Ahhh, come on. Who told you that? Psh.
People at Bennington are—well, we’re people. Some of us are more or less athletic than others; some of us are always early to class and some aren’t; some of us are Macs and some are PCs… Some of us do (and some of us don’t) choose to identify as “weirdos.”
But I guess the only way you could find out for yourself would be to come visit…
…and tell us yourself… are we weirdos? Maybe we are, maybe we’re not. Solid?
Sometimes we ask ourselves this very question,
The college actually isn’t (quite) small enough for any student to know literally everyone. You’ll meet new people and learn new things about the ones you already know.
That being said, neither the college nor the town is large by any relative standards. Do we have all of the modern comforts of urban life—grocery stores, Radio Shack, cute diners—even, perhaps, a bowling alley? Good golly, yes!
If, however, you are a regular concertgoer who loves seeing each next big act come through on tour, you’d have to drive somewhere from Bennington to do that. Campus really comes alive on weekends with student events: concerts, open mic nights, movie showings, study groups (the struggle is real)… But we’re by no means urban. Bennington may not be big enough for everybody, but it’s never too small.
Better upwards than downwards, am i right??
but for real, health issues are a perfectly valid excuse for this sort of thing. 3.5->4.0 doesn’t sound too extreme, but if you’re concerned at all, just make sure you’re in communication with your counselor so that they know what the story is.
This goes for any concerns, grades or otherwise! talk to your counselor! they know that things are literally changing all the time and that some things are just beyond our control! We’re all humans here!
we must maintain the balance
I reached out to the Dean’s Office on this one, and the answer I got back was that requests for disability-related companion animals - other than service dogs - are handled on a case-by-case basis. The required information you must submit to the school in requesting an accommodation can be viewed here. I do know of one student previously who had a cat for an anxiety disorder, but it’s really between you and the Dean’s Office.
While there are no guarantees, I encourage you to apply again. There are a lot of students who have taken gap years before coming here and also while they were studying. It’s all good — go have some life experiences! Travel, or meet people, learn a new language and do something outrageous or thought-provoking. Then you can tell us what’s happened since we’ve seen you last. We wish you many adventures out there. It’s important that you are discovering what you want and you are going for it (that is, in a way, what Bennington is about).
Sylvia M. ‘16
Yes, it’s 100% possible! Actually, we just launched something called the “dimensional application” - which you can learn more about here. Through this application, you can upload any work that you feel reflects you as a person & what you’re passionate about. There aren’t any “parameters” to what you attach - just put thought into selecting work that you feel demonstrates who you are and how you could thrive here at Bennington.
If don’t choose to participate in the dimensional application and decide to apply via Common App, you will receive an email inviting you to access your personal application status page, where you can upload a portfolio. Again, there are no limitations there - you can attach any documents/files/images you would like to.
!!! you do you !!!
Chocolate, avocado, coconut, vegan/gluten free mousse!
Glad you asked. Here’s the rundown: if you live in the southeastern states or Montana, it’s crucial that you interview in person; those counselors place a lot of weight on it. If you live elsewhere and have more than six freckles on your left arm, a school-visit interview is your best bet, and if fewer than six freckles, a phone interview. It you have exactly six freckles or if you do not have a left arm, you must interview via Skype. Unless you live in the southeastern US or Montana.
No, but really, whatever. We don’t measure people’s commitment to getting into Bennington via some sick metric of how much they’re willing to drive/fly to see us. We do encourage people to visit so that they can really see the school, but if you’ve already done that, then it is 120% up to you how you interview.
Letters of recommendation are certainly something we place weight on, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of options. Go ahead and get that one that you know you can, and then maybe expand your frame. There are other people in your life, I’m sure, who can speak to your character and competence — bosses and coworkers, scoutmasters/other volunteer-y stuff, friends of the family, etc. Your teachers from high school might also be good sources. Get together one or two of those, and include them in your supplement. Or don’t. I can’t give you any guarantees of what will or won’t make you application look best to Bennington; I can only say that we understand difficult circumstances, and… well, this is corny, but if you find yourself unable to dig a tunnel, build a bridge instead. We’re all about getting at what’s important in unconventional ways.
It is deceptively simple.
You know you better than we do, so we aren’t going to design a checklist for you. If we frame the conversation, you might not be able to put your best foot forward: maybe your transcript just isn’t the best way for us to get to know you. Maybe it is. You decide.
So, your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to help us see in you….
The capacity to
design an inquiry, create and revise work
find, analyze, and use resources
apply your understanding to new situations and connect your work to broader contexts
Dexterity with words and with numbers, so as to communicate your ideas and take in those of others
The wherewithal to continue when things are hard, when they don’t make any sense
A tolerance for ambiguity
A facility for collaboration
Aesthetic sensibility and cultural sensitivity
Self-direction, self-reflection, self-restraint
What materials will convey that?
It is hard to do. But high school me would do it because it is an opportunity to have an enriching application experience that’s hopefully kind of fun and not just a drag. Having said that; do what you are comfortable with — we are going to get to know you through the content of your application, not by your choice of application. And you still have the opportunity to include all of this miscellaneous stuff on the common app supplement as well.
That’s a student’s take.
The more official one is here.
Not a huge deal either way. It depends more on when you and your counselor can schedule one, so if that happens before you submit your app, that’s ok. If it happens after, also ok!
Sort of, sometimes! You can have one if it’s got an emergency shutoff feature when tipped over and one of those heating-element guard doodads. Also everything you plug in in the dorms has to be 1000 watts or less. All of the rooms do have radiators that you can crank up, though, so you probably won’t need a space heater.
Depends. Do you want to have the type of job where you get hired because your interviewer was like “oh d*mn you went to harvward here’s a job”? Because that probably wouldn’t happen with a Bennington degree (I dunno how often that happens at all these days…) No one will see that you went to Bennington, though, and not hire you because of that.
You’re just going to have to learn how to advocate for yourself and your skills, which is definitely something most Bennington students learn how to do through things like the Plan Process and Field Work Term. We’re like, self-advocacy pros. Having to constantly think about and back up the hows and whys of you’re studying what you’re studying will do that to a person. Plus, after four Field Work Terms, you get pretty good at applying and interviewing for jobs.
I think it’s safe to say that when it comes down to it, who you are is more important than where you went to school.
it’s still not the 80’s, pal!
EDIT: look at this thing i yoinked from the FWT office!
(tbh i didn’t yoink it they gave it to me)