Outsized Impact

Donna Tartt Odili Donald Odita Judith Butler

Bennington students graduate with a capacity to get it done, to put themselves out there, to find a novel solution. They are able to thrive in a world without givens. They can start from a blank page, and end up with a finished project. They know how to find mentors and use collaborators.

The proof is in the outsized impact our alumni have on the world’s stage. Two winners of the Pulitzer Prize in literature—in a single year. Four MacArthur Geniuses. Too many Emmy and Obie and Bessie winners to count. The first U.N. Independent Expert on Minority Issues. The youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize. Heads of America’s most influential cultural institutions. A National Institute of Mental Health “Innovative New Scientist.” A member of the NASA–prize winning team that designed a habitat for Mars exploration.

Just to name a few.

Helen Frankenthaler Max Nanis August de los Reyes

Notables and Influencers

Bennington alumni have been on the forefront of important innovations in many fields and have shaped our ways of looking at the world.

30 Under 30

Bennington graduates are notably confident in their capacity to engage and succeed in the world because, at Bennington, learning and making are inseparable.

Outcomes

When learning is in the doing, measures of achievement can be more nuanced and dimensional than a transcript of grades earned or credits accumulated. 

Bennington taught me to live an audacious life. Judith Jones '45