Bennington College

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1 College Drive

Bennington, VT 05201

Phone: (802) 442-5401
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 3
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Bennington College is a private institution that was founded in 1925. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 688, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 440 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bennington College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 100. Its tuition and fees are $45,680 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The principle of learning by practice underlies every major feature of a Bennington education: the master-apprentice model of teaching and learning; the requirement that students direct the course of their own education; the winter Field Work Term (an annual seven-week internship term), which gives students work experience and connects them to the greater community. Bennington is grounded in the conviction that as a college education develops students' professional capacities, it should also prepare them to be deeply thoughtful and actively engaged citizens of the world.
Bennington's curriculum is shaped by the diverse range of the faculty's experience and expertise, including all of the traditional liberal arts disciplines and the visual and performing arts. A student progresses through Bennington by integrating different areas of the curriculum around central ideas or questions, newly discovered and ongoing. This method of integration is called the Plan Process and is the heart of a Bennington education. The areas of concentration that result differ from traditional majors in that students have developed their own programs of study, working closely with the faculty.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1925
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $15,392,338


When applying to Bennington College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 3, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 3. The application fee at Bennington College is $60. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 63 percent and an early acceptance rate of 67 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.0%
Application deadline January 3
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 3

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bennington College is 9:1, and the school has 81.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bennington College include: Visual and Performing Arts; English Language and Literature/Letters; Social Sciences; Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 59%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 46%
English Language and Literature/Letters 10%
Social Sciences 10%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 8%
Psychology 4%

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Student Life

Bennington College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 688, with a gender distribution of 35.6 percent male students and 64.4 percent female students. At this school, 95 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 5 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 826
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Bennington College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Bennington College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, and lighted pathways/sidewalks. Of the students at Bennington College, 32 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Bennington College.

Students who have cars on campus 32%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bennington College, 64 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $30,716.

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Tuition and fees $45,680 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,190 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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