I’d say we look at you as a person, and at your application, so kinda both! We want to get to know you but also want to know how you work and what you’ve done in the past. We want to make sure you’ll be a good fit for Bennington and vice versa.
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Hello wonderful humans,
Most of the questions we’re getting right are about the application. I just want to say first of all — whatever point you’re at, take a minute, take a breath, and congratulate yourself on the work you’ve done to get to this point. I know it’s a terrifying thing to have your future so up in the air — believe me, I’m a senior, and even though I’ve got a few pretty solid plans, it’s still scary to not know for sure what your life will become. All you can do is work your hardest and trust that what happens will be the right thing. You’re allowed to submit as many supplemental materials as you want.
So. To answer your specific questions:
Great question! Here’s what you should do:
On the common app in the text box for your essay just put a little note saying that you’re going to send your essay to the college directly. Once you hit ‘apply’ Bennington will give you access to your ‘applicant status page’. On that there is a drop down menu where you can upload your essay without any problems. Let us know if this works out okay and feel free to give us a call (802) 440-4312 if anything comes up. While it feels like you’re submitting an incomplete application this is totally okay.
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Nah, they’re not required, although we do love to see any supplementary materials in your application. Bear in mind that your application isn’t judged by artists, either; the Admissions Counselors are the only ones who will see your application and the only ones who will decide whether or not you’re accepted. So go ahead and send us anything you have! It can really only help you, because it gives us an idea of what you’re passionate about and where your work might head if you’re to arrive at Bennington somewhere down the road.
Thanks for all the great questions - keep them coming!
Buttt, if you have really specific questions about your application, we’re going to be able to give you a much better answer on an individual basis. Give us a call. The same people who write on the blog answer phones. We don’t bite!
802-440-4312 from 9-5 during the week.
There’s absolutely no requirement for you to come and visit or do an in-person interview as part of the Admissions process (although we do love it when you guys do that!).
As far as visiting campus goes, that’s partially what this blog is for - allowing prospective students to get a sense of life at Bennington by looking vicariously through our eyes. Obviously there’s no parallel to seeing the real thing, but we do our best to give you enough information that would allow you to make an informed decision about whether or not you want to attend Bennington without having to visit.
As for the interview: while we don’t require an interview, we strongly, strongly encourage them. The good news is that they needn’t be in-person. We have several Admissions Counselors who are divided up by different states and regions; so each state has a counselor assigned to it (and we also have an international counselor). The best way to find out who your counselor is would be to call the Admissions Office at (802)-440-4312 and ask! The counselors make trips throughout their territories in the fall and can schedule in-person interviews at their various stops, OR we can get you in contact with them to schedule a phone interview.
Anyway, I hope that helps! We hope you come visit if that ever becomes a possibility!