Posts tagged Bennington College

What buildings on campus are open 24 hours? — Asked by Anonymous

All of ‘em.

The ones where they keep the lights on are VAPA, CAPA, a set of study rooms in the library, and Jennings.  You can wander through most of the other buildings but you’ll need the above pictured sweet twisty keys if you want to go in the rooms.  Also, Campus Safety does not recognize the use of sweet twisty keys.  Your mileage and disciplinary sentencing may vary.  Alan, additionally, wishes me to remind you that in the Bennington educational philosophy, “freedom” is defined as “not the absence of restraint.”*

-Ray ‘15

* “…but rather the fullest possible substitution for restraint imposed by others for restraint imposed by the self.”  This applies equally to the Plan process and the availability of banned housebreaking instruments via the internet.

is the bennington admissions staff big on recommendations? — Asked by Anonymous

he’ll yeah! we’re so big on recommendations that we require two of them! they’re so cool because we like to get the scoop the whole scoop and nothing but the scoop on you! of course it’s cool to hear what you have to say about yourself, but sometimes we wanna know what other people have to say about you (as a student, no less!)

go get those RECS


Bennington Radio Project

Follow the BRP’s new Tumblr! We post links to various podcasts we’re listening to and our original content will be coming soon!

Listen to some of our older work here.

it’s called attendance but it’s really self-actualization manifest
Eileen Scully, history teacher, on taking attendance in my Explorations in Public History class this morning. 
What have you, and people you know done for field work term so far? Any amazing experiences? — Asked by Anonymous

No amazing experiences allowed —

Just kidding.  I feel as though Field Work Term requires amazing experiences.  Even if on the surface the job seems to be mundane, there is a certain magic in knowing the work you are doing away from school informs and supports your academic pursuits at Bennington.  There’s no way to categorize Field Work Terms as each experience is subject to the individual student.  So here’s a swath of some favorites from the //kids in the admissions office// //wednesday afternoon shift// //go team!//

This last winter, I was in Tokyo working with an alternative education think-tank.  I was working with some peers to develop a theater piece on the cultural disparities between Japanese and American life.  To put it simply…  My first time out of the country.  I miss Tokyo so much and cannot wait to go back. - Jeremy ‘16 

My sophomore year I went to Bolivia to learn and exchange fiber arts skills with a community of traditional textile artists. My days were spent weaving, knitting, crocheting, taking long walks in the Andes, laughing and trying communicate in my second language. I was able to go back this past summer to visit for a couple weeks and dance in the annual fiesta. Wish I was there now! - Selina ‘15

This past fwt I spent working in a neuroscience research lab in the lovely Eugene, Oregon. The lab was researching the neurocircuitry of decision-making in Caenorhabditis Elegans, a really really really tiny nematode. I had a ton of fun working in the lab but I think the best part was actually living and cooking for myself in a beautiful microhome, and commuting to work every day. - Alex ‘16

Omg ok so my very first FWT was spent at a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in upstate New York - a huge and important time for me personally and academically. My days were spent learning how to meditate (and doing it daily), making eggs for Tibetan monks and nuns, making and lighting 1,000 butter-lamps every weekend, filling offering bowls with safron water, incense, and flowers, collecting German alternative pop-rock music from one of the ex-Alaskan-fisherman monks, and converting hours of footage of the community’s many aid trips to Nepal from VHS to digital. -Chloe ‘16

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<3 the wednesday afternoon shift

Does Bennington accept CLEP scores for college credits? or if I have a 700+ score in SAT chemistry or math level II, will I get any kind of credits or exemptions? Thanks in advance!!! — Asked by Anonymous


Unfortunately no, we do not accept CLEP or SAT scores as college credits. We do accept some AP scores, but this will have to get discussed and approved by someone in the Dean’s Office. Here is a link to our complete credit transfer policy.


Chloe ‘16

Intermediate Playwriting: Scene and Structure, Day One.We had a big mess of symbols and we had to tell the story of Jack &amp; Jill in six frames. For next class we have to adapt one image into a full scene. Collages! This one was a collaboration between my friend Haley and me.Alan &#8216;15

Intermediate Playwriting: Scene and Structure, Day One.

We had a big mess of symbols and we had to tell the story of Jack & Jill in six frames. For next class we have to adapt one image into a full scene. Collages! This one was a collaboration between my friend Haley and me.

Alan ‘15

Are those reaction jpgs facebook emoticons or characters kagan drew? — Asked by Anonymous

i didn’t draw them


Mobile Girl MiM by Funny Eve


What is the drama application process like? Other than the common app and supplement is there an audition and what is that like? — Asked by Anonymous

The drama application process is the same as all our other application processes because we only have one application process.

Basically, you’ll get an email after you submit the Common App stuff telling you how to access your Bennington supplement page, which is where you’ll upload whatever you want us to see—stuff like acting reels, portfolios, etc… So we don’t have any formal application auditions. If you want to be in a drama production once you get here, there are auditions for those, but nothing before then. 



Do students ever get awarded full ride scholarships to go to this school (or close to that amount like 75% or above)? I would like an honest answer. Thanks. — Asked by Anonymous

The answer to your question(s) is YES. We do have a significant number of students who receive significant financial aid. It’s all need-based, so you’ll most likely get what you need once you get accepted. If you are an accepted student and you need 75% or above, then Bennington will try to make it happen.

Here are some links to a summary of financial aid and the Financial Aid Handbook. However, statistics often don’t accurately represent how personal Bennington is. Like everything else, Financial Aid at Bennington is done on a very individual level.

Bennington gave me the most financial aid out of any school I applied to and I know that this was true for many of my friends as well. Additionally, when it was still not enough, the Financial Aid Office renegotiated my aid so I could attend. Each year I can renegotiate my aid based on my family’s need. 

If you have questions regarding applying for financial aid, feel free to email the financial aid office or give them a call at 800-833-6845. They’ll be glad to answer your questions and to work with you on your financial aid application.

Our main piece of advice is NEVER let the price of a school stop you from applying. Many of the schools that are the most expensive are also the schools that give the most financial aid. Additionally, many schools have waivers for the admission fee (including Bennington!). 

Money can be scary, but don’t let it stop you from applying from colleges that you are passionate about. 

Arden ‘16 and Chernoh ‘15 

How do you set up your Field Work Term? Do you meet with an adviser? Can you set it all up on your own? — Asked by Anonymous

There are lots of different ways to think about Field Work Term; you can focus on the location, or specific job you’d like, or you can begin with a general area of interest. The process is really self-motivated. If you have an idea for what kind of internship you want to do and you already have a specific place in mind, you will just need to write a proposal and submit it to your adviser and the Field Work Term office. If you are more lost and don’t have ideas (like many of us), then you have time to set up meetings with your adviser and the Field Work Term office and they will help you on the search for the perfect opportunity. There is an online database called WorkLink which has internship jobs posted from all around the world, and also resources from past Bennington Students’ Field Work Term Positions.If you need it, there is lots of guidance available!!

Nila ‘17

Hello. I am currently starting the school application and was wondering if there was anything you recommend I need to do to increase my chances of acceptance? Thx — Asked by Anonymous

Show us who you are! Be honest, be open, and remember that we will look at everything you send us with attention and enthusiasm. So don’t be shy, pack that application with anything and everything that would help us get to know YOU! The good, the bad, the odd and absurd, the hilarious, the everything. Let loose baby.


Rachael ‘15

How many people from Bennington (the city) apply to Bennington (the college)? — Asked by Anonymous

That is a fabulous question indeed. We currently have no students from the town of Bennington, but we do have a handful of students from the surrounding area; Shaftsbury, Arlington, etc., as well as from farther north - places like Burlington and the most glorious and beautiful Northeast Kingdom. (NEK! NEK! NEK!)

We love Vermonters here at Bennington. Myself in particular, probably with a bit too much gusto… Always looking more applicants!


Vermont strong.

Rachael ‘15

I found Bennington last night and it seems somewhat perfect for me. I've never been one to excel when it comes to academics, but I'm passionate about all forms of art. Bennington seems like a perfect fit. I'm just worried about fitting in. I'm not what seems to be the typical "kinda skinny only shops at urban outfitters liberal4life" artist. I would generally vote republican, I like hunting, and don't really care about feminism. Would I be ostracized/completely alone? — Asked by Anonymous

(I ran out of room but feel the need to explain a little more) I’m gay, so naturally I’m a very open and accepting person, but I also know what I like. I’ve been harassed a lot as a gay man who doesn’t fit the stereotype, and would prefer to spend my time/money elsewhere if that’s what’s going to happen. I don’t shove my beliefs down anyone’s throat… Just, different strokes for different folks, you know?

Hello halloooo, and thank you for writing in with such a good and important post/question.

After talking with the other admissions interns in the office and reflecting on my own experiences and impressions of these sorts of things, I would say that the main ostracized/not-ostracized factor would be the level of mutual acceptance and respect for everyone’s opinions/the way the opinions are presented, rather than the actual opinions/identifiers themselves. Because a lot of people here do have pretty similar political/social ideals, it’s actually extremely helpful and interesting when there are people in the community who have different ideas - it can get a bit tiresome to always be having discussions without much friction.

In your later post you mention being a very open and accepting person who doesn’t try to shove his opinion down other people’s throats - perfect! That’s really all that could prevent you from being accepted and welcomed into the community. My suggestion would be to come visit, take a tour, sit in on a class, and eat lunch with students, to see how the general vibe feels to you. But certainly know that not every single person is liberal here, and CERTAINLY not everyone fits into that "kinda skinny only shops at urban outfitters liberal4life" social stereotype. We like variety.

Best, please come visit, and e-mail me if you have any other questions/concerns (,

Chloe ‘16

I got a SAT score of 1990 with 1380 on CR plus Mathematics. I have major concerns regarding financial aid. So what are my chances of getting somewhat close to full aid/full aid ? — Asked by Anonymous

Here’s the problem: 

Bennington doesn’t have a mathematical equation that we can plug your scores into and get your financial aid package. That would be nice. But, it would also mean that all students would be judged solely on their test scores. Which isn’t really how it works here. Students up for aid are looked at holistically because an SAT score really gives us no information on how you’ll fit in here. Your chances of getting a larger financial aid package increase the more excited you are about Bennington and the more passionately you pursue your own interests. If you still need additional info give the Financial Aid office a ring at 802-440-4325. 

All the best,

Emily ‘16