Bennett College For Women

Bennett College For Women

Bennett College, which is a historically black college, was founded in 1873 by Albion Tourgee to provide education to freed slaves, but was designated a women's college in 1926. It is based on a 55 acre campus in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Bennett College offers its undergraduate courses through three academic divisions:

  • Humanities
  • Natural and Behavioral Sciences/Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Education

Bennett College also offers academic programs through centers like the Africana Woman Studies and Global Studies. The college encourages extra-curricular activities through Greek letter sororities, civic organizations and academic clubs.

Students of the college are known by the nickname Belles. Notable alumni include Dr. Glendora M. Putnam (first African-American woman to serve as president of YMCA), Belinda Foster (first African-American District Attorney, NC), Maidie Norman (actress) and Sandra Smith (activist).

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Bennett College for Women
900 E Washington St
Greensboro , NC 27401-3239
General Phone: (336) 517-2100

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Bennett Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts21English, interdisciplinary studies, political science
Business and Management18business management
Therapy and Counseling15psychology
Family and Social Work14social work
Science13biology, chemistry
Education and Teaching10mental retardation education, elementary school teaching, math teaching
Media7mass communication
Art Studies6visual and performing arts
Computer Science and Engineering1computer and info science

Number of programs and degrees for Bennett in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree10815

Bennett Student Body

Bennett is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Bennett had a total enrollment of 678 students (672 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 81%
(Foreign Students) 19%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 8%
18-19 44%
20-21 31%
22-24 11%
25-29 2%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Bennett Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %

Bennett Room and Board (2007)

Bennett offers campus housing for 540 of its 672 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Greensboro, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Bennett Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal360450
SAT Math350440
ACT Verbal1419
ACT Math1517
ACT Composite1518

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT73%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT25%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bennett Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 14,648
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,648
Room and board $ 6,478
Room charge $ 3,226
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,252
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 3,000

Financial Aid:
Bennett participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 291100)

Bennett Faculty

Bennett has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*2*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*3$60,850

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year1*3$52,825
Associate professoracademic year4$50,3784$50,250
Assistant professoracademic year9$42,57220$44,610
Instructoracademic year2*12$35,935
All faculty totalacademic year16$43,76039$43,151

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bennett Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Division III Independents

Bennett Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Elementary Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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