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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:  801 (704 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  10 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 Focus
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 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty5558
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 year2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Tuition and fees$45,080$46,667$48,220$50,1003.9%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,190$13,652$14,200$14,5202.3%
Off Campus
Room and board$13,190$13,652$14,200$14,5202.3%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
On Campus$61,920$64,019$66,120$68,4203.5%
Off Campus$61,920$64,019$66,120$68,4203.5%
Off Campus with Family$48,730$50,367$51,920$53,9003.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2016-2017
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
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 aid118697%————
Grant or scholarship aid18194%$6,333,009$34,989
Federal grants4021%$230,694$5,767
Pell grants4021%$158,662$3,967
Other federal grants1910%$72,032$3,791
State/local government grant or scholarships84%$8,656$1,082
Institutional grants or scholarships18194%$6,093,659$33,667
Student loan aid10454%$663,904$6,384
Federal student loans10454%$549,163$5,280
Other student loans95%$114,741$12,749
  • 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 aid159690%$18,340,423$30,773
Pell grants13921%$594,787$4,279
Federal student loans35454%$2,278,540$6,437
  • 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$34,583$31,995$29,030
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$23,495$18,233$22,159
$30,001 – $48,000$24,385$18,943$29,893
$48,001 – $75,000$23,879$24,821$25,699
$75,001 – $110,000$32,336$26,470$31,553
$110,001 and more$37,831$37,004$40,956
  • 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 2015
Total enrollment801
Undergraduate enrollment704
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment14
Graduate enrollment97
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 97%
Part-time: 3%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 35%
Female: 65%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 66%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 13%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 99%
25 and over: 0%
Age unknown: 1%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 2%
Out-of-state: 74%
Foreign countries: 23%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 99%
Part-time: 1%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: -1%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 88%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 12%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants1,099353746
Percent admitted63%58%66%
Percent admitted who enrolled31%34%30%
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: 82%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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, 87 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 68%
(*) 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 2007]
4-year: 58%
6-year: 67%
8-year: 68%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 61%
6-year: 68%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
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: 75%
Female: 64%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 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: 0%
Asian: 50%
Black or African American: 25%
Hispanic/Latino: 75%
White: 70%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 57%
Non-resident alien: 67%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2015-2016
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 total5--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization0--
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other0--
Latin American Studies0--
Women's Studies0--
Category total0--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General6--
Evolutionary Biology0--
Category total8--
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects3--
Category total3--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other1--
Communication, General0--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other0--
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia1--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric0--
Category total2--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General0--
Computer Graphics0--
Computer Science1--
Category total1--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-0-
Education, General00-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-0-
French Language Teacher Education01-
Mathematics Teacher Education0--
Music Teacher Education-0-
Social Studies Teacher Education-0-
Spanish Language Teacher Education-1-
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels-0-
Category total02-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing00-
English Language and Literature, General0--
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other041-
General Literature16--
Writing, General0--
Category total1641-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Development0--
Category total0--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Applied Linguistics0--
Chinese Language and Literature2--
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General0--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other0--
French Language and Literature2--
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0--
Italian Language and Literature0--
Japanese Language and Literature3--
Language Interpretation and Translation0--
Spanish Language and Literature00-
Category total70-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies--12
Public Health, General0--
Category total0-12
History, General40-
Category total40-
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 Studies00-
Category total00-
Library Science
Archives/Archival Administration0--
Category total0--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematical Biology0--
Mathematics, General0--
Category total0--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences0--
International/Global Studies0--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0--
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution2--
Category total2--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0--
Environmental Studies1--
Category total1--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies0--
Religion/Religious Studies0--
Category total3--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General0--
Geology/Earth Science, General1--
Physical Sciences0--
Physics, General2--
Category total3--
Applied Psychology1--
Developmental and Child Psychology0--
Psychology, General7--
Category total8--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Policy Analysis, General2--
Category total2--
Social Sciences
Anthropology, Other0--
Economics, General0--
International Relations and Affairs0--
Medical Anthropology1--
Political Science and Government, General4--
Political Science and Government, Other0--
Social Sciences, General60-
Social Sciences, Other1--
Category total190-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation1--
Art/Art Studies, General0--
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics2--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production0--
Costume Design0--
Dance, General102-
Design and Visual Communications, General0--
Directing and Theatrical Production0--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General10--
Fashion/Apparel Design0--
Film/Cinema/Video Studies1--
Game and Interactive Media Design0--
Graphic Design0--
Music Performance, General1--
Music Theory and Composition0--
Music, General150-
Music, Other0--
Playwriting and Screenwriting1--
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology0--
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism0--
Visual and Performing Arts, General33--
Visual and Performing Arts, Other-0-
Voice and Opera0--
Category total812-
Grand total1654512
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
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
2015 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201320142015
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible3
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Statutory rape00
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible3
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Statutory rape00
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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 Year201320122011
Default rate3.6%2.4%3.2%
Number in default756
Number in repayment192204186
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)