First Year Experience

First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience is a combination of one-on-one support and group programming to assist first-year students in their transition to the College. First-year advisors work in concert with faculty advisors to help students develop the habits of mind that contribute to success at Bennington.

Hours
  • During term: M–F 9:00AM–5:00PM
  • Summer/FWT: M–F 8:30AM–4:00PM
Location
  • Barn 120
Contact
Welcome

Getting ready for Bennington starts before you arrive on campus. In May, we invite incoming students to visit our welcome pages for information about arrival and orientation.

How do I ...?

Our student portal is a great place to look for answers to all kinds of questions—and to find out information you hadn't thought of asking yet.

Be in Touch

Stop by the FYE offices in Barn 120 with your questions, or just to say hello! You can also drop us a line by email at any time.

First-Year Advising

Each entering first-year student is assigned two advisors: a faculty advisor and a first-year advisor in Academic Services. The first-year advisor provides support to accepted students and their families as they prepare for their arrival at Bennington College and throughout their first year on campus.

Through a series of individual advising meetings, skill building workshops, academic and social programming, and a weekly newsletter, we aim to connect first-year students with the people, programs, and resources available at Bennington.

First-year advisors work collaboratively with faculty advisors to assist new students as they acquire an emerging understanding of the capacities of a Bennington education, the Plan Process, the student/faculty advising relationship, work/life balance, what it means to engage inclusively with community members and the world at large, and campus resources.

At the conclusion of the first year, students are ready move on to their second year and beyond, where they will continue to build upon the relationships developed with their faculty advisors and their understanding of the many resources and opportunities available to them at Bennington.

International Students

The Academic Services office also provides services specifically designed for International Students. Find out more information about applying to and attending Bennington as an International Student. 

Who We Are

Kate Child
Kate Child
Director of first-year experience and international student services
Barn 120
call kchlld@bennington.edu call 802-753-2491
Danielle Dohaney
Danielle Dohaney
First-year and international student advisor
Barn 120
call danielledohaney@bennington.edu call 802-753-2494