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


New Faces

A new group of 197 students will join us on campus this fall. Together, first-year and transfer students represent 30 states and 25 countries—Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, China, Congo, Costa Rica, France, Georgia, Guatemala, India, Malawi, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Turkey, The United Kingdom, Vietnam, 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 and Bennington Card Pick-Up

  August 31 (Sunday) Noon–5:00 pm, Flagpole
After 5:00 pm, Campus Safety Office (key only)
  September 1 (Monday) 9:00 am–4:00 pm, UpCafé
After 4:00 pm, Campus Safety Office
  September 2—> Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Student Life Office
After Student Life hours, go to Campus Safety Office

Please be sure to check with your parent/sponsor that your account has been paid accordingly. Any student whose account is not current will not be allowed to receive a room key or remain on campus. Contact Michelle Rollins (802-440-4353; campus x4353) for more information or with any account questions.

Important Dates

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
8:00 pm: Faculty Works
10:00 pm: Open Mic Night; DownCafe
  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
5:45 pm: Community reception, under the tent Commons Lawn (rain location: Greenwall)
8:00 pm: Student Works Performance, Martha Hill Dance Studio
  September 2 (Tuesday) Classes begin
  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 Reunion and 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

Albany to Bennington Transportation