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Bennington Term Two Photo Series: Part One

Because of medical reasons, I can't go skiing, and hiking is a bit of a challenge for me. I'm a bit worried that I may feel a bit left out of group trips/activities. Are there a lot of people who stay back when others go out skiing/hiking/exploring? — Asked by Anonymous

You will not be left out, I promise. Tea parties, homework/ jazz jam sessions, hanging out on the lawn, dramatic readings of children’s books in the library, concerts, performances and star gazing are all examples of activities that don’t necessarily pose a big physical investment. I’ve attached a movie made by a Bennington student about what it’s like to be here. It’s great!

Happy spring,

Sylvia M ‘16

Hi, I am a junior in High School and I looked at Bennington this past December. I really liked it and I was curious about the composition/ jazz program at Bennington. I'd really love to continue doing music, but I don't know if I'd only do music. I have many other interests, but if I really find music to be my "thing," is Bennington a good place for musical exploration? I know it's a difficult question, but pretty much, I'm curious about the music program and how it works! Thanks! — Asked by Anonymous

Hello kindred spirit,

I understand. I get it. I was THERE. Actually though, I entered my time here with a huge drive to study exactly those things - jazz and composition. But I also had my interest in sculpture to fulfill. And there we have the intimidating question facing those who approach Bennington: how do I take all my “things” to make an education?

Well, you’ve already given the answer! Exploration. In my freshman year I took a variety of classes in music, visual art, and all the things in between. In the music department, I’ve moved through classes in improvisation, composition, history, and personal lessons, as well as collaborations with dance and theater. Music faculty (and all faculty, in fact) encourage study across the disciplines and within. Students are challenged to engage broadly, from classical theory to the avant garde and beyond into new questions. Take a peek at our current music curriculum and see for yourself!


^ Jennings earlier today ^

xo Sam ‘16

Can you have two areas of concentration? — Asked by Anonymous

I’ve been asking around the office this afternoon, and no one can think of anyone who studies Just One Thing.

A LOT students here have two-or-more areas of study. Like, that’s probably more common than just one. Bennington Students™ are usually encouraged to study so broadly during their time here that it can be hard to stick to one discipline.


kagan  ’16

Different person on the ceramics thing, if someone who isn't taking ceramics wants to do things in the studio, is there a materials fee or studio fee? — Asked by Anonymous

hey there, 

No such thing here - even the thought of materials fees or studio fees are too funny to think about. This I believe goes for all areas of study within the Visual Arts. As a student who has been studying VA for two years now, I can tell you that I’ve paid for very little of what I need to make work here, at least in comparison to other schools that I’m familiar with. Often material is provided for. I’ve really only had to buy things such a paper, personal ceramics tools, film, etc. And when it comes to ceramics, there is no studio fee at all. Being able to use the studios here, without having taken intro courses is totally possible. First of all, it only takes a small conversation with one of ceramics faculty. I can’t imagine that they’d turn down a curious mind. And if you know your way in the world of ceramics, even better. Regardless, If you can crowd-source skills and info from friends here, seek out help from the ceramics tech and talk to faculty in order to become aware of what classes need (space, material, etc), you should be more than okay! 

~Doug ‘16~

Are there any mountains near Bennington that are a challenging hike? Here in NJ I like to climb Mt. Tammany as a stamina training thing and I'm training to maybe possibly hopefully climb Kilimanjaro some day. — Asked by Anonymous

Jeez wow, whatta an adventurous individual! You’d definitely have some hike-hyped homies to hang with on this campus, should you so choose. The Bennington Athletic Department has lots of fun hiking related trips for those who enjoy doing that organized group type thing. The nearest mountain friend that we have is Mount Anthony, a lovely, peaked thing which towers over campus at all times. We also have a rock climbing wall in the Meyer Rec Barn on campus, which allows for lots of hike related fun between larger treks out into the great unknown. 

Happy trails!!!!!!

~Ananda ‘16~

What happens at a new student orientation on AUG26? when do students move into their dorms? What are thy provided with in the dorms and what essential things do we need to buy? Thank zyou so much. see you in the fall. I am so excited :D — Asked by Anonymous

Yes yay, much excitement, wowee! 

New Student Orientation involves a myriad of fun and friend-making activities which aim to help situate you comfortably into your new home. If you are an international student, then you arrive, move in and start getting acquainted with the school on August 26th. All the other incoming freshman will be moving in on the 29th. After that the whole school orientation experience will begin. It’s basically just a lot of getting to know you and helping you to get to know the school, the campus and eachother before all the other, more seasoned Bennington folk get back to campus and crowd it up for you.

The dorms themselves come with: a desk, a desk chair, a twin bed (xtra long!), a chest of drawers and a bookshelf for each student. Every room also has a closet and a long mirror. 

If you have been placed in a colonial, you’ll probably want to bring a couple lamps with you, as the rooms are very old and beautiful and don’t have overhead lights. I would also suggest bringing lots of comfy sweaters, extra-long twin sheets and a mattress pad to match, a camera for documenting the beautiful Vermont landscape, and an adventurous heart open to a brand new world of exciting experiences! See you in the fall!


~Ananda ‘16~

alright hi! i'm an accepted student (hooray) and bennington is top 3 right now so that's pretty rad. anyway, just wondering if during FWT students are allowed to go home for christmas/holidays (i mean, if they aren't going home for their FWT). there might be an obvious answer but who knows (not me, clearly) — Asked by newdirt

Congratulations, friend! We’re so glad to know we’ve made it into your top 3! 

In answer to your question: Yes! Before Field Work Term begins, there is a generally two-or-so week period set aside for winter break, during which time students can relax and seek familial comfort before setting out towards the exciting work filled weeks still to come! 

Much love from VT, 

~Ananda ‘16~

how cold does it get? and is there skiing nearby? — Asked by Anonymous

It gets pretty darn arctic around here at times, I can’t pretend it doesn’t. However, if you’re like me, a lover of all things snowy, then you’ll feel right at home here among the rolling, snow covered Vermont knolls and nooks. I’d definitely advise the inclusion of a nice down coat on your packing list, or at least many cozy, knit sweaters to layer over one another.

Come the winter months there are many outdoor activities in which to participate, either through the Bennington Athletic Department’s lovely organized trips to various near by winter establishments and natural spots or on your own with a group of like-minded pals! There are definitely lovers of the ski among us here on campus, that’s for sure, so your equipment wouldn’t get lonely on its own or left in storage all term if brought along with you. 

We’ve recently said farewell to winter here (shhh, fingers crossed, don’t let the weather gods see me say this!!!) and we’ve been greeting 70 degree days for the past week!

Happy Trails!

~Ananda ‘16~

I have asked a couple times on here but have not gotten an answer yet. I practice a raw vegan lifestyle. How available would fresh fruits and veg be available (hows the salad bar/are their fresh juices?/is there fruit always available?) and how successful would my lifestyle be at a place like Bennington? — Asked by Anonymous

Sorry that you haven’t gotten an answer for this yet, but here it is! I am not raw vegan but have been vegan here and am now predominantly vegan. Fresh fruit and veggies are always available- there is a fully-stocked salad bar. During breakfast, melon, honeydew, and grapefruit are the main fruits (and my favorite). For the rest of the day, there are bananas, apples, and oranges that you can either eat in the dining hall or take with you.

I have had a meeting with dining services, and there are possibilities outside of the meal plan if they really cannot accommodate your diet. You can make it work, though. There is also a major food group, the Bennington Sustainable Food Project, that works on the student garden and does awesome work with food for the school. 

If you want to talk more about food or dining options with me, feel free to shoot me an email: I can also put you in contact with dining services so you can chat with them about food possibilities, too. 

Hope this helps!

-Kate D. ‘14


I’ve assembled a list of options.  Pick whichever style you feel suits you best.

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Disclaimer: Option 2, if enacted while on Bennington campus, may result in room fines.

-Ray ‘15

What is the next step after I submit my enrollment deposit and fill out the financial responsibility agreement? — Asked by Anonymous

Hi there,

I thought this checklist may be helpful. 

1) Submit intent to enroll form

2) Pay $500 deposit

3) Submit financial responsibility agreement


Hey! I'm torn between Bennington and Sarah Lawrence. You guys seem much friendlier, but I'm terrified to be stuck up in vermont. I've lived in metropolitan areas my whole life. What's the transition like for most students? Does anyone have any experience with SLC? It's April and I'm panicking. Any insight would be extraordinarily helpful. — Asked by Anonymous

Hey, if any insight would be helpful then here is what I think. 

I grew up in a city of about 1 million people and while I was looking for a more rural setting for college, I understand your worries. Let me say that Bennington isn’t as small as it seems. In fact it is the 3rd largest town in VT. I mean, we have a Walmart. 

Facts aside, what I have found most similar between the city I came from and Bennington is the community. Bennington has a pretty tight knit community and most everything you need is on campus (which also means you probably wont spend too much money during term). There are lots of events, lectures, shows, readings etc. as well as friends and oh yeah, work.

I found the transition to be a natural one - there is a sense that we are all in this together on this campus and I found myself finding things to get involved with very easily. But, that is my experience. If you can, I would urge you to visit both of the schools to see how you feel on campus and then make your decision. 


P.S If the city is really a deal breaker, consider going to a city for FWT. You can spend all the money you saved during term and the come back here to save up again. 

Is there any bathtub in the dorms xD — Asked by Anonymous

Yes. There is.

It may not be like this:


but it won’t be like this either:


And if you’re lucky and here on the right day in May you might see something like this:


-Eliana ‘15


If you’ve been through the application process this year we’ve asked a lot about your interests and the work that you make. So, I figured we should return the favor.

Here at Bennington it’s Long Weekend which means that us students are taking a much deserved break for a few days. Please take this as an invitation to follow in our footsteps. Put down that financial aid document you’ve been thumbing through and relax to the sweet sounds of Hart - a musical project created by two current Bennington sophomores.

(Oh and nodding to the last post I should mention that both members of Hart are indeed bois). 

-Eliana ‘15