One of the best ways to learn about Bennington is to visit.
I spent a weekend in Bennington, Vermont, recently as my son is now a freshman at Bennington College. I expected it to be charming but it exceeded my expectations. Josiah Citrin, chef and owner of two-Michelin-star Mélisse in Venice, California "Where to Eat, Drink and Stay in Bennington, VT, According to Chef Josiah Citrin"
A Top-Rated Campus
Bennington College is rated in the top 10 by The Princeton Review in these categories:
- Best college dorms
- Best classroom experience
- Most beautiful campus
- Best college theater
Bennington is also ranked one of the Top 10 Colleges with Best Architecture by Architectural Digest.
When you visit, you’ll meet and talk with students. You’ll get a personalized, student-led tour of the campus. And if you visit during fall or spring term, you’ll get to sit in on a class that interests you.
Use our online calendar to select a day to visit and begin planning your day.
Exploring the Area
Located in one of the Northeast's most renowned cultural corridors, Bennington offers the best of both worlds: top-class cultural offerings amidst stunning natural surroundings.
The College borders New York’s capital district and the culture-rich Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. MASS MoCA, The Clark Art Institute, and Williams College are a short drive south, and just to the north, Manchester, Vermont, offers shopping opportunities and outdoor adventure along with restaurants and inns.
Bennington's campus features world-renowned architecture, award-winning student housing, and 360-degree views.
Shops and restaurants line the main street of Bennington, a classic New England town nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.
Mass MOCA, the Clark Institute, Williams College, and many other cultural offerings are in the nearby Berkshires.
The Brown Cow is a favorite place in town for coffee or breakfast.
Abundant hiking opportunities and spectacular views are available in all directions.
Nearby Manchester, Vermont, is a treasure trove of outlet stores and unique independent shops.
World famous skiing is nearby on Bromley Mountain, Stratton, and many other slopes.
The hamlet of North Bennington is right next to campus and has a lovely pond, charming general store, and fine dining.