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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
    B-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
Bennington is an above-average private college located in North Bennington, Vermont. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 724 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Bennington acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Visual and Performing Arts, Literature, and Drama and Theatre Production. Graduating 67% of students, Bennington alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $24,100.
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
One College Drive
Bennington, VT 05201

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
57%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$32,667/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$35,753/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
84%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.10 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.11 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.11 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
724Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
51
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Eccentric
    67%
  • Driven
    33%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
93%
of students say they don't have Greek life.14 responses
Poll
90%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.21 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 8 responses
Report
  • Quirky and talented learners
    63%
  • Passionate learners
    25%
  • Passionately well-rounded
    13%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
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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transferred out after Freshman year -- too cliquey and not enough classes to get a well rounded education. Impossible to get the classes you wanted, and they only offered like 50 classes overall. Campus so cold that everyone spends time inside, and if you don't have a group of friends by the first few weeks and it gets cold, you're stuck alone inside your house. Your house is the only good part about Bennington -- its your community like a little fraternity. I miss that part and that part only.
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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.
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.