Bennington College

Bennington College

Bennington College, which was originally established as a college for women in 1932, became a coeducational institute in 1969. The campus occupies more than 450 acres in Bennington, Vermont. Bennington College confers bachelor's, and master's degrees in arts, fine arts, and teaching. A number of post baccalaureate certificate programs are also available.

Bennington College's students participate in sports like soccer, tennis, basketball, running, and hiking. The college also hosts a variety of on-campus clubs and organizations including the Student Endowment for the Arts, Women Here And Mobilized, Student Council, COLT, and Drama Collective. In addition, students publish a newspaper called the "Bennington Free Press", an online literary magazine known as "plain china", and a journal of art, music, and writing entitled "Silo".

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Contacting Bennington

Bennington College
One College Drive
Bennington , VT 05201-6003
General Phone: (802) 442-5401

Bennington Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts101Asian studies, Latin American studies, area and Cultural studies, foreign language and literature, Chinese language, Japanese language, Germanic languages and literature, French language, Italian language, ...
Art Studies44visual and performing arts
Drama and Performing Arts24dance, drama, theatre design, playwriting and screenwriting, directing, various performing arts
Education and Teaching13education, teacher ed, early childhood education, English teaching, music teaching, social studies teaching, French language teaching, Spanish teaching
Music10music, music theory and composition
Science5biology, ecology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Photography and Commercial Art4film studies, cinematography, photography
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy, Jewish studies
Fine Arts1art history and criticism, sculpture, ceramics
Media0communication studies, media studies, communication and journalism, animation and special effects
Architecture and Planning0architecture, environmental design
Computer Science and Engineering0computer and info science, computer science
Family and Social Work0child development, public policy analysis
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies, environmental science
Design0design and applied arts
Therapy and Counseling0psychology

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree14565
Master's degree6017
Postbaccalaureate certificate51

Bennington Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bennington had a total enrollment of 723 students (694 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 35%
Women 65%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 78%
Graduate 22%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 2%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 38%
20-21 30%
22-24 14%
25-29 4%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 4%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York22%
New Jersey4%
(International Students)3%
Rhode Island2%
North Carolina1%
New Hampshire1%

Bennington Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %

Bennington Room and Board (2007)

Bennington offers campus housing for 625 of its 694 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

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

Bennington Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bennington Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 38,270
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 38,270
Room and board $ 10,680
Room charge $ 5,720
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,960
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 2,200

Financial Aid:
Bennington participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 368200)

Bennington Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3427

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*0*

*: 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
No academic rankacademic year34$66,89527$65,273
All faculty totalacademic year34$66,89527$65,273

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

Bennington Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Environmental Design/Architecture

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Design and Applied Arts, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics

Liberal Arts
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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