Location
Bennington, VT
Undergrads
684
Tuition
$44,220
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 149 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security is always walking around campus. You feel really protected and since they strive to make connections with students it makes a secure and more comfortable environment.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly fast food. A few decent cafes/restaurants but not very cheap. Overall the quality isn't great.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a very unique place. Like the freedom and individuality of the academic structure. Too remote and a little too small. Not enough of a social scene. Not enough of a study abroad program available. Not enough activities or connection with outside world. No college town.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Pretty much no sports whatsoever. Club soccer exists but is poorly attended and taken as a joke.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Provided me with enough aid to attend but certainly not as much as I would have liked. Definitely a challenge for my family to afford me attending. Price of attending is insanely high.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: House style dorms that range from old colonial to brand new and modern. The different styles greatly vary in cleanliness, amenities, social atmosphere etc. Small houses provide close knit communities and help ease transition into college life. House placement is pretty random.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Amazing art facilities. Great professors. Unique academic approach. Not much of a social scene. Very remote and disconnected from outside world. Not a lot going on or things to do. Everyone very involved in their work, and not worried about much else.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Student town houses are few and must be accepted to live in them. Other off-campus housing seems limited and probably costly. Would definitely need own transportation and the school probably would not provide help finding housing.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Free shuttle, however only goes into town and has certain pick up times. Campus isolated, hard to get into town without transportation. Shuttles running to Albany airport and train station must be booked in advance and aren't cheap.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Winters are very very cold. Not much to do other than stay inside.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless availability is very helpful. A few available computer labs. Printing is free. Personal computer probably necessary.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very safe and secure. Crime and theft not common. Campus Safety readily available and present.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: THE FACULTY are the COOLEST most HELPFUL and PASSIONATE folk I have every met. Love em.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus Safety lives up to its name. They really, truly are there to make our campus safe. If this means busting a party, they usually have good reason. Of course, they must obey the rules and enforce the law.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus is beautiful. Scenically, I am often left standing and admiring the view. Many campus buildings are very impressive and useful. Others could use renovations or reevaluations.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Put simply, Bennington is totally weird. It sets itself apart in almost every way from the "traditional" college: in housing, in the definition of student-faculty relationships, in free coffee....

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am so pleased with Bennington. The space, the faculty, the community of my peers - all contribute to an "education."

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is like a fantasy world - a safe, sound bubble of beautiful mountains where no one ever gets hurt or robbed. I feel secure leaving my property around my house and my supplies around the studios, and feel a sense of trust and respect within the student body. Campus Safety - "campo" - is very friendly (generally) and are truly looking out for our safety.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining at Bennington is a mixed bag. The Dining Hall is often very good and is really receptive to students' needs, wants, and cravings. They mix the menu up once and a while, but sometimes I find myself shrugging away hungry. The Student Center is a greasy scam.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Bennington, Vermont is an entirely different world than what students find on campus. There are many nice cafes and restaurants, as well as many nice shops and bare necessities. "Townies" seem to either resent the College or simply ignore its presence.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: New England. Vermont. Cold. Wet. Sunny. Serene. Peaceful. Naked. Storms. Foggy.
Weather definitely affects life at Bennington: it's wild.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I could not be at Bennington without the Financial Aid office. They have worked with me one-on-one to make sure I can (just barely) afford this place. I could always use another scholarship... but I am very grateful for the school's generosity.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: FIELD WORK TERM, baby. Bennington students perform four internships before graduating, which they must secure, fulfill, and evaluate themselves. Though we complain often about the obligation and effort required, Bennington works because of this half-semester. Students do some amazing work in the winter that fuels us and feeds us.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The only program I am in is my own: my own questions, passions, ravings - it's called the Plan Process. Not for everyone, definitely, but a challenging and rigorous life experience for those who need it.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Bennington is home. So cozy, so accepting, and simply a fantastic space to study & live.

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