Bennington College

One College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201-6003
Tel: (802)442-5401
Private not-for-profit | 826 students
A coeducational liberal arts college, 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.A Bennington education is characterized by:
  • cross-disciplinary learning;
  • the close working relationship between student and teacher;
  • the self-direction of its academic planning process; and
  • the connection to the world through its winter internship term.
  • School Overview:

    Bennington College
    CountyBennington County, VT
    Title IV EligibleParticipat
    Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
    Institution LevelFour or more years
    Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
    Instructional Staff Total
    (research/public service staff included)
    80 staff115 staff
    Student Body
    Total Enrollment826 students1,633 students
    # Full-Time Students
    809 students1,434 students
    # Part-Time Students
    17 students137 students
    # Undergraduate Students
    688 students 1,507 students
    # Graduate Students
    138 students129 students
    % American Indian/Alaskan
    % Asian
    % Hawaiian
    % Hispanic
    % Black
    % White
    % Two or more races
    Finances and Admission
    In-State Tuition Fees
    Out-State Tuition Fees
    Tuition Notes2010-11
    Percent Admitted63%64%

    School Notes:

    • The curriculum at Bennington 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 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, which gives students work experience and connects them to the greater community. The College's commitment to learning across the disciplines extends to the faculty, who teach what is uppermost in their minds, exploring new pursuits as well as ongoing areas of study and work.
    • Throughout the Bennington College community, you'll find the same elements that give life to the Bennington education: curiosity, openness, respect, a sense of excitement and play, a measure of both awe and irreverence. That may be because at Bennington, the two--learning and living--are naturally intertwined.
    • Bennington, Vermont, is located in the southwestern corner of the state, just 160 miles from New York City, 150 miles from Boston, and 40 miles from Albany, New York. The campus is nestled on 470 rolling acres at the foot of the Green Mountains.
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