Bennington College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Bennington College
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Bennington College Admissions Overview:

Students applying to Bennington have the option of applying with the Common Application (which can be used at a number of schools) or the Dimensional Application (specific to Bennington). Test scores from the ACT or SAT are optional. With an acceptance rate of 60%, Bennington doesn't seem highly selective. However, as part of the application process, students must demonstrate their creativity and willingness to learn and motivate themselves in their learning. Visit Bennington's website, or the campus itself, to see if it would be a good match for you before applying. High school transcripts and letters of recommendation are required, as is a supplemental writing portion from the Common Application.

Admissions Data (2016):

Bennington College Description:

Bennington College's 470 acre campus is located in the woods and farmland of Southern Vermont. Founded as a women's college in 1932, Bennington is now a highly selective coeducational private liberal arts college. The college features an impressive 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 12. Students come from 41 states and 13 countries. Unlike most colleges, students at Bennington develop their own programs of study with the faculty. One feature of Bennington's creative curriculum is the seven week Field Work Term during which students study off campus and gain work experience.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 805 (711 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male / 64% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,100
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,520
  • Other Expenses: $2,800
  • Total Cost: $68,420

Bennington College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 85%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 85%
    • Loans: 51%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $29,033
    • Loans: $6,216

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Areas of Study: Drama, English, Liberal Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, Social Sciences.

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 65%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Bennington College Commencement Statement:

This commencement statement has been read at every graduation since 1936. It can be found at

"Bennington regards education as a sensual and ethical, no less than an intellectual, process. It seeks to liberate and nurture the individuality, the creative intelligence, and the ethical and aesthetic sensibility of its students, to the end that their richly varied natural endowments will be directed toward self-fulfillment and toward constructive social purposes. We believe that these educational goals are best served by demanding of our students active participation in the planning of their own programs, and in the regulation of their own lives on campus. Student freedom is not the absence of restraint, however; it is rather the fullest possible substitution of habits of self-restraint for restraint imposed by others."