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Founded in 1932, Bennington College. is a Private college. Located in Vermont, which is a city setting in Vermont, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 711 full time undergraduate students, and 94 full time graduate students.
The Bennington College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 9:1. There are 60 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Bennington College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,7% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 17 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
93% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 67% were in the top quarter, and 35% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Bennington College.
33 Students rated on-campus housing 4.3 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.
19 Students rated off-campus housing 2.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
33 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.
33 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.
33 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 76 % gave the school a 5.0.
33 Students rated school activities 3.4 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.
33 Students rated local services 3.2 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.
33 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.
10 Students rated Bennington College
The classes I have taken so far have been fun and stimulating. I have learned a lot and have connected with people of various interests and majors. The professors I have had have been nice and very knowledgeable on their subjects. They always want us to do our bests. I feel my adjustment has gone smoother than I anticipated. However, there have been some incidents that the school must address and properly take care of. Food is good, but it gets repetitive sometimes.
BENNINGTON IS AWESOME! It is a place where people can be themselves and pursue a course of study that fits THEIR passions, interests, needs, and what they want to pursue for the rest of their lives! With Bennnington's open curriculum and Plan Process, students are able to create and learn through their own plan of study. For example we have one person pursuing a plan in alien life and another in neuroscience and dance!
Bennington College is a place to grow, to learn, and to become an adult. You almost certainly will be pushed out of your comfort zone, by teachers who want to see you succeed and develop and by fellow students who astound you and motivate you to be the best you can be. The leap into adult life is frightening, but being around so many other people making that leap takes some of the fear out of it, especially since the small student body feels more like family than anything else.
However, Bennington is a school for people who know what they want and are able to reach out and take it. Initiative is key - you won't be coddled. The college encourages students to explore courses and disciplines outside of their intended academic fields, and many students find themselves enthralled in some new subject, a change of heart that is welcomed by the school. But at the core of the learning is the student's own drive to achieve their goals. Students cannot expect to take courses that interest them without a common thread and a core idea behind their studies.
Bennington is an incredibly nurturing and forward thinking school, and a great place to take those first steps into adulthood, but do not be fooled by the lack of majors and their attitude towards SAT scores: Bennington is a tough school.
I'd never go elsewhere except Bennington.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Bennington College is 59%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Artful, friendly, unique, inspiring.
Sitting down for a chat with my college self would have made that last year of high school far easier. My anxieties about college were abundant, and ranged from the important ("What if I'm not up to par with the other students?" "What if Bennington doesn't offer the courses I want?" "Will I lose discipline without a rigid academic structure?") to the inane ("Won't it we awkward to share a bathroom with eight people?"). Knowing what I know now, I can tell Little Me that the college environment has pushed me to both compete with and benefit from my talented and insightful classmates, and that my school anticipates the need for new courses and gives students the freedom to create their own classes, and take charge of their academic experience. This level of control has given me the confidence to take risks with my education and explore my interests, and rather than flounder without a framework to adhere to I'm instead becomming the chief architect of my own unique curriculum. If I knew all this then, I could have slept a little easier.
...And yeah, sharing a bathroom with eight people is a little weird.
The faculty has small classes so that you get close with them, especially those within your discipline. Classes vary. Sometimes they are like apprenticeships, other times they can be discussions on material.
The Music Department is great. All the teachers are active in their field professionally so they are all composers and do gigs and some are even rockstars.
Finals are never typical finals. This time around I had to built a maraca out of aluminum to go on the end of a pencil, compose a four-part canonic piece, die as Juliet in her final death scene and learn a song on fiddle by ear.
What I do always sounds like complete b.s. to everyone else but to you it means so much, it means a thousand moments of confidence building, aconventional, scary learning that you have to invest a lot into.
There are slackers here but really to survive and moreoever, to actually get something to get out of it, YOU are your backbone, nobody else. You decide the direction of your work, how much you study, what you want out of your classes. There's no grades, but it makes it that much more intense. You have to learn for yourself and fight for yourself.
A Bennington Education is foofy imaginary creature up in the air that hangs up there till you grab it down and make it your own. There is a mention in your plan essays about what you want to do with your life and what you want your life work to be but it's not big. It's what you want. You're paying the big bucks after all.
Bennington College is like Hogwarts.
The house you live in has a definite personality and relationship to the community and you generally become more familiar with them and when drama insues (it always does) you'll find your house grows to be like a family.
You either love here or you hate it here. Even when you love it, it's like an old married couple kind of love, where you're constantly making snide, bitter remarks about the Dining Hall food.
Speaking of Dining Hall, this becomes a huge part of your life. You are required to pay for the Dining Hall for all your meals. Breakfast, Lunch Dinner. Its a favorite point of common grievance between students. The food is often exotic, bad, and bland. Our Dining Hall often makes meat-eaters into vegetarians. And yes. There are many meat-eaters at Bennington College.
The Adminstration is not well-liked. They have made many decisions recently that have filtered out some of the Bennington stand-bys. The book store guy that used to be a porn-star who was always there for advice had his position terminated. Our own beloved security guards who give how-to-fix-your-car classes on the side and who will take care of you and who are more concerned about you not dying that about busting you are having their positions placed in jeopardy. And while they are firing the people that we love, they are putting in a swimming pool. We don't understand. Nobody understands. Everybody blames and hates the admistration.
I say Hogwarts because you are not just signing up for a school here, you are signing up for a world. You learn from everybody, from the sculpture tech, from your fellow students, from your faculty advisors. There's not a lot of university brand school pride. But there is a lot of passion. This is not a place for the weak because the bubble will drive you insane. You have to have passion to survive here.
There's a nice air at Bennington where anything can happen. It's interesting because there can be a lot of negative attitudes and skepticism but at the same time, I would feel perfectly comfortable wearing a feather boa to go eat dinner. Bennington is a place that stresses a lot of people because it can be very intense. There's a constant drive to do something cool, for your work to be out of the box. This leads to some general silliness and an upper crust of people. Some people compare it to high school but it's only that way if you actually let yourself care about it.
I only know one person that has peed out of a window and interpretative dances are not accepted as a plan essay anymore.
And there is a feeling that art can change the world that what we are doing, what our work is, is important.
As far as the Bennington girl is, I have seen a lot of drama happen, but really, Bennington girls are great, at least the ones I've known. While the social climate can be trying, at the same time you are surrounded by passionate, driven people that go a small country college in the middle of the Vermont wilderness often away from homes, families, boyfriends, plunged into a curriculum of hardcore difficult things that expect crazy things from you, and you either deal or wilt under the pressure. Bennington girls are definitely dynamic, and when blowing off the pressures of the day, do sometimes get a little wild. And don't wear shirts.
Not all Bennington boys are sluts but there is a definite advantage to being male in going to Bennington. They are just as great as the girls.
Bennington students are thought to be, largely, rich, vegan, hippie kids who didn't fit in in high school, and who are kind of flighty.
I was in CAB, the Community Activities Board last term. I hosted Karaoke and Open Mic. We're a community that has inside jokes and people can get Bennington famous. You will know a lot of people by name and reputation before you ever get a chance to introduction yourselves. Really, we're all just kids looking to have a good time. There's definitely a bubble that makes you forget the context of your existence after awhile.
My best friends lived in the same house as me. You get to be very close with the people in your house. Each house is almost like a fraternity/sororities kind of.
There are not of a lot of things going on, and you are pretty sequestered in the wilderness. CAB brought in bands and other entertaining things as well as play movies. There's always a lot of Student work and people are always supportive of it. If you go to Bennington you will know ALL about modern dance and become kind of an connosieur.
The dating scene is not existent. There's a lot of hooking up, a lot of drunken ramblings. I don't drink but my friends all do. A good time at Bennington is getting trashed and singing horrible pop/rap songs. There are house parties about every weekend where they hook up big speakers and crank "AWW SKEET MOTHERFUCKAAAH OH SKEET SKEET GOD DAMN!" so that the whole campus can feel it.
Sometimes your fellow students will become your entertainment because of the entanglements they get themselves into.
But really, the social scene is the same as the academic scene. Bennington, like life, is what you make of it. You can go follow the stream of partiers and get trashed, or like the first time I realized that my best friend was my best friend, you can spend a minute at the Bingham porch party and instead run away from your drunk friends and go watch the stars on the abandoned basketball court and run around causing various mischief.
Bennington is full of flaky people it will make you feel flaky, uncentered, depressed, lonely and unsure of the path you should take.
But it sparkles like the underside of a clam shell and once you decide that no, Bennington College, I am a bigger person than you, then you can use it like somebody would use a plow and make your education and begin your life.
Your education at Bennington will never be ordinary and unlike classes that force you to cram and follow a textbook, you will be all over the place with all kinds of proffessors (I have taken African Dance, physics, Metalshop and Italian) learn all kinds of things (I know how to stage combat, I know how to roll my hips and weld with acetalyne and I can tell you all about torque, 16th century counterpoint and what an idiolect is).
If you do choose Bennington, be fucking prepared. Its a wild, wild place.
In the higher levels of school governance there is a beurocracy firmly in place that sometimes jeopardizes the freedom of criticism among students. Friends of mine have gotten in trouble for writing articles that portray the administration in an unfavorable light.
Because Bennington is a school that believes in building your own education from the ground up, choosing your own courses, deciding for yourself what you need to study and what that means in your life, there are two types of students at Bennington: those who give their all, work constantly, only taking breaks to complain about how they have no time and those who, yes, study what they want, but find the easiest ways to do so.
I think the best thing about Bennington is the availability and friendliness of the professors and students. They really want to help you.
That living on campus would grow old.
dorm rooms, traditional parties, atmosphere, student work
Someone who can't stand being buried in the country or who needs constant external stimulation. Anyone who is not serious about their studies.
Poets, snow, Bret Easton Ellis, and hipsters.
Exotic hair colors, face paint, dreadlocks, piercings, homemade clothes, or no clothes at all are fairly common sights – however there is also a fair share of hipsters and Vermont farmer types to be seen too. It is often said that Bennington is the place where those that were outcasts or freaks in high school go to become part of the majority. Though for the most part all types of people are able to find their place in this campus on thing you wont find many republicans, churchgoers, math-enthusiasts, fraternity bros, or preppy athletes. There is however a lot of body hair to be seen as well as clogs. I think the stereotype of forward-thinking, open-minded, passionate individuals is fairly accurate but it comes in many shapes and sizes.
A benny is a person who loves knowledge for knowledge's sake, who relishes an idealistic debate or an academic argument. Expect to be pushed. Expect to be challenged. Expect that you will hate Bennington at times, and question your decision to attend. But also expect that, if you persever, you will be forever changed, prepared to take on challenges in a way you never thought possible.
seeing funds going towards new student centers and the like instead of academic resources, such as the library (which hasn't been updated since the seventies) and the science laboratories.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
85% of students
attending Bennington College receive some sort of financial aid.
18% were awarded federal grants.
While 50% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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