MiddCORE’s Summer Immersion Program at Sierra Nevada College

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Earn College Credit. 

MiddCORE Graduates receive one Middlebury College course credit (or the equivalent of 3 semester-hour credits) upon successful completion of the program.

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.

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.  We may not receive a decision about it until early in 2015.  We will update you as soon as we have information to share.

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?

The dates of our Summer 2015 Program are July 11 – August 8

How much does the program cost?

Tuition, room, and board for the Summer 2015 session is $9,500.

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

Application Deadlines for our Summer 2015 Program: 

Round 1: November 15th, 2014
Round 2: February 15th, 2015
Round 3: April 15th, 2015



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