Bennington College

Bennington College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Bennington College Ranked?

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2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Bennington College was awarded 95 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is sound arts.

Overall Quality

Bennington is ranked #224 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Bennington held the #788 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Bennington also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Vermont ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bennington?

Acceptance Rate

Bennington College has an acceptance rate of 60%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Bennington.

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Bennington College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Bennington is an impressive 8 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bennington College is 49%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  49 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bennington College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 80% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Bennington College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Bennington for first-time, full-time students is 64%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  64 out of 100

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Bennington College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 697 undergraduates at Bennington with 606 being full-time and 91 being part-time.

How Much Does Bennington College Cost?

The overall average net price of Bennington is $30,741. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Bennington

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$23,632 $23,093 $23,796 $34,109 $39,888

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Bennington, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bennington, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $6,784 a year. That adds up to $27,136 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bennington is 2.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Bennington Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Bennington make about $44,196 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Bennington graduates since it is 4% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Bennington College

Bennington College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bennington, Vermont. Bennington is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Contact details for Bennington are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201-6003
Phone: 802-442-5401

Bennington College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 72 majors graduated from Bennington College. Of these students, 222 received undergraduate degrees and 43 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Visual & Performing Arts 33 $14,867
Drama & Theater Arts 24 $15,302
Music 18 $21,599
Literature 15 $20,202
Public Policy 13 NA
General Psychology 12 NA
East Asian Languages 12 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 10 NA
General Social Sciences 9 NA
Natural Resources Conservation 8 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Bennington College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Bennington

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 750 students took at least one online class at Bennington College. This is an increase from the 89 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 750 194
2018-2019 89 0
2017-2018 72 0
2016-2017 73 0
2015-2016 79 79

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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