Each academic year, students participate in a seven-week, off-campus winter term called Field Work Term (FWT). During each of their four FWTs, students take their interests to the world beyond Bennington, where they pursue jobs and internships in areas that complement their studies. By the end of their time at Bennington, students graduate with a résumé as well as a diploma.
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A Bennington education—and Bennington College itself—holds several principles in creative tension: freedom and responsibility; reflection and action; individuality and community; independence and collaboration; rigor and expression; excellence, resilience, and an impulse toward meaning and truth. These elements are the constants at an institution that seeks, through ongoing inquiry, to sustain and exercise a capacity for renewal.