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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Safety is very efficient and diligent. I feel very safe on campus at all times.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We aren't voted #1 for campus housing on Princeton Review for nothing! 1st and 2nd street consist of beautiful colonial houses that house around 30-40 people. 3rd street consists of more modern houses with a more dorm-y feel but they are equally as beautiful. It's really a tight-knit community living environment and you get to assimilate with people of every grade, gender, and part of the world.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The college process was diffficult for me and to be quite honest, I was very close to giving up and not going. Then I found Bennington, a school that sounded too good to be true. Now that I am here, I know that this school is the perfect place for me. From the interesting and unique courses offered each term, to the beautiful houses we live in, to field work term, and to everything in between, this school provides the necessary materials to transform students to well-rounded individuals by graduation.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Not much diversity. Mainly rich white kids.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: CAMPUS SAFETY IS AMAZING. The staff really care about the students, and their priority is student safety and not to write students up. The are wonderful people who take the time to get to know you and develop a rapport with students. The will remember your name, major, and will soon have inside jokes with you if you treat them with general respect.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: Classes are intimate but extremely demanding. Every professor expects his/her class to be the priority. Professors are accessible, but many areas of study only have one or two professors in them, so if you don't like their style, you're kind of screwed. Incredibly stressful curriculum style.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: Field Work Term. Seven weeks of an internship between fall and spring terms. You are almost completely on your own to find an internship while taking on a full course load. It is INCREDIBLY rare to find a paid internship, meaning that between transportation and living expenses, you're looking at an extra $2000-3000 every year. Sometimes your internships are incredible. Sometimes they are the worst and you get nothing out of it. Either way, you pay for it. The school advertises that it helps students out with expenses in the form of grants, but the amount of money given amounts for about a third of the cost, at most. You also have a MUCH shorter winter break, NO spring break, and are in school for about an extra month, making it difficult to get summer internships.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: We live in houses of 30-40 people, led by two house chairs. The communities are close-knit and all have different personalities. Unfortunately, it is incredibly difficult and a pain in the ass to change houses if you don't match with the lifestyle of your house. That being said, if you find the right one, it can completely change your house community.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: This school is hit or miss. Unfortunately, it's a $60,000 (and rising each year) hit or miss. It takes a very specific type of student to succeed here. You need to be passionate, good under extreme stress, vocal, quirky, driven, and well-read. You have to be able to support an extreme workload as well as a very busy social life, because of the campus involvement that the student body demands. The students here could never be described as mainstream, but the student body makes it's own kind of mainstream; one made up of girls with short bangs, clogs, velvet, and 90's grunge that sway to experimental music and are dedicated to at least one social cause. If you aren't that, you stick out, and not in a good way. You have to be the right kind of liberal weirdo. Republicans beware. You also need to be incredibly self-directed and must have no problem advocating for yourself. You should not go here if you are a procrastinator; you will be crushed.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I am able to walk around campus at night and feel completely safe. Health services are great and I have found them to be really useful. Campus safety is a large part of the school but they are not invasive or rude. They just monitor campus and actually don't get a lot of people in trouble unless they are really violating school rules. There is a sense of trust on campus. You can literally leave your stuff in the library, go to dinner then come back and find your stuff untouched. It is wonderful feeling so safe on campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We stay in houses as opposed to dorms which is really nice because it creates a community feeling. Houses generally do things together and spend a lot of time together. The housing survey when entering school is accurate and the people placed in each house truly belong to that house.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Do not expect to win a sports scholarship to Bennington College because there are no sports teams. We don't even have school colors or a mascot. But that does not mean there is no school spirit. Bennington is more artsy than athletic. If you are an artist who cares nothing about school sports then Bennington would be a perfect fit. However, there is an athletic facility with weights, ellipticals and other means of exercise. I love to exercise and have to in order to stay sane and have found the recreational gym to be very useful and effective.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Bennington College is located in a quaint yet vibrant environment. Being from a city, Bennington, Vermont is a whole new experience. Although it is not located in a bustling city, there is a homey and community atmosphere at the school. I have found that every person at the school has a unique and spirited story that got them there. It may be in the middle of Vermont but there is a diverse amount of people, classes, and faculty. Not only is the school an excellent learning community, but the campus is extraordinary. It is a wonderful way to learn surrounded by the Green Mountains of Vermont. I fell in love with Bennington College the moment I first stepped on campus, and that was in the middle of winter, which is really saying something. Along with the engaging and eclectic classes Bennington College offers a unique internship program called the Field Work Term, which is a seven week internship every student participates in. It is a great way to gain work experience and try out the field of work you are interested in.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of drugs and alcohol. Weed is the most common thing comes after alcohol in parties.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They are all very helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is really hard to register to the class you want to take. Seats really fill up quickly and I know people who had to change their path of studying (Biology to Economics!) since they could not register to the courses they wanted.

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So I talked with recent alumni and they are not earning much. Field Work Term allows you have some internships on your cv but they don't seem working good after your graduation. It was shocked when I read The Economist's College Value Analysis. I would suggest you to take a look at it before coming here.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I think the housing is the only thing I like about Bennington. The houses are clean and good looking. Some houses are really noisy and people some there so be careful about choosing houses.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't have any sports. There are some students playing soccer occasionally but that's it.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I came to Bennington hoping it was going to be a fulfilling experience but then it turned out as the most boring years of my life in this very small campus with little activity. The curriculum changes every year which means you can not take the classes you want in certain semester. People are not so down to earth so good luck if you are coming from a poor family background. Bennington have an internship program called FWT which will cost you extra 1500-2000 dollars per year so keep that in mine while calculating the cost of attendance. Speaking of cost of attendance, I have to tell you that it increases every year due to tuition increase so you have to make your parents ready for additional $$$ every year.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our Campus Security knows each of us personally and is always available for us in terms of our security and safety. They attend every party held on campus to ensure everyone is safe and intervene when they observe a situation that is dangerous or concerning. In terms of sexual assault, they are very on top of allegations and enforcing "No Contact" orders when allegations are made. The school is extremely supportive in assisting a student through the processes needed to carry through allegations of sexual assault. The school has an absolute no tolerance for even the suggestion of a sexual assault or at the very least, a situation that make any student question their safety. The school also has staff and student volunteers available 24/7 as counselors to confide in anonymously.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The class sizes are so intimate that I feel supported by both my peers and my professors. This gives me so much more confidence in my work and my studies. I also feel like I have all the resources at hand that are needed for me to become stronger in my desired field and education plan. There are so many unique and versatile class options that aren't offered in other schools that allow for a more personalized experience,

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: We get the unique opportunity to perform 7-week internships every January-February as part of Field Work Term. This experience allows us to create our own connections and networks and experiences while still getting an education and working towards a degree. The school is extremely helpful in helping us find our internships by pointing us towards alumni with related career paths as well as past internships students have done that are related to our career paths.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: 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).

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At Bennington you create your own curriculum which gives you the unique experience of personalizing and designing your own degree. With this, you don't need to worry about wasting time with unnecessary classes and instead you get to focus all your time and energy on the classes that assist in your intended degree. Bennington also has students do a 7-week internship from January to February. I love this concept at Bennington because it allows us to create connections and work experience while still in school and getting our education.

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