At Bennington, students craft unique educational paths around driving questions and interests. Under the guidance of their faculty and through a structure called the Plan Process, students explore their academic interests and progressively hone in on what binds their passions and connects their pursuits. During the winter Field Work Term, every student spends seven weeks at work in the world pursuing jobs, internships, and entrepreneurial endeavors related to their studies and professional ambitions. By the time they graduate, Bennington students have acquired at least four jobs or internship experiences and the confidence to set the direction of their life’s work—as they did for their Bennington education.

The College

  • A private, coed liberal arts college founded in 1932
  • Offers full range of study in all traditional liberal arts disciplines
  • First college to include the visual and performing arts as legitimate, full-fledged elements of the liberal arts curriculum
  • One of the birthplaces of modern dance (the Bennington School of the Dance was named one of America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures by the Dance Heritage Coalition)
  • Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Average class size: 13
  • Residential campus located on 470 acres at the foot of the Green Mountains
  • "Dorms like Palaces." - The Princeton Review

Location Highlights

  • Classic New England campus offers wooded trails, a pond, and beautiful views of the landscape and night sky, complemented by contemporary, environmentally sustainable, and award-winning architecture
  • Nearby cultural attractions include Mass MoCa, the Clark Art Institute, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, Manchester shopping outlets, and more
  • Close proximity to hiking, camping, kayaking, and major ski areas (including Mt. Snow, Stratton, Okemo, Killington, and Bromley)
  • Historic North Bennington within walking distance of campus
  • 40 miles to Albany; 150 miles to Boston; 160 miles to New York City

Unique Characteristics

  • Through the "Plan Process," each student designs his or her own education with ongoing attention from a committee of faculty advisors
  • Field Work Term, an annual, seven-week internship period, allows students to pursue jobs and internships that complement their studies, so that each graduates with a resume as well as diploma
  • The teacher-practitioner model of teaching means that all faculty members are actively practicing in their fields
  • The Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), a $20 million academic facility, invites students to study the world's most pressing problems, confront what it means to make lasting change on any one of them, and to make that the focus of their academic work
  • The 120,000 square-foot Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) building, open 24-hours, houses studios, classrooms, performance spaces, and galleries
  • Quantum Leap is an innovative mentorship program which aims to reengage local at-risk youths with their educations
  • The Bennington College Mediation Clinic (BCMC) provides free mediation services to benefit local communities and to promote the use of mediation for peaceful and productive dispute resolution, while also educating undergraduate students in effective conflict resolution techniques through observation of actual mediations
  • Offers a nationally recognized low-residency MFA in Writing program; a five-year combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching degree; and a one-year Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program.