using a mason jar, blue ribbon, mud, and one object of your choice, create something that would amaze a 2nd grader. Why would this amaze the 2nd grader?

 Tell us about a time in your life when you failed and what you learned from that failure. How have you approached things differently after that failure? How do you think differently about taking risks that may involve failure?

Tell us about an innovative accomplishment that you are most proud of and why it would not have happened without you. What community was impacted by the accomplishment and what did you learn from that experience?

2. Two Reference Forms
To be filled out by the references you list in your written application

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You will need your user name and pin.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

At this time we have exhausted our financial aid funds for our summer 2017 program.  

If you require financial aid assistance for MiddCORE we strongly encourage you to seek other funding sources or to reapply for our Nov. 15th deadline next year for the following summer’s program, as funding often gets exhausted in our earlier application rounds.

Middlebury students on financial aid will be eligible for financial aid for the summer program as funds permit. Funding does run out, and so we encourage students who need financial aid to apply as soon as possible. Financial aid information will be included in the student’s admissions decision letter. Students from other institutions are encouraged to inquire about funding opportunities at their home institutions. In addition, there are a limited number of scholarships awarded to outstanding students with demonstrated financial need. Interviews for these scholarships are set up with students once they are accepted to MiddCORE.

For International Students

Non-U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. visa status that allows full-time study during the dates of the MiddCORE program to be eligible to apply. (Please note: Students cannot participate in our program with a tourist visa status (B-1/B-2) or through the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) because neither allows for full-time study.)

U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents are eligible to attend.

International students who already have F-1 student status from a U.S. college or university that they attend during the academic year may apply to MiddCORE as long as they will maintain their F-1 status throughout the dates of the MiddCORE summer session.

Middlebury College is currently seeking authorization to issue visa documents to be able to bring international students from outside the U.S. to our MiddCORE at Sierra Nevada program for the summer of 2018. Unfortunately we are unable to issue visa documents for our Summer 2017 program.

About Sierra Nevada College

Sierra Nevada College is a small liberal arts college nestled two blocks from the shores of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, NV. It is located about 45 minutes from Reno, NV and 2 hours from Sacramento, CA. The Lake Tahoe Basin is world-renowned for its unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities. Popular summer activities include rock-climbing, beach volleyball, standup paddleboarding, backpacking, kayaking, sailing, water skiing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, amateur archaeology, and wildlife observation.

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