Bennington College

Mission StatementBennington regards education as a sensual and ethical, no less than an intellectual, process. It...
Bennington regards education as a sensual and ethical, no less than an intellectual, process. It seeks to liberate and nurture the individuality, the creative intelligence, and the ethical and aesthetic sensibility of its students, to the end that their richly varied natural endowments will be directed toward self-fulfillment and toward constructive social purposes. We believe that these educational goals are best served by demanding of our students active participation in the planning of their own programs, and in the regulation of their own lives on campus. Student freedom is not the absence of restraint, however; it is rather the fullest possible substitution of habits of self-restraint for restraint imposed by others. The exercise of student freedom is the very condition of a meaningful education, and an essential aspect of the nurture of free citizens, dedicated to civilized values and capable of creative and constructive membership in modern society.

Quick Facts

Updated U.S. Gov IPEDS 2017-18
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Top Ranked
  • Location: Bennington, VT
  • Student Body: 851
  • Education Type: 4 Years+
  • Funding: Private
  • Campus Type: Rural
  • Web Site:
  • Acceptance Rate: 56.59%

Admission Details

Key Admissions DetailsAdmissions Deadlines, Start Dates
  • Acceptance Rate: 56.59%
  • Application Deadline: January 3, 2019
  • International Students: Unreported
  • Application Fee: $0
Tuition and FeesYearly Tuition and Other Fees
  • Tuition: $51,240
  • Grad Tuition: $23,300
  • Room and Board: $15,040
  • Books and Supplies: $1,000
  • Other Fees: $680
  • Average Net Price: $32,667
Student Body DataIncoming Class Data
  • Most Recent Incoming Class: 225
  • Men / Women Ratio: 69 / 156
  • Median SAT Verbal Range: Unreported
  • Median SAT Math Range: Unreported
  • Median ACT Range: Unreported
International Student DataInformation for International Students
  • Minimum TOEFL Score: 90
  • Minimum IETLS Score: 7
  • % of International Students: Unreported
  • International Testing: Required
  • Total International Students: n/a
Required DocumentsTranscripts and Recommendations
  • High School Transcript: Recommended
  • Recommendations: Required
  • Admissions Tests Scores: Not Considered
  • Portfolio: Recommended

Top 5 Popular Programs

  • Visual and Performing Arts: 41%
  • English Literature: 14%
  • Social Sciences: 10%
  • Foreign Language: 10%
  • Psychology: 4%

Academic Programs

Bennington College offers 114 Total Programs in Bachelor's, Master's Degree Levels. The most popular area of study for students are degrees in Visual and Performing Arts. Choose an area to explore below to see detailed degree programs at each degree level.
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Bachelor's Degree ProgramsBennington College offers 107 Bachelor's Degree Programs
Communication Technology
  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Computer Science
English Literature
Foreign Language
Health Professions
Human Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Library Science
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources
Physical Sciences
Public Admin
Social Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts
Master's Degree ProgramsBennington College offers 17 Master's Degree Programs
English Literature
Foreign Language
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Social Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts

Demographics & Outcomes

Graduation and RetentionGraduation and retention information
  • Graduation Rate Within 150% of Time: 67%
  • Graduation Rate Within 200% of Time: 68%
  • 1st Year Retention: 78%
  • Post Graduation Salary: $34,800
Student Body DemographicsDiversity and Age Data
  • Total Students: 851
  • White, non-Hispanic Students: 58%
  • Non-resident, alien: 16%
  • Hispanic Students: 9%
  • Unknown: 7%
  • Black Students: 4%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Asian Students: 2%
  • American Indian, Alaska Native Students: <1%
  • Native Hawaiian, Pacific Isl. Students: <1%