Alumni & Families

Imagination, daring, and impossibly high ambition—these are the qualities that connect each successive generation of alumni.

The strength of our community emerges from our connection to one another, our connection to the College whether we are on campus or off. Bennington is more than the students, faculty, and staff that punctuate campus, it is fueled and energized by more than 13,000 Bennington alumni and 8,500 families. For Bennington to remain as vital as it is today, we need alumni and family engagement, support, and continued connection to each other and the world.

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During Bennington's All-Class Reunion and Family Weekend, hundreds of family, friends, and alumni returned to Bennington's campus and experienced what it is to be at Bennington. What they found is that there is nothing quite like it. This is a little window into what that felt like.


The spirit of collaboration informs Bennington’s student experiences and that principle extends to our alumni with the launch of the Bennington Alumni Cooperative.


Philanthropy enriches every aspect of Bennington, supporting priorities ranging from providing scholarship assistance, faculty support, and campus renewal, among many  other vital needs.


The office of alumni relations maintains several channels that celebrate Bennington’s history, that enable you to connect with each other, and that highlight alumni achievements and events. We hope you’ll join the conversation.

The Magazine  

Bennington is published twice a year and mailed to alumni, families and friends of the College. In between summer and winter issues, you may find new stories and breaking news on the new online magazine.


Alumni and parent volunteers provide dynamic support for the College. There are many ways to volunteer for Bennington and range from short- and long-term service to sharing of talents and time.

For Families

We welcome family engagement with the College from volunteering, to hosting an intern or student in your home over FWT, and, of course, connection to your child.

Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award

The Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award recognizes a living distinguished Bennington alumna/alumnus, faculty or staff member, or an individual from the larger Bennington College community whose innovative and inspirational leadership is advancing civic and cultural life and improving the lives of others.

Learn more and submit a nomination for the 2018 award.