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


Ordering Course Materials for Fall Term

Course materials and textbooks for your fall courses will be visible in Bennington College’s academic information system, Populi. Once you’ve been registered for your courses, you’ll be able to see the course materials on each course’s “Info” page within Populi—just click on the name of the course in your schedule, and make sure you’re on the “Info” tab. Students are encouraged to review these pages, and to order all required course materials from a vendor of their choosing, well before the term begins. Although a limited number of books will be available for each class in the on-campus bookstore, these are primarily intended to facilitate the add/drop process.


College housing will reopen for the fall term at noon on Sunday, August 28. If you are required (for on-campus employment) to arrive earlier you must secure advanced permission from Student Life. Any student who arrives prior to opening without advance permission from the Office of Student Life will be fined $100 for each one-hour period that they have stayed prior to opening. Students who need housing accommodations prior to their arrival date for extenuating circumstances should contact the Office of Student Life. If your request is granted, there is a charge per night for early arrivals. Please plan your travel accordingly.

Important Dates for Fall 2016

  • Saturday–Monday, August 20–22: New international students arrive, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Monday, August 22: Students attending Pre-Orientation arrive, 9:00 am–noon
  • Friday, August 26: New and transfer students arrive, 9:00 am–1:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 28: Houses open for returning students, noon
  • Monday, August 29: Registration
  • Monday, August 29: Convocation, 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 30: Classes begin
  • Refer to the Academic Calendar for other important dates

Albany to Bennington Transportation

Please refer to the extended shuttle schedule for beginning of term.