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Bennington College

United States
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About Bennington College

Bennington College is a coeducational, private, four-year liberal arts college located in Bennington, Vermont, United States. The college was founded in 1932 as a women’s college and later became a co-educational in 1969. Recently, it has 686 undergraduate students and 143 postgraduate students. There are 80 species of trees and sightings of over 121 species of birds.

It was the first college that includes the performing and visual arts as their part of the liberal arts curriculum. In addition; each of the academic year, students must take part in an off-campus, seven-week activity, winter term called Field Work Term (FWT), when the students pursue internships and jobs in their area of study. The current president of the college is Elizabeth Coleman.

Campus information

Facilities of the college include:

  • Center for the Advancement of Public Action
  • Crossett Library
  • Dickinson Science Building
  • Jennings Music Building
  • Deane Carriage Barn
  • Stickney Observatory
  • Tishman Lecture Hall
  • East Academic Center Buildings
  • Visual and Performing Arts Center
  • Historic Commons Building
  • Meyer Recreation Barn & Climbing Gym
  • The Student Center & Snack Bar
  • The Upstairs/Downstairs Cafe
  • Soccer Field
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Court
  • On Campus Hiking Trails
  • The Barn

From William H Morse State Airport

Firstly, you should head south toward Walloomsac Rd and turn left onto Wallomsac Rd. In addition, you should turn left onto Fairview St and turn right onto Silk Rd. Turn left onto Vermont 67 A N/N Bennington Rd and take the 1st right onto College Dr. Lastly, take the 1st right onto College Dr and turn right to stay on College Dr. The destination will be on the left. 


Housing is personal at Bennington—students live not in dorms but in houses of generally 30–45 people each, with architectural styles ranging from modern design to clapboard houses reflecting 1930s New England. Bennington student houses consistently top the rankings in Princeton Review’s “Dorms Like Palaces” list.

Each house offers kitchens and comfy common areas (most with fireplaces), where students relax, study, and hold weekly Coffee Hours to discuss campus and house issues together. All houses are co-educational. There are co-ed bathrooms for every four to five rooms, all with showers, and many with bathtubs. Depending on where you live, you might find yourself enjoying a patio or porch overlooking great views of the mountains, a piano, or a second living room. Take some video house tours or peruse photos of each kind of house: Barnes, Colonial, Woo, and more.

House communities are made up of continuing students, transfer students, and first-year students. Some of the current students will have lived in your house for many terms, while others will be new to the house. Through your housemates, you’ll discover new inspiring ideas and influences and express your personality and passions.

House Chairs are undergraduate students who serve as community leaders and mentors to house residents. There are two House Chairs in each house. They are knowledgeable about resources available on campus, serve as a liaison between campus services and your house, and run Coffee Hour, the weekly house meeting. Meet the House Chairs.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 6 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 1 Mandarin (Chinese Language) 1


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