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Students may request letter grades (A,B,C,D,F) for any and all courses they take. In addition to the optional grades, all students receive written narrative evaluations at the end of the fall and spring terms for each course they have taken. Faculty summarize the student’s progress, appraise his/her work, and often make suggestions for further development. A narrative evaluation is issued whether or not the student elects to receive a letter grade.

All students are encouraged to consider requesting grades for at least two years (or 64 credits) of their study at Bennington so that a GPA might be produced upon graduation, particularly if the student thinks s/he might study abroad, apply for certain scholarships, or apply to graduate school. All international students should request grades.

All requests for letter grades must be submitted within the first two weeks of the term.