Bennington College

Bennington College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Bennington College Ranked?

2022 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 97 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is costume design.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Bennington as #788 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

Bennington is also ranked #8 out of 13 schools in Vermont.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bennington?

Acceptance Rate

Bennington College has an acceptance rate of 57%, 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 is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Bennington it is much better at 10 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

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 48%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  48 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bennington College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 83% 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  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Bennington the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 61%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  61 out of 100

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Bennington College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 729 undergraduates at Bennington with 686 being full-time and 43 being part-time.

How Much Does Bennington College Cost?

The overall average net price of Bennington is $29,325. 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 +
$23,511 $22,730 $26,022 $27,823 $40,690

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 54% of students took out student loans averaging $5,595 a year. That adds up to $22,380 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bennington is 4.2%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Bennington make around $29,500 per year during the early years of their employment. Unfortunately, this is 26% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Bennington College make the most money.

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 69 majors graduated from Bennington College. Of these students, 250 received undergraduate degrees and 46 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 44 $18,100
Drama & Theater Arts 28 NA
Literature 21 NA
Music 19 NA
Public Policy 15 NA
Political Science & Government 11 NA
General Social Sciences 11 NA
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 9 NA
Dance 8 NA
General Psychology 6 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 2018-2019, 89 students took at least one online class at Bennington College. This is an increase from the 72 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 89 0
2017-2018 72 0
2016-2017 73 0
2015-2016 79 79
2013-2014 83 83

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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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