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Bennington College Overview

Bennington College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Bennington, Vermont. Bennington is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Bennington College Known For?

232 Undergraduate Awards
$40,697 Avg Cost After Aid
57% Acceptance Rate
  • Bennington has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.
  • Students at Bennington have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at Bennington.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 51% of the faculty were full-time.
  • It takes the average Bennington student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Bennington College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Bennington.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular English Literature (Other) Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Most Popular General Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Most Popular English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Bennington has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#40 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual

Where Is Bennington College?

Location of Bennington College

Contact details for Bennington are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201-6003
Phone: 802-442-5401
Website: www.bennington.edu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AtBennington

How Do I Get Into Bennington?

You can apply to Bennington online at: https://myfinancialaid.bennington.edu/NetPartnerStudent/Logon.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fNetPartnerStudent%2fDefault.aspx

Admission Requirements for Bennington

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Bennington?

57% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at Bennington is 57%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 67% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 52%, and the acceptance rate for women is 59%.

Can I Afford Bennington College?

$40,697 Net Price
54% Take Out Loans
2.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Bennington is $40,697. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bennington, approximately 54% of students took out student loans averaging $5,595 a year. That adds up to $22,380 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bennington is 2.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Bennington College Undergraduate Student Diversity

686 Full-Time Undergraduates
67% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 729 undergraduate students at Bennington, with 686 being full-time and 43 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Bennington

There are also 97 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 686 full-time undergraduates at Bennington, 33% are male and 67% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Bennington

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bennington College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Bennington Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 17
Hispanic or Latino 68
White 401
International Students 141
Other Races/Ethnicities 51

Geographic Diversity

Vermont students aren't the only ones who study at Bennington College. At this time, 23 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 69 countries are represented at Bennington. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, Pakistan, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Online Learning at Bennington College

0 Took All Classes Online
72 Took At Least One Class Online
-25.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 72 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Bennington has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Bennington

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Bennington College was -25.8%. This is the #2,702 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Bennington regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Bennington College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
English Literature (Other) 0 35 35
General Visual & Performing Arts 28 0 28
Drama & Theater Arts 26 0 26
Fine & Studio Arts 21 0 21
Music 18 0 18
Literature 17 0 17
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 13 0 13
Public Policy 11 0 11
General Psychology 9 0 9
Graphic Communications 7 0 7
Romance Languages 7 0 7
East Asian Languages 6 0 6
Computer Science 5 0 5
Philosophy 5 0 5
Political Science & Government 5 0 5
Dance 5 0 5
General Biology 4 0 4
General Education 4 0 4
General Social Sciences 4 0 4
Writing Studies 3 0 3
Mathematics 3 0 3
Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 0 3
Anthropology 3 0 3
Communication & Media Studies 2 0 2
History 2 0 2
Natural Resources Conservation 2 0 2
Geological & Earth Sciences 2 0 2
Physics 2 0 2
International Relations & National Security 2 0 2
Other Social Sciences 2 0 2
General Architecture 1 0 1
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 1 0 1
Journalism 1 0 1
Area Studies 1 0 1
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 1 0 1
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1 0 1
Liberal Arts General Studies 1 0 1
Applied Mathematics 1 0 1
Chemistry 1 0 1
Child Development & Psychology 1 0 1
Economics 1 0 1
Environmental Design 0 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0
General English Literature 0 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0
Public Health 0 0 0
Library & Information Science 0 0 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 0 0
TOTAL 232 35 267

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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