Bennington College is located in the gorgeous and rural town of Bennington, Vermont. The university was established in 1932 and focuses on “faith in the talent, imagination, and responsibility of the individual” by encouraging students to be active learners who take hold of their own intellectual development.
Bennington College prides itself on being a haven for artists, scholars, scientists, and writers who want to use their unique skills and talents to make the world a better place.
The stunning and picturesque campus is spread across 440 acres of land! The central campus takes up only 10 acres of the property. The remaining acres include wooded land, farmland, and wetlands. There are 80 species of trees on the campus and 121 different species of birds. — Basically, this campus is a nature lover’s dream!
The campus also offers multiple dining, recreation, and fitness areas such as tennis and basketball courts and hiking trails.
Being that Bennington College is a small university, with only 704 enrolled undergraduate students, the average class size is 11 students and the student to faculty ratio is 10:1; further upholding their values of intimate and proactive student learning.
When it comes to choosing a “major,” there are 48 offered areas of study. However, one of the things that makes Bennington College so distinctively unconventional is that students take part in the “Plan Process” wherein they work closely with faculty to develop their own, unique programs of study. We love that Bennington College students can earn the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Dance, Master of Fine Arts in Music, Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature, andPost baccalaureate Certificate of Completion in Premedical and Allied Health Sciences.
One of the most exciting things about Bennington College is their Field Work Term! Each academic year, for their winter term, students participate in seven-weeks of off-campus course work. The goal of this is to allow students the opportunity to actively participate in the community and truly experience their chosen field of study. Some examples of FWT work are jobs, internships, medical research, and social work. The time that students get to participate in FWT allows them to network and develop relationships, build a resume, acquire strong references, build their confidence, and more!
Bennington also offers students the chance to participate in the betterment of the world and in conversations about global issues through study abroad programs and The Elizabeth Coleman Center for the Advancement of Public Action.
On-campus living is also one of Bennington College’s exceptional features! Instead of traditional dorms, students live in houses. In most cases, 30-45 co-ed students live together in a home which includes a kitchen and comfortable common areas.
In addition to being involved in their housing communities, students are encouraged to join in the fun of the many various student clubs and organizations available to them!
Bennington College is a wonderfully exciting university for the proactive student, looking to enthusiastically participate in their entire educational experience and connect their passions to the world at large!
For more information: http://www.bennington.edu/