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Bennington College

Bennington, VT

Students interested in this college are also interested in:
Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, Hampshire College, Skidmore College, New York University, Vassar College

Bennington, founded in 1932, is a private, liberal arts college. Its 550-acre campus is located on a former farm in the Green Mountains and includes original farm buildings converted to classrooms and studios.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students704
   Women455 (64.6%)
   Men249 (35.4%)
Graduate Students97


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate63% of 1,099 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math615 average
550-670 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading663 average
590-730 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing636 average
580-700 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite26-32 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$69,440
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met77%
Average Freshman Award$37,255
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Not required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 34% of classes
10-19 students: 56% of classes
20-29 students: 9% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes


Bennington Population15,737
Nearest Metropolitan AreaAlbany, NY
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 97% of all students
Athletic Conferences 


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.1.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.8% Asian
1.8% Black/African-American
7.1% Hispanic/Latino
5.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
75.0% White
6.7% Unknown
International Students12.5% from 44 countries
First-Year Students Returning81.8%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.61 3.69 675 645 31
Low 3.19 3.00 590 600 30
High 4.00 4.13 760 690 34
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