Ya go ahead! That applies to all incoming freshmen too. I would wait to have them shipped until August - so a closer date to when you would actually be arriving on campus. Also just write your name and clarify that you are in an incoming freshman. The post office will hold it for you until you get here.
You can always talk to your admissions counselor for advice but your best bet is to give the financial aid office a ring at 802-442-4325. They are super helpful and totally lovely!
Hope that helps
now that I’ve had my morning cup of coffee, I find myself inclined to add some more substance to my answer to the nudity question. We are a very tolerant campus when it comes to lifestyle choices. Technically you are permitted to wander around campus in your birthday suit as long as the stripping happens in the privacy of your own room. I can’t tell you how many people actually take the school up on this leniency but it happens every once and a while.
so the moral of this story is follow your heart and express yourself how ever you please.
Fall transfer notifications go out May 1st. Buena suerte!
Domestic notifications are mailed, and international ones are emailed. We technically only sent out letters yesterday (April 1st), however, so depending on where you are in the country, it could take a while. It was at least a couple days before mine reached me in Texas. So sit tight, chillax. Also, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Batman Beyond are now on Netflix. Perfect distraction. Get on that!
Oy vey, I was in the same boat as you, so I totally know what you’re going through. My advice is to simply give the Financial Aid Office a holler. Tell the lovely ladies there about your financial situation (seriously, don’t be shy, every detail is important), and they’ll go over all your options with you. Just so you know, there is a financial aid appeal process. But again, the FA Office can give you the scoop on that. You can reach ‘em at 802-440-4325.
No! Most of us stick around for the weekends because there is so much going on here. Also, even though we are in Vermont, we come from all over! So some of us are good skiers but other people are from cities or Hawaii, so it’s an eclectic bunch. Don’t worry!
I remember the feeling. The official Facebook group hasn’t been set up yet, but it is on its way! Accepted students should expect invitations in the near future. :)
~ Holly ‘13
If you like your house, you and a roommate (it could be your first roommate, or maybe they aren’t so into the house and you found a friend who’s dying to move in) may reserve your room. In order to reserve a double, you must have a roommate signing up to move in with you. Juniors and seniors have singles. Juniors and seniors who live in-house are permitted to reserve open singles (order of selection is based on seniority and how long they’ve lived in-house).
If you’re looking to mix up your living situation, you may enter the housing lottery. Preference for selection of open rooms out-of-house is based on seniority. For example, second-term seniors have first choice of open rooms, and freshmen have last pick. Within these class divisions, the lottery determines who has first pick (pull a number and hope for the lowest one). At the beginning of term, there is a brief period when a list of open rooms is available, and you may talk with student life about switching houses/rooms. I hope this helps!
~ Holly ‘13
No problem! First of all, I should mention that if you haven’t already, it’s worth a shot to give the Financial Aid Office a call at (802)-440-4325 to discuss your financial aid package. They are more than willing to discuss your financial options given the package you received, and if you absolutely need more aid in order to attend Bennington, they will do their best to make things work for you.
That said, if you decide to try transferring in as a junior, know that it’s essentially the same process as the freshman application process. You’ll still fill out the common app, include your high school and college transcripts, get recommendation letters, etc. - there is an additional transfer essay as part of the common app, and you will likely be in conversation with our transfer admissions counselor throughout the application process. For junior transfers, our expectation is that you arrive at Bennington with a concrete idea of what you’re thinking of studying - because you will go through an abbreviated Plan Process, it’s necessary that you be able to hit the ground running as a junior transfer. Being accepted as an undergrad will certainly be noted in your application, though it won’t make or break your chances. Best of luck!
Yes and no. All students are technically required to live on-campus—when you sign the Student Handbook at the beginning of your time here you agree to live on-campus unless the Office of Student Life grants you an exemption. That being said, small numbers of students do live off-campus every year, and the way that works is you apply through Student Life to be granted an exemption from the housing requirement. Student Life retains the authority to grant or deny these requests. Senior and Juniors are given priority in the off-campus housing application process. There are a number of acceptable reasons for moving off-campus, and there are also a number of reasons that will automatically grant a student an exemption. For example, if you are over 24, married, or if you have residency in Vermont within 25 miles of campus, you will not be stringently held to the on-campus housing requirement.
Applying to move off-campus is a conversation that students have with the office of Student Life. If you are really concerned about living on-campus I would give them a call and talk about it with them!
The Office of Student Life’s phone # is (802) 442-5401, ext. 4330.