hello i am an arty
How hard are you willing to work? Art courses (actually, most courses at Bennington) tend to be as intense as you make them, especially with more labor-intensive stuff like ceramics or printmaking or animation. There probably isn’t much in terms of just one-off, no-work classes, but I guess you could slide through a drawing class, say, doing the bare minimum and maybe get a marginal pass, but what’s the point of that?
Some of the courses I’ve learned the most from have also been the most intense and, at times, frustrating, both in assignments and critiques. I’ve worked for hours on certain assignments just to get (helpfully) torn apart in class critiques. Usually, a few hours later (or a few weeks later if i got really mad!!) I’d realize just how much more helpful my getting torn apart was.
So yeah, as with any class here, if you’re willing to work and you’re open to critique, art classes can be immensely helpful. Or, if you’re just taking a course because you’re curious about, I dunno, how to silkscreen, you could have a good time and learn how to do the thing without it being the most intense course you’re taking that term.
hi faeyerotiggular two quick answers
1. National Merit is pretty d*ng impressive and definitely would NOT hurt to mention on your application! We won’t even get that jealous
2. If you don’t feel confident about interviewing right now and are able to set an interview up later, go ahead and wait. The counselors here are pretty smart and it’s likely that they won’t forget who you are, and it’s even more likely they won’t forget who you are if you have a really awesome conversation with them during your interview. So if you’re ready, go for it! If not, wait!
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Bennington both allows and encourages class visits for prospective students! I sat in on an acting class on my first visit to Bennington and it was a great experience.
This link will help you schedule a visit:
Or give us a call: 800-833-6845
And we’ll set you up!
- Matt ‘17
The honest answer to this question is both. Existing on top of a hill above a little town can cause a feeling of claustrophobia. With this, it’s the same thing that makes our school unique, and I find that the lack of opportunity outside the campus contributes to the opportunities inside the campus. For example, because most people live on campus, we are able to have strong house communities - where freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors all live together and there’s no segregation between classes. The seclusion inspires all kinds of on-campus events and social gatherings, in which people really have the ability to bring their ideas to the Bennington community and can to make them happen. Also, for those that want to experience other communities from time to time, there are many towns to visit nearby - Williamstown, Manchester, Albany - and it’s about a 3 hour trip to NYC. Basically, your experience here is what you make it!
P.S. the seclusion is what gives us this crazy beautiful view!!
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.”*
* “…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.
Well, if you check out the Williams College Debating Union FAQ you will see they say “Everyone!” can join - but according to Ashley, our Williams alum turned Bennington admissions counselor, their club is not one of the biggest and is likely just formed by a small group of Williams students.
But hey, don’t give up on Bennington yet! We don’t have a formal debate organization on campus yet but new clubs are always forming and often get rolling with surprising momentum. Our fencing and ultimate frisbee clubs are only recently formed groups but have gained enough traction to travel and compete. So, persevere and maybe even face our friendly purple cow neighbors at the podium one day.
- Sam ‘16
We’re so excited to meet you! Before arriving, make sure to check out this fantastic list of really important and helpful questions compiled by Alan. Also, ask your tour guide about Jennings ghost stories and climb for candy.
It’s important to know that the tour is an individualized experience. Mostly likely it will just be you and your tour guide plus any parents, friends, or buddies you bring along. So…. ask lots of questions! Inquire, share stories, tell us what you’re up or about an experience you’ve had that’s shifted your understanding of yourself.
Can’t wait to get to know you!
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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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.
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!
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,