Your campus email address is the primary way we communicate with you, so please check it often.


New Faces

A new group of 206 students will join us on campus this fall. Together, first-year and transfer students represent 30 states and 30 countries—Albania, Mali, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Norway, Botswana, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Palestine, Cameroon, Portugal, Canada, Russia, China, Serbia, Colombia, South Africa, Denmark, South Korea, Egypt, Syria, Guatemala, Turkey, Hungary, United Kingdom, India, Vietnam, Malawi, and the United States. We look forward to welcoming them warmly to Bennington.

Arriving on Campus/Opening of School

Houses open for returning students at noon on August 31. Students arriving in Bennington before August 31 will not be permitted on campus and must find alternate overnight accommodations. We thank you in advance for planning your arrival accordingly.

Key Pick-Up

August 31 (Sunday)

  • Noon–5:00 pm, Flagpole
  • After 5:00 pm, Campus Safety Booth

September 1—>

  • 8:00 am–5:00 pm, Key Room (Buildings and Grounds)
  • After 5:00 pm, Campus Safety Booth

Please be sure to check with your parent/sponsor that your account has been paid accordingly. For information or with any account questions, contact Michelle Rollins (802-440-4353; campus x4353).

Beginning-of-Term Schedule

In addition to what is listed below, please check out the web calendar for information about events scheduled for the upcoming academic year and the academic calendar. Audition information for language, music, drama, and dance can be found online.

August 31 (Sunday)

  • Noon | Houses open for returning students
  • 11:00 am–noon | Brunch, Dining Hall
  • 5:30 pm | Dinner, Dining Hall
  • 7:30 pm | Faculty Works
  • 10:00 pm | Open Mic Night; DownCafé

September 1 (Monday)

  • Labor Day | Some administrative offices closed
  • 2:00–4:00 pm | Advising and registration, faculty offices
  • 4:30 pm | Convocation, Usdan Gallery
  • 8:00 pm | Student Works Performance, Martha Hill Dance Studio

September 2 (Tuesday)

September 4

  • 5:00 pm | Student Involvement Fair, Commons Lawn

September 5

  • 10:00 pm | Student Band Showcase, Student Center

September 7

  • 10:00 pm | First Coffee Hour

September 26–28

  • Family Weekend

October 17–20

  • Long Weekend

November 26–30

  • Thanksgiving break

December 12

  • Last day of classes

December 13

  • Student houses close at 3:00 pm

December 24–January 1

  • Winter break: Administrative offices closed

Albany to Bennington Transportation