MiddCORE Immersion at Middlebury

Due to increased demand and in order to ensure a diverse class, acceptance into MiddCORE’s January Immersion program is now by approval only.  To apply, students should send an email to middCORE@middlebury.edu by 5pm on Saturday, Nov. 8th, 2014 with the following information:

  • Name
  • Class Year
  • Major
  • A brief paragraph explaining why you want to be in MiddCORE
  • Please put “January 2015 Immersion Application” as the email’s subject line


Decisions will be emailed out by Sunday evening, November 9th, 2014.

MiddCORE Immersion is intense.

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 valuable set of skills, a network of supportive peers and mentors, and a newfound confidence in their ability to impact the world. (View our Testimonials)

In short, they leave prepared to lead.

MiddCORE was awarded The 2014 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award which recognizes high impact in education innovations.


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