Bennington College


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Vermont


Bennington College's 470 acre campus is located in the woods and farmland of Southern Vermont. Founded as a women's college in 1932, Bennington is now a highly selective coeducational private liberal arts college. The college features an impressive 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 12. Students come from 41 states and 13 countries. Unlike most colleges, students at Bennington develop their own programs of study with the faculty. One feature of Bennington's creative curriculum is the seven week Field Work Term during which students study off campus and gain work experience.

Most Popular Majors

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 759
Total Grad Students: 91
Undergraduate Students: 668
Faculty: 62

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Percent Male: 33%
Percent Female: 67%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 55%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 60%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

One College Drive
Bennington Vermont 5201


Main Email:

Main Phone: 802-442-5401

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Sarah McAbee
Transfer Admissions Counselor , Office of Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:
Lauren Magrath
Associate Director , Office of Admissions

International Admissions Contact:
Ken Himmelman
International Students Counselor , Office of Admissions

Athletics Contact:
No Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:

Minimum Grades for Transfer:

Credits (Min/Max):
You may apply for transfer admission after having successfully completed at least one semester of full-time work at an accredited college or university.

Test Scores for Applying:
Submission of standardized test scores is optional. Bennington's SAT code is 3080, and its ACT code is 4296.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
We require recommendations from teachers of two different subject areas. Choose from among teachers of English, mathematics, foreign languages, science, social studies, and the visual/performing arts.

Essay(s) required:
Choose from one of three Bennington essay options offered, submit an analytic essay in which you analyze, examine, and interpret an event, book work of art, and transfer students must submit an extra essay which is part of the application (pick one of two)

Application Fee:
$60 nonrefundable application fee .

Other Requirements:
We strongly encourage you to visit campus. Please call the Office of Admissions to arrange a day and time to tour campus, meet students, sit in on classes, and talk with an admissions counselor.

Fall Deadline:
March 15 through summer first come first serve

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: Bennington College does not publish their transfer statistics.

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 72%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -72%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 900

Other Expenses: 2450

Room and Board: 12160

Tuition and Fees: 42800

Total Cost: 58310

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Bennington College is committed to working with students and families throughout the financial aid process to ensure that their financial questions are answered.

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Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6068

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 83%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 79%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 63%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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