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Bennington College Data & Information Overview

13 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
67% Acceptance Rate
Find out more about how Bennington College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below.
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How Well Is Bennington College Ranked?

#338 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in VT
General Visual & Performing Arts Highest Ranked Major

2024 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 13 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general visual & performing arts.

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Overall Quality

Bennington landed the #338 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,238 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

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

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bennington?

67% Acceptance Rate
72% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Bennington College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 67%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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Bennington College Faculty

10 to 1 Student to Faculty
49% Full Time Teachers

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 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

84% Freshmen Retention
66% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 84% 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  84 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 66%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  66 out of 100

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Bennington College Undergraduate Student Diversity

606 Full-Time Undergraduates
17.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
67.5% Percent Women

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?

$30,741 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
$29,544 Total Student Loans
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 61% of students took out student loans averaging $7,386 a year. That adds up to $29,544 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?

$44,196 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
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

Vermont State
606 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
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

72 Majors With Completions
229 Undergraduate Degrees
43 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 72 majors graduated from Bennington College. Of these students, 229 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
East Asian Languages 12 NA
General Psychology 12 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 10 NA
General Social Sciences 9 NA
Other Visual Art 9 NA

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

Online Learning at Bennington

19% Take At Least One Class Online
17% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 171 students took at least one online class at Bennington College. This is a decrease from the 750 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 171 151
2019-2020 750 194
2018-2019 89 0
2017-2018 72 0
2016-2017 73 0

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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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