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IPEDS ID: 230816
OPE ID: 00368200
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Bennington College
One College Drive, Bennington, Vermont 05201-6003
General information:  (802) 442-5401
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  Town: Distant
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  755 (660 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  9 to 1
Net Price
Mission Statement
  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. The exercise of student freedom is the very condition of a meaningful education, and an essential aspect of the nurture of free citizens, dedicated to civilized values and capable of creative and constructive membership in modern society.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges--Arts & Sciences
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty5765
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-2
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees$42,800$44,220$45,080$46,6673.5%
Books and supplies$900$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,160$12,770$13,190$13,6523.5%
Off Campus
Room and board$12,160$12,770$13,190$13,6523.5%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$58,310$60,556$61,920$64,0193.4%
Off Campus$58,310$60,556$61,920$64,0193.4%
Off Campus with Family$46,150$47,786$48,730$50,3673.4%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid113194%————
Grant or scholarship aid13093%$3,877,169$29,824
Federal grants2921%$178,486$6,155
Pell grants2921%$130,486$4,500
Other federal grants129%$48,000$4,000
State/local government grant or scholarships54%$11,850$2,370
Institutional grants or scholarships13093%$3,686,833$28,360
Student loan aid8561%$512,093$6,025
Federal student loans7956%$408,201$5,167
Other student loans64%$103,892$17,315
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid156291%$15,746,115$28,018
Pell grants14523%$623,889$4,303
Federal student loans35357%$2,297,595$6,509
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$33,417$34,583$31,995
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$17,628$23,495$18,233
$30,001 – $48,000$25,179$24,385$18,943
$48,001 – $75,000$25,914$23,879$24,821
$75,001 – $110,000$31,635$32,336$26,470
$110,001 and more$36,348$37,831$37,004
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment755
Undergraduate enrollment660
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment7
Graduate enrollment95
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 95%
Part-time: 5%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 34%
Female: 66%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 2%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 1%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 68%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 12%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 99%
25 and over: 1%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 2%
Out-of-state: 74%
Foreign countries: 23%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 98%
Part-time: 2%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 87%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 13%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $60
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants1,101336765
Percent admitted67%62%69%
Percent admitted who enrolled26%32%24%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 84%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 85 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 67%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 59%
6-year: 64%
8-year: 64%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 58%
6-year: 67%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 58%
Female: 73%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 100%
Black or African American: 67%
Hispanic/Latino: 50%
White: 66%
Two or more races: 100%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 50%
Non-resident alien: 90%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Architecture and Related Services
Environmental Design/Architecture0--
Category total1--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization0--
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other0--
Latin American Studies0--
Category total0--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General2--
Category total5--
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects1--
Category total1--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other0--
Communication, General0--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other0--
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia0--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric0--
Category total0--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General0--
Computer Graphics0--
Computer Science0--
Category total0--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-0-
Education, General10-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-0-
French Language Teacher Education02-
Mathematics Teacher Education0--
Music Teacher Education-0-
Social Studies Teacher Education-0-
Spanish Language Teacher Education-6-
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels-0-
Category total18-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing00-
English Language and Literature, General15--
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other056-
Writing, General1--
Category total1656-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Development0--
Category total0--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Applied Linguistics0--
Chinese Language and Literature0--
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General0--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other0--
French Language and Literature1--
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0--
Italian Language and Literature0--
Japanese Language and Literature1--
Spanish Language and Literature20-
Category total40-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies--8
Category total--8
History, General20-
Category total20-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies0--
Humanities/Humanistic Studies0--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other0--
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies20-
Category total20-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General1--
Category total1--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences2--
International/Global Studies0--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0--
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution3--
Category total5--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0--
Environmental Studies4--
Category total4--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies0--
Category total4--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General1--
Geology/Earth Science, General0--
Physical Sciences0--
Physics, General0--
Category total1--
Developmental and Child Psychology0--
Psychology, General9--
Category total9--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Policy Analysis, General1--
Category total1--
Social Sciences
International Relations and Affairs0--
Political Science and Government, General4--
Political Science and Government, Other0--
Social Sciences, General60-
Social Sciences, Other2--
Category total190-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation3--
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics3--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production0--
Dance, General61-
Design and Visual Communications, General0--
Directing and Theatrical Production0--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General12--
Fashion/Apparel Design0--
Film/Cinema/Video Studies1--
Game and Interactive Media Design0--
Music Theory and Composition1--
Music, General80-
Playwriting and Screenwriting0--
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology0--
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism1--
Visual and Performing Arts, General24--
Visual and Performing Arts, Other-0-
Voice and Opera2--
Category total661-
Grand total142658
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 1
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 1
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
  • Average amounts of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education12/1/1935 -  Accredited
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible033
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft010
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible023
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate2.4%3.2%2.9%
Number in default565
Number in repayment204186170
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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