B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    D-
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
Bennington College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
One College Drive
Bennington, VT 05201
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Bennington College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
60%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$37,087/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $23,697/ year
  • $30-48k
    $26,525/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,196/ year
  • $76-110k
    $34,645/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,407/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.10 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.10 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.10 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
682Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 8 responses
Report
  • Eccentric
    63%
  • Driven
    38%
  • Diverse
    0%
  • Nerdy
    0%
  • Outgoing
    0%
  • Stressed
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
92%
of students say they don't have Greek life.13 responses
Poll
90%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.20 responses
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$26,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
57%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.7 responses
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Only welcoming if you fit in - which is VERY difficult based on what "fitting in" is here. People dress like a combination between your grandfather and a wealthy socialite. If you don't look like them good luck. It is really difficult to make friends once the first ten minutes of orientation are over. The food is awful... only okay when parents are visiting. The campus is beautiful but there is nothing going on unless you enjoy going to lectures. The town is boring unless you really enjoy going to Walmart because that is all that is here to do. Parties are people running drunk off their asses, couples making out on the dance floor, and people outside chain smoking cigarettes. If you don't smoke don't bother coming here. If you don't speak enough in class you fail which is tough because the environment in most classes is too overwhelming to get a word in. You either love it here or you hate it there IS NO IN BETWEEN.
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The school administration is deeply out of touch with the student population. I would recommend, if choosing to attend this school, that you do take grades the first semester or year that you attend, because if you do decide that the environment is not for you, it will be difficult to escape(transfer) without any grades on your transcript.
This school is set in beautiful Vermont farmland and has a fun artsy environment much of the time, but a lot of students are depressed and overworked and it shows.
Because Bennington is such a small liberal arts school in Vermont, the residential life is very secluded and tight-knit. All the housing is within one central community which then allows for us as students to become closer with one another. Additionally, our housing is very unique! We have "colonial houses" that consists of about 36-40 people per house with 2 house chairs. Each house has it's own personality as well as family-like relationship. Also, everyone lives on campus with freshman and sophomores living in doubles or triples and juniors and seniors living in singles (unless a person requests a medical single due to disability).