I just found this catalog written called “Students on Bennington” that students in the seventies made for admissions. I was amazed to find this titillating piece by The Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan of the class of 1977. What a crazy place this was.
George catered Coffee Hour last night, and, in typical fashion, really outdid himself. He served four kinds of cheese, bagels, Wheat-Thins, Triscuits, sardines, funny hors d’ourvres of tomato and cheese welded to saltines, tuna salad with far too many onions, and Almaden California Red Burgundy (an unfortunate staple at Dewey House).
Social life at Bennington:
Dance Party / House Bonding!
"Studying" on the Lawn!
Yeah, of course! Indoor smoking isn’t allowed anywhere on campus, but pretty much anywhere outdoors is fair game.
Yes. There are six quads - all in the 70s houses - that are four-person rooms. Having lived in one myself, I can say that they are absolutely massive and perfectly suitable for a four-person living situation. The 70s houses also have what are commonly referred to as the upstairs quads, which are four separate rooms that converge around a shared common room. As far as I know, freshmen aren’t placed into these quads, so it’s a safe bet that if you’re placed in a quad it will be one of the downstairs ‘studio’ quads.
Fels used to be a smoking house, but there are no smoking houses any more, so no to the latter. Sometimes people do smoke in their rooms but that is against student policies and can result in huge fines if you get caught. So, don’t do that.
As for loudness, I don’t live in Fels so I can’t really speak to that too much. My impression is that it tends to be a little louder than the median, but it has its periods of loud on the weekends and quiet during the week just like every other house. Something really important to note is that houses change each year with the incoming freshman class/new residents, so you will also have a say in how the Fels community shapes out this year. Like I said; I don’t live in Fels so I can’t give you the best idea of what it’s like to live there, but assuming you’re an incoming freshman so you’ll have a better idea of what it’s like in a few short weeks. Hang in there!
o hei thar
Bingham-specific, something you should definitely bring is a floor lamp and a desk lamp. Talk to your roommate; see if they already have one, because you probably don’t need two. Bingham doesn’t have overhead lighting and most other colonial houses don’t either. Floor lamps are always handy to have around anyway.
Being the best there ever was is also an important trait to have, so, yeah, be conscientious that you’re always doing that. Otherwise, you’ll get a better idea once you get here!
Looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks! Enjoy the rest of your summer!
To be honest, I’m not sure where we’d find the housing questionnaire from this past year or whether or not it changes a bunch from year to year. I think I can give you an idea of how they match you up, though.
Basically, they ask you questions like:
And then you’re also (if I remember correctly) given the opportunity to write in some sort of summary of yourself in order to give a sense of your personality and how you relate things. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the questions they ask, but I’m fairly sure it’s mostly correct, so.
Essentially it’s a pretty comprehensive survey and I think from what I’ve seen that people who are honest and thorough in their answers get placed in living situations that work out really well for them. I hope this helps give a sense of how the housing process works!
The word from Student Life is sometime in mid-July, barring any sorta delays. So, probably not for at least another week or two. Just a heads-up, though: in Admissions, I/we only know as much about housing/roommates/classes as the incoming freshmen do, so we will probably never be a great resource to ask about things like that.
Your best bet (assuming that you’re an incoming freshman) for that kind of information is either to ask around on the Class of 2016 Facebook group or call the office of Student Life at (802)-440-4330. I’d say give it another couple of weeks before you start making phone calls though - it’ll all be worth it, I promise.
If I tried, it wouldn’t really do them any justice. The problem with trying to define house personalities right now is that they haven’t really been defined yet - it’s completely up to the people who currently live in a given house to decide what their own living experience is. Thus, any description I or any of the other interns would give you would be outdated and likely out of touch (since we’re only really experts on the houses we actually live in).
Sorry I can’t answer your question. Just know that there is a huge variety in house personalities from one to the next and that we have houses that are very loud; very quiet; and very much in between the two extremes. There is definitely something for everyone and our housing process seeks to identify what housing environment might be best for every incoming student. You (and I) will have a better sense of the house personalities when everyone arrives on campus, I promise.