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.

Website: www.bennington.edu/

Private
Co-ed
775
Undergraduate
Students
(64.6%) 501 Women
(35.4%) 274 Men
76
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
57% of 1,465 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
26-31 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$74,470
Tuition and Fees
$53,860
Room and Board
$15,610
Average Percent of Need Met
88%
Average Freshman Award
$43,749
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$27,470
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
60
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 34% of classes
10-19 students: 56% of classes
20-29 students: 8% of classes
30-39 students: 0% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Bennington Population
15,737
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Albany, NY
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
98% of all students
Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
 
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.3% Asian
4.6% Black/African-American
11.9% Hispanic/Latino
5.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
70.4% White
4.9% Unknown
International Students
16.4% from 56 countries
First-Year Students Returning
78.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
56.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English    
Mathematics    
Science    
Foreign Language    
Social Studies    
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted January 3
SAT Only Considered if submitted January 3
ACT Only Considered if submitted January 3
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted January 3
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
One College Drive
City, State, Zip
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone
(802) 440-4312
Fax
(802) 447-4269
E-mail
admissions@bennington.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
March 22
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 15
Early Decision Notification
December 14, February 8
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
December 1
Early Action Notification
February 1

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
Graded analytic paper required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
57% of 1,465 applicants were admitted
Women
59% of 935 applicants were admitted
Men
52% of 530 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
242 (29%) of 829 admitted students enrolled
Women
169 (31%) of 552 admitted students enrolled
Men
73 (26%) of 277 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
53% of 90 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
69% of 408 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
26-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
41%
Score of 24 - 29
41%
Score of 18 - 23
18%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$74,470
Tuition and Fees
$53,860
Room and Board
$15,610
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Other Expenses
$3,350
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
January 3
Award Notification
On or about March 27
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003682
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
144 (65.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
132 (91.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
132 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
18 (13.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
88%
Average Award
$43,749
Need-Based Gift
Received by 132 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $40,246
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 110 (83.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,204
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 11 (8.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
34 (15.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $21,973

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
446 (62.2%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
418 (93.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
418 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
48 (11.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
82%
Average Award
$41,595
Need-Based Gift
Received by 418 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $36,862
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 371 (88.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,332
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 26 (6.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
201 (28.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $25,589

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
65%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$27,470
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
9.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
134
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,128
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Acting
  • American Government and Politics (United States)
  • American History (United States)
  • American Literature (United States)
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Child Development
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Ecology
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • European History
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • International/Global Studies
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Painting
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Voice and Opera
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing, General
  • Zoology/Animal Biology
Most Popular Disciplines
Visual and performing arts, English, Social sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Not required

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
60
Part-Time Faculty
65
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
38%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 34% of classes
10-19 students: 56% of classes
20-29 students: 8% of classes
30-39 students: 0% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
299,256
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
40
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Fine Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Dance
  • Music
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Bennington Population
15,737
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Albany, NY
Campus Size
440 acres

Weather

Temperature
7.5 average low in January, 75.8 average high in September
Rain
155 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Bennington
Nearest Train Station
50 mile(s) from campus in Albany, N.Y.

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing
Students in College Housing
98% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
2%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
prevention/awareness program

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
 
School Colors
 

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Women's Club Sports
basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee
Men's Club Sports
basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cross-country running, equestrian sports, golf, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, program activity council, bennington free press, student endowment for the arts, silo: student journal of arts and letters, the purple carrot farm
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
775
Women
501 (64.6%)
Men
274 (35.4%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
724
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.3% Asian
4.6% Black/African-American
11.9% Hispanic/Latino
5.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
70.4% White
4.9% Unknown
International Students.
16.4% from 56 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
76

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
78.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
56.1%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
67%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
67.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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