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Bennington College

Bennington, VT

At A Glance

Main Address

1 College Dr

Bennington, VT 05201-6003

Admission Office

One College Drive

Bennington, VT 05201-6003

(802) 440-4312

Fax : (802) 440-4320

Contact : Tony Cabasco

Vice President for Enrollment

Type of School



liberal arts college

4-year school


Regionally Accredited

New England Association of Colleges and Schools

College Board Member

College Board Code: 3080

Quick Facts

Regular Application Deadline : January 15

Percentage of students graduating within 6 years : 76.0%

Total undergraduates : 733

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 179

Percentage of financial need met (average) : 86.0%

Average financial aid package : $47,458.00

In-State Tuition : $58,699.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $58,699.00

School Calendar


Degrees Available




Large Town (10-50k)


Residential campus



Application rolling begin : Mar 23

Regular application due: Jan 15

Priority application due : --

College will notify student of admission : --

Student must reply to acceptance by : May 1 (or within 2 week(s) if notified after May 1st)

Housing deposit due : --

Early Decision And Action

Early action application due : Dec 1

College will notify student of early action admission by : Jan 31

Early decision application due : Nov 15

College will notify student of early decision by : Dec 13

Other early decision deadline : Jan 15

College will notify student of other early decision by : Feb 7


SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : Jun 30

SAT subject score report due : Jun 30

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : Jan 3

Financial Aid Priority Application due : Jan 3

College will notify student : Mar 27

Student must reply : May 1

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : Mar 15

College will notify student of transfer decision by : May 1

Transfer priority application date : --

Transfer student must reply : Jun 1

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : Mar 15

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : Mar 15

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : Apr 5

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : May 1

International Students

Fall application due : Jan 15

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : Semester

Student-faculty ratio : 10 to 1

Degrees Offered in : Bachelor's, Master's degrees

Graduating in 6 years : 76.0%

Returning for sophomore year : 83.0%

Accreditation and Associations

New England Association of Colleges and Schools

Regionally Accredited

College Board Member

Most Popular Majors

Visual and Performing Arts : 48.0%
English : 9.0%
Social Sciences : 7.0%
Foreign Languages and Literature : 6.0%
Public Administration and Social Services : 5.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B
Environmental Design/Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American/Black Studies B
Asian Studies/Civilization B
Gay/Lesbian Studies B
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women's Studies B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology/Biological Sciences, General B
Ecology B
Environmental Biology B
Evolutionary Biology B
Neuroscience B

Communication, Journalism & Related Programs
Communication, General B
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia B
Journalism B
Radio and Television B

Communications Technologies & Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects B
Recording Arts Technology/Technician B

Computer & Information Sciences, Support Services
Computer Graphics B
Computer Science B
Computer and Information Sciences, General B

Education, General B

Engineering, General B

Engineering Technologies/Technicians
Robotics Technology/Technician B

English Language, Literature & Letters
Creative Writing B M
English Language and Literature, General B
General Literature B
Writing, General B

Foreign Language, Literatures & Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature B
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General B
French Language and Literature B
Italian Language and Literature B
Japanese Language and Literature B
Language Interpretation and Translation B
Linguistics B
Spanish Language and Literature B

Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies B
Public Health, General B

History, General B

Legal Professions & Studies
Pre-Law Studies B

Liberal Arts & Sciences, Gen Studies & Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies B
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies B

Mathematics & Statistics
Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics, General B

Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences B
International/Globalization Studies B
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B
Chemistry, General B
Environmental Chemistry B
Geology/Earth Science, General B
Physical Sciences, General B
Physics, General B

Psychology, General B
Social Psychology B

Public Administration & Social Services
Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Cultural Anthropology B
Economics, General B
Geography B
International Relations and Affairs B
Political Science and Government, General B
Social Sciences, General B
Sociology B

Visual & Performing Arts
Acting B
Art History, Criticism and Conservation B
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics B
Cinematography and Film/Video Production B
Costume Design B
Dance, General B M
Design and Visual Communications, General B
Digital Arts B
Directing and Theatrical Production B
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts, General B
Drawing B
Fashion/Apparel Design B
Film/Cinema/Media Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts, General B
Industrial and Product Design B
Intermedia/Multimedia B
Music History, Literature, and Theory B
Music Performance, General B
Music Theory and Composition B
Music, General B M
Painting B
Photography B
Playwriting and Screenwriting B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B
Technical Theater/Theater Design and Technology B
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism B
Visual and Performing Arts, General B
Voice and Opera B

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

Independent Study


Student-Designed Major


Dual Enrollment of High School Students

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Off-Campus Study Options

Study Abroad

New York Semester

Computer Services

130 Public computers, available in: Computer Center, Libraries, Student Center

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Wireless network available

Computer repair service available on campus

Student web hosting available

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Size : Small

Unique Facilities : observatory, greenhouse, nature preserves, visual and performance arts center with three theaters, museum

Geographic Location : 40 miles from Albany, NY, 150 miles from Boston.

Large Town


Residential Campus

Total undergraduates : 733

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 179

Degree-seeking undergrads : 702

Graduate enrollment : 97

Student General Information

All students average age : 21

Full time students average age : 20

In state students : 4.0%

Out of state students : 96.0%

Part Time students : 4.0%

Percentage of males : 35.0%

Percentage of females : 65.0%


Two or more races : 4.0%

Black African American : 4.0%

Hispanic/Latino : 10.0%

Race Ethnicity Unknown : 3.0%

White : 58.0%

Non-Resident Alien : 20.0%

Housing Policies

First-year students living in college housing : 99.0%

All undergraduates living in college housing : 98.0%

Housing Options

Coed Housing

Additional Housing Options

Car is allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

Sport's Levels Available


Counseling And Wellness

Career counseling

Employment services for undergraduates

Financial aid counseling

Health services

Personal counseling

Economically disadvantaged students services

Alcohol/substance abuse counseling

Minority students services

Women's services

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Partial services for students with learning disabilities

Academic Support Programs


Study skills assistance

Writing center

Reduced course load


Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries


Choral Groups


Concert Band


Dance Activity




Film Society




Government or Political Activity


International Student Organization


Jazz Band


Literary Magazine


Marching Band


Model United Nations


Music Ensembles


Musical Theater




Pep Band


Radio Station




Student Newspaper


Symphony Orchestra


Television Station





Sport Name

Levels Available


Men's Club

Women's Club


Men's Club

Women's Club


Men's Club

Women's Club


Men's Club

Women's Club


Men's Club

Women's Club


Men's Club

Women's Club

Ultimate Frisbee

Men's Club

Women's Club


Men's Club


General Applying Information

Application Fee: $0.00

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Total applicants : 1,344

Admitted : 817

Enrolled : 179

Somewhat selective 61.0% of applicants admitted

Applied early admission : 59

Admitted early admission : 30

Applied early action : 439

Admitted early action : 295

Plan Available for early admission : Early action - not restrictive, Early decision

Offered place on waitlist : 132

Number accepting place : 75

Accepted from list : 26

Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Very Important

Academic GPA

Application Essay

Character/Personal Qualities



Rigor of secondary school record



Class Rank

Extracurricular Activities

Standardized Test Scores

Volunteer Work

Work Experience

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

Considered if submitted: SAT Subject Tests

SAT score use policy

Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates

Additional requirements for home-schooled students

Special requirements for home-schooled applicants:

(in addition to any polices listed)

Statement describing home school structure and mission

State high school equivalency certificate

Letter of recommendation from person other than parent

Other Test Policies

Information not supplied by college

A note from the college

Intellectual curiosity, a creative spark, and a capacity for self-direction are most important; evidence of these characteristics are welcome in any part of the application. While not required, an interview is strongly recommended.

High school class rank of incoming freshmen

Top Tenth : 29.0%

Top Quarter : 69.0%

Top Half : 91.0%

Bottom Half : 9.0%

Bottom Quarter : 3.0%

GPAs of incoming freshmen

3.5 - 3.74 : 26.0%

3.25 - 3.49 : 31.0%

3.00 - 3.24 : 7.0%

2.50 - 2.99 : 11.0%

2.00 - 2.49 : 1.0%

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

700 - 800 : 50.0%

600 - 699 : 45.0%

500 - 599 : 5.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

SAT Math

700 - 800 : 28.0%

600 - 699 : 41.0%

500 - 599 : 28.0%

400 - 499 : 3.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

ACT Composite

30 - 36 : 70.0%

24 - 29 : 17.0%

18 - 23 : 13.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : Yes

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : No

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : Yes

From the college: For Students who have enrolled in an AP curriculum, Bennington may grant credit for exam scores of 5. Four credits are granted per exam. 

High school Coursework

High School diploma required, GED accepted

Course Name















Social Studies



Foreign Language



Science Lab



TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : 34.0% and Percent who submitted ACT scores : 13.0%

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

590 - 700

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

660 - 740

ACT Composite

29 - 32


Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

% of scholarship / grants : 88.0%

% of loans / jobs : 12.0%

% of freshmen with need who received financial aid : 93.0%

% Applied for need-based aid : 97.0%

% Judged to have need : 71.0%

% that were offered aid : 65.0%

% that had need fully met : 14.0%

% of need met : 86.0%

Average 1st year financial aid package : $47,458.00

Avg non need-based aid : $26,211.00

Avg need-based scholarship or grant award : $44,614.00

Avg need-based loan : $2,224.00

Avg indebtedness at graduation : $29,443.00

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Priority Deadline : Jan 3

Regular Financial Aid Deadline : Jan 3

Financial Aid Notification Date : Mar 27

Respond By Date : May 1

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Heather Clifford

Financial aid office phone : (802) 440-4325

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:


Noncustodial (divorced/separated) Parents Statement

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Institution's own financial aid form

Noncustodial Profile

Part-Time Costs

Cost per credit hour (in-state): $2,390.00

Cost per credit hour (out-of-state): --

Note: These costs are tuition fees only. In some cases, fees and other expenses can be additional.

Need-based financial aid determined by


Alumni Affiliation



Minority Status


Non need-based financial aid determined by


Alumni Affiliation



Minority Status


Tuition payment plans

Credit card payment

Installment payment

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

In-state tuition and fees:




Out-of-state tuition and fees:




Room and board:




Books and supplies:




Estimated personal expenses:




Transportation expenses:




Estimated Total In-state:




Estimated Total Out-of-state:




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For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: --

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): --

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): 2

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: 64

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: 64

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: 64

Admission Requirements (Required)

High School Transcript

College Transcript(s)

Essay or Personal Statement


Statement of good standing from Prior Institution(s)

Students who applied for transfer

Total students who applied for transfer: 57

Transfers admitted percentage: 45.0%

Transfers admitted: 26

Transfers enrolled percentage: 7.0%

Transfers enrolled: 4

Students who applied for transfer from 2 year schools: 50.0%

Students who applied for transfer from 4 year schools: 50.0%

Terms in which transfer students may enroll



Transfers accepted as

1st semester freshman

2nd semester freshman



Services for students transferring IN from another school



Special Requirements


For International Students

Admission for International Students

International Application Due for Fall 2021: Jan 15

Application fee: --

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $58,699.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $16,840.00

Room & Board(off-campus): $16,840.00

Additional estimated expenses: --

Costs per credit hour: $2,390.00

Financial Aid

International students eligible for need based aid

International students eligible for non-need based aid

Total Amount Awarded: $5,422,671.00

Number of enrolled international undergraduates received aid: 118

Non-resident aliens must submit the following financial aid forms:

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Foreign Student Certification of Finances

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: 107

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: 92

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

Special International Student Orientation Program

International Student Adviser