Bennington College Top Questions

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?


A common Bennington stereotype is that we're all rich hipsters here major in liberal arts snobbery. While the stereotype is based on a certain degree of truth, I would say that the vast and overwhelming majority of students do not conform to it. If anything, I think a better stereotype about us is that we're very passionate about our work to the point of driving ourselves crazy.


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.