Bennington College

Bennington College

Quick Facts:
Location: Bennington, Vermont

Affiliation: private

Campus Setting: small town

GPA: 88
Standardized Test: SAT: CR 610-740 M 530-650  ACT: 26-30
Enrollment: 660
Student/Faculty ratio:      9:1        Average class size: 13
Cost: $47,590 tuition
Strongest Academic Programs:

  • Literature
  • Writing
  • Visual Arts
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Dance, Sciences

Campus Life:

  • Each student designs a major, including a seven week internship each January and February in a field of interest and a location of the student’s choice.
  • Most popular area of study is visual and performing arts, followed by English, social sciences, foreign languages, and liberal arts.
  • Students are politically motivated and green/environmental issues are the area that students are most concerned about.
  • “Dorms” consist of 12 white, New England clapboard homes and 3 more modern homes and all are co-ed.
  • Women outnumber the men two to one.
  • Social life centers on rehearsals, performances, films and lectures.
  • The overall vibe on the campus is liberal, sophisticated, and cosmopolitan.

You may be interested in Bennington if you are considering: Hampshire College, Bard, Sarah Lawrence, University of Vermont, Lewis and Clark, Marlboro
Worth Noting/Fun Facts:

  • The campus was once a dairy farm, and a converted barn houses the main classroom and administrative spaces.
  • There’s a tree house on campus!
  • Milk and cookies are served at every meal.
  • A 14,000-squre-foot student center offers students a snack bar, grill, convenient store, and multi-purpose spaces.
  • Twice each year, the college turns part of its huge Visual and Performing Arts complex into an indoor roller rink for a Rollerama party.

References: Bennington's website, Fiske Guide to Colleges, Unigo