MiddCORE Immersion is intense.
A diverse group of students from top liberal arts colleges and universities bring their energy and curiosity to the shores of Lake Tahoe. Collaborating in groups of 15-20, and working over 40 hours a week for one month, students face daily, weekly, and month-long challenges designed to build the CORE strengths needed to become effective leaders and creative problem solvers.
MiddCORE Immersion is experiential.
Students learn by doing. They learn to think strategically by addressing real challenges posed by partner organizations. They learn to innovate by developing and testing the feasibility of their own ideas in the MiddCORE Innovation Challenge. They learn to communicate persuasively by engaging in improvisation exercises, idea pitches, and story-making workshops. They learn to negotiate by practicing conflict resolution. They learn to handle the unexpected by managing crises. And they set their own moral compass by generating best responses to ethical dilemmas.
MiddCORE Immersion is collaborative.
Working in small groups students learn to listen, create, collaborate, and lead. Through formal and informal interactions with dynamic, engaging, and successful mentors, students learn to take calculated risks, be more resourceful, identify opportunities, and deal with ambiguity.
MiddCORE students arrive with curiosity and ambition. They leave with a unique set of skills, a vast network of mentors, and a newfound confidence. View our Testimonials
In short, they leave prepared to lead.
Who should apply?
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 forty hours a week of impact-focused, project-based learning.
What visas do international students need to attend?
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 allow 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.
For Summer 2013, MiddCORE was unable to sponsor visas for non-U.S. citizens who did not already have a valid U.S. visa status that allows full-time study during the dates of the MiddCORE program. However, we are seeking authorization from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to be able to do so in the future.
If you are a non-U.S. citizen and have any questions about your eligibility to participate in our program, please contact International Student & Scholar Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there any Financial Aid? Do you offer Scholarships?
Middlebury students on financial aid will be eligible for financial aid for the summer program. Students from other institutions are encouraged to inquire about aid opportunities with the aid office at their home institutions. In addition, there will be a limited number of scholarships awarded to outstanding students with demonstrated financial need.
Where is Sierra Nevada College?
Sierra Nevada College is a small liberal arts college nestled along 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.
What are the dates of the program?
Dates of our Summer 2015 Program will be posted in early fall of 2014
How much does the program cost?
Tuition, room, and board for the summer 2014 session was $9,500. The cost of the Summer 2015 Program will be posted in early fall of 2014.
Is there academic credit awarded?
Currently, each student who completes the program will be awarded a MiddCORE certificate in Leadership and Innovation by Middlebury College. Additionally, students will be provided with a syllabus and an explanation of the curriculum in order to apply for academic credit from their home institution.
How do I apply?
There are 3 components to the MiddCORE Summer Program Application:
1. Written Application
-Provide contact information for two references
-Respond to two of four short answer questions, 150 words each
2. $65 Application Fee
-If you are applying for financial aid, your application fee may be waived. Please contact MiddCOREadmissions@middlebury.edu
3. Two Reference Forms
- To be filled out by the references you list in your written application
When is the application due?
Application Deadlines will be posted in early fall of 2014
Summer 2014 Accepted Students:
Please refer to our Accepted Students Page for more info about this upcoming summer’s MiddCORE program