Students Say

One big draw to Bennington College is its “Field Work Term program, where students intern every year for seven weeks to gain practical experience related to their academic interests.” This mandatory program provides a “real-world” opportunity many students appreciate. “It’s a huge advantage upon graduation, because with a degree from Bennington, you automatically have four internships or jobs on your résumé—and that’s only if you do absolutely nothing during summers.”


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
610 - 730
SAT Math
560 - 670
SAT Writing
580 - 700
ACT Composite
27 - 32


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities


Students Say

One big draw to Bennington College is its “Field Work Term program, where students intern every year for seven weeks to gain practical experience related to their academic interests.” This mandatory program provides a “real-world” opportunity many students appreciate. “It’s a huge advantage upon graduation, because with a degree from Bennington, you automatically have four internships or jobs on your résumé—and that’s only if you do absolutely nothing during summers.” An even bigger draw for some students may be Bennington’s Plan Process. “Bennington’s greatest strength is the opportunity that it gives its students to design our own educations, that we are encouraged to study what we are truly passionate about.” This is ideal for students without a clear career focus, as well as those who are “frustrated with the “core requirements” style of education that high school shuttled [them] through” and want to “personally craft your own education tailored to your interests.” As one student explains, “I had no idea what I wanted to do or what I wanted to study. I needed to be free to explore however I please.” A flexible academic plan and yearly internships mean “students are constantly revisiting and reevaluating the questions of ’What do I want to study and why?’” Students are given “not only the freedom to explore a wide range of disciplines but the ability to discover and study [their] passions in depth.” Bennington’s professors received high praise. “The professors here are universally outstanding. Because of Bennington’s teacher-practitioner model, which requires professors to be active professionals in their fields of instruction, students at Bennington are privy to professors who not only are immensely knowledgeable in their fields, but are also so excited to teach about them.” “Most professors treat you as a future colleague rather than a student, which helps foster the experience of learning a skill or ability to analyze.” The school’s small size has a lot of benefits: “Classes are mostly discussion-based, small, and seminar style. Lectures are kept to a strict minimum, and classes are rarely more than twenty people.” But being small “can occasionally impact the curriculum—for example, few art history classes being offered one term. However, Bennington tries to accommodate this, and thus I took a private art history tutorial with a professor instead.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture
  • Environmental Design/Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Biology

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General
  • Communication, General
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Writing, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Voice and Opera


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Michael Pollan ’76
Environmentalist, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Melissa Rosenberg ’86
Writer/producer, The Agency, Dexter; Screenwriter, Twilight Saga

Helen Frankenthaler ’49
Abstract Impressionist, 2001 National Medal of Art

Joan Tower ’61
Grammy Award-winning composer

Jonathan Lethem ’86
Writer, Chronic City; MacArthur Genius Award winner

Alan Arkin ’56
Oscar-winning actor, Little Miss Sunshine; SAG award, Argo

Gay McDougall '69
First U.N. Independent Expert on Minority Issues


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 26

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


Students Say

Bennington students are “a body of individuals.” They are “hipsters, artists, and the next generation of geniuses having a good time and doing real, amazing things in the world.” They are “driven and passionate about their work,” and “everyone here is so amazing and artistic.” “Students tend to be pretty liberal, open, and tolerant. Most students genuinely care about their studies, and they pride themselves on their intellectual nature and academic successes. Most students are artistically aware, and they enjoy discussing literature, film, music, etc.” Although “it’s not a super diverse place ethnically or politically, in terms of diversity of interests, it’s wonderful.” “Everyone truly wants to be here and is engaged in their work.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


66% female
34% male
97% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time


Students Say

Life at Bennington “centers around work,” which is fine with students since “it’s work we really enjoy.” Located in an “absolutely, positively stunning” and “very cozy” campus in the small town of Bennington, Vermont, students spend a lot of time on school grounds. The “unique housing” where students “live in houses instead of dorms” builds a “strong community.” The arts are very popular on campus. “There’s always a concert, or an opening, or a show going on somewhere, and we like to support each other by going to as many events as we can.” “Dance, live music, and drama are really well attended here because the work that goes up is just so good.” Some students find transportation a challenge; “People do make it to Boston and New York City for performances and weekend getaways, though the surrounding area is much more accessible.” “Outside of campus one can walk around the quaint town with lots of shops and restaurants.” “We also go out for dinner a lot at local restaurants.” “Students love eating and cooking together. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed and conversational.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: Psychological Services offers support and referrals. There is also a student organization called “Women Here and Mobilized” that has programming throughout the year.


With 500 acres of woods, ponds, fields, and wetlands, Bennington College has a campus immersed in the environment. Students at Bennington study the nature around them in science classes, hike through the woods for recreation, and even grow their own food in the Student Garden. As such, it shouldn’t be a surprise that sustainability is a prominent goal at Bennington. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highlighted Bennington as a model for how colleges can effect change in their communities. Students in the “Solving the Impossible” course helped the Village of North Bennington transition to more energy-efficient lighting, resulting in a 60,000-pound reduction of carbon emissions. In fact, the school itself recently achieved a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions with a campus-wide conversion to a biomass heating system. In 2011, Bennington signed the ACUPCC and set itself the goal of reaching complete carbon neutrality by 2030. The school is exploring forest management strategies as well as constructing new green buildings, like the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, to meet this ambitious carbon objective. Bennington’s reputation as a rural hippie paradise is reflected in its green campus life. The school encourages students to travel green with its bike share programs and carpooling incentives. The dining hall works hard to provide healthy, sustainable, organic, and delicious food from local sources. There is even a work-study position dedicated to working with dining managers to source more food sustainably. In 2010, PETA named Bennington one of the ten most vegan-friendly colleges in America. Students also are engaged in endowment divestment; their feedback has been an important consideration in how the College manages its investments. And they find lots of support in launching their sustainability-focused careers. During an annual internship term, students work with such organizations as the EPA, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and the Nature Conservancy; a 2013 graduate won a Fulbright Fellowship to study biogas, research he began at Bennington.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

We do not have any special agreements with hardware vendors, but Apple and Dell offer higher ed discounts.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Marta Stringham
Visit Coordinator

Office of Admissions
One College Drive
Bennington, VT 05201



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Center for the Advancement of Public Action
Visual and Performing Arts Center
Edward Clark Crossett Library
Student Center
Commons Dining Hall and Lounge
The Center for the Advancement of Public Action, designed by internationally renowned architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, is a major new, green academic facility on the Bennington campus. It invites you to put the world's most pressing problems at the center of your education, or to incorporate it into your work in other disciplines.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
MASS MoCA Art Museum
Clark Art Museum
Bennington Battle Monument and Historic District
Outlet stores and shopping in Manchester, VT
Numerous ski and recreation areas
Located in the buzzing and picturesque southwestern tip of Vermont, Bennington borders New York's capital region and the Berkshire region of western Massachusetts. The College is a short drive to its southern neighbors Williams College, The Clark Art Museum, and MASS MoCA and to the shopping, outdoor adventure, and literary offerings just to its north in Manchester, Vermont. Saratoga Springs, upstate New York's cultural hub, is 45 minutes away.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; some Saturdays
9-5; 10-2 Saturdays

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: During admissions office hours
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

9-5; 10-2 Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

1-night stay; only specified days


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Albany, NY, airport and Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak train station are approximately 40 miles from campus. For transportation from the airport or train station to campus, please contact Alternative Limousine Services (866-212-5466) or CLS Transportation (802-447-1609).

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Albany area, follow Route 7 East toward Vermont. Continue onto Bennington Bypass. Continue onto VT 279E/Bennington Connector. Take ramp to VT 67A N/N Bennington Rd, and turn left onto VT 67A N/N Bennington Rd. Follow for less than a mile (Home Depot is on your right). After second set of lights, the College entrance is on the right. Turn right, through the gates, onto College Drive. Follow College Drive up the hill to the Campus Safety booth (on your left). Visitors' parking is located to the right across from the Campus Safety booth. From the New York City area, take I-87 to I-787 North (Exit 23) toward Downtown Albany/Rensselaer/Troy. Take Exit 9E (Troy/Bennington) and follow Route 7 East toward Vermont. Follow the directions from Route 7 listed above.

Local Accommodations
Less than 1 mile from the college is a Hampton Inn (51 Hannaford Square; 866-372-8688 or 802-440-9862). This facility was built in 2005 and features an indoor pool. One mile away is the inexpensive Best Western New Englander (220 Northside Dr.; 802-442-6311). This facility has an outdoor pool and lawn games in the summer. Four miles from campus is the Vermonter Motor Lodge (West Rd.; 802-442-2529), which is open from May through December. A double room is inexpensive, and for a relatively modest rate you can enjoy mountain views. The lodge also has its own pond and cottages. About 5 miles from the school is South Shire Bed-and-Breakfast (124 Elm St.; 802-447-3839). This wonderful Victorian mansion has 5 rooms in the main house that are moderately expensive and 4 (somewhat more pricey) luxurious accommodations with Jacuzzis and fireplaces in the carriage house. The Henry House Inn located in North Bennington (802-442-7045; lt;http://www.henryhouseinn.comgt;) is a charming establishment. It was built in 1769, boasts six fireplaces and 25 acres of forest and meadows.
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