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Commons System

 Record Group
Identifier: A23


  • Existence: 1992-

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Open for research without restriction.

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Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from:

Special Collections

Davis Family Library

Middlebury College

110 Storrs Avenue

Middlebury, VT 05753


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Biographical / Historical

In 1992, Middlebury College adopted a new residential system that divided all students into one of five Commons. This significant change came after the abolition of fraternities had altered the social system on campus, and the administration knew that a new system must be established. The five Commons are named after important College figures: President Jeremiah Atwater, President Ezra Brainerd, Dean Eleanor Ross, Professor Reginald Cook, and Dean Erica Wonnacott. The Commons provide social programming and a close-knit student government structure. The Commons residential system has evolved greatly since 1992, and currently the Commons system is based on the "4/2" model. The 4/2 model has students always remain part of the Commons they are assigned as freshmen, but only live in Commons-specific housing for the first two years. Junior and senior year housing is determined by a lottery system, and is not determined by Commons affiliation.

More information on the Commons system can be found on the Commons website.


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Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States