Opening and Arrival Info

New Faces

A new group of 244 students will join us on campus this fall. Together first-year and transfers represent 30 states and 26 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kosovo, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, Vietnam and the United States. We look forward to welcoming them warmly to Bennington.

Arriving on Campus/Opening of School

Students may move into their assigned room and house, beginning at noon on Sunday, September 3. Students arriving before then will not be permitted on campus, and must find alternate overnight accommodations. Students arriving to campus the morning of Sunday, September 3 can wait in the Student Center for houses to open. Arriving early places a burden on staff preparing houses for student arrivals, and as such is considered a violation of our policies. We thank you in advance for planning your arrival to adhere to this schedule.

Key and New ID Pick-Up

  • All keys for returning undergraduates will be available to pick up from the Office of Student Life (Barn 113) on Sunday, September 3 from noon-11:00 pm; Monday, September 4 from 9:00 am-8:00 pm; and Tuesday, September 5 from 9:00 am-8:00 pm. Students arriving after Tuesday, September 5 should be in touch with the Student Life office regarding their late arrival plans.  
  • The Bennington Card printing system is located in Information Technology (Dickinson 225). If you have lost your Bennington Card over the break, you will need to request a new ID by emailing HelpDesk as soon as possible. Replacement and new ID cards can be picked up in IT on Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Please be sure to check that  your account has been paid accordingly (you can check your account online in the student portal, Populi). Please contact Michelle Rollins (802-440-4353; on campus x4353) for information or if you have account questions.

Beginning-of-Term Schedule

In addition to what is listed below, please check out the academic calendar and the event calendar for information about the upcoming year.

Please note: Convocation will take place on the morning of Tuesday, September 5, followed by a community lunch. Classes will begin at 2:10 pm that same day.


Saturday, September 2

  • 10:00 am–1 pm | Package pick up open in Buildings & Grounds

Sunday, September 3

  • 11:00 am–noon | Brunch, new Dining Hall in the Student Center
  • 11:00 am–4 pm | Bookstore Open 
  • Noon | Houses open for returning students
  • Noon–4 pm | Package pick up open in Buildings & Grounds
  • 5:30 pm | Dinner, new Dining Hall in the Student Center
  • 7:30 pm | Faculty Works, Martha Hill Dance Theater
  • 10:00 pm | Open Mic Night, DownCaf

Monday, September 4

  • Labor Day | Some administrative offices close
  • 9:00 am–5 pm | Bookstore Open
  • 10:00 am–1 pm | Package pick up open in Buildings & Grounds
  • 12:30 pm | Open House, Student Health Center (SHC)
  • 4:00-5:00 pm | Language placements, CAPA
  • 4:00-6:00 pm | Vocal placement auditions
  • 8:00 pm | Student Works, various locations

Tuesday, September 5

  • 9:00-10:45 am | Advising and registration, faculty offices
  • 11:00 am- noon | Convocation, Greenwall
  • Noon | Community Lunch, TBD
  • 1:00-3:00pm | Instrumental placement auditions for cello
  • 2:10 pm | Classes begin
  • 6:00-7:00pm | Instrumental placement auditions for piano
  • 7:00-8:00pm | Instrumental placement auditions for saxophone, clarinet, jazz piano or ensemble

Wednesday, September 6

  • Instrumental placement auditions for bass and guitar, as scheduled with instructors

Thursday, September 7 

  • Instrumental placement auditions for violin and viola, as scheduled with instructor
  • 7:00 pm | Dance and Drama auditions

Friday, September 8 

  • 7:00 pm | Drama auditions
  • 8:00 pm | PAC Presents: Bennington Block Party, Commons lawn (rain location: To Be Determined)

Sunday, September 10 

  • 10:00 pm | Coffee Hour, house living room

Thursday, September 14

  • 5:30 pm | Beyond the Classroom: Student Engagement Through Clubs and Organizations, Commons lawn

Friday, September 15

  • End of add registration period

Wednesday, September 20

  • End of drop registration period; last day to request letter grades

Friday, September 29

  • FWT proposals due to FWT Office.

New on Campus

Campus Renovations

When you return to campus this fall, you’ll discover some exciting new developments on campus. The renovation of Commons has begun, and there have been significant changes to other facilities on campus as well. Here is an overview of the changes you’ll find.

Dining. Throughout the renovation of Commons, all dining services will be located in the Student Center. To accommodate this change, the Student Center has been significantly expanded. Visit the dining services page for hours and menus.

Student Health. The all-new Student Health Center will be open for the start of fall term. This is housed in a fully renovated building located adjacent to the Word & Image Lab, and will house all Health and Psychological services, along with Student Life’s Office of Health Promotion.

Mail. The Post Office is now located in the EAC (use the west entrance, closest to Crossett Library). The open mail slots (re-purposed from Commons) will be located along the western corridor of the Barn (7:00 am - midnight); pickup notices will be distributed to these boxes when mail has been received. Large packages will be distributed out of Buildings & Grounds.

ATM.  The ATM will be located in the north corridor of the Barn and available 7:00 am - midnight.

Laundry. Each of the Colonial Houses is now equipped with its own laundry facilities.

Computer Lab.  The computers that were located in Down Commons are now located in the EAC for student use 24 hours a day and 7 days a week (24/7).

Paran Creek Apartments.  The College is now offering a new off-campus residential facility in North Bennington. The apartments are in a newly renovated historic mill that spans the river, and are connected to campus by a walking/cycling path from the soccer field. The path is currently under construction and we anticipate its opening in September (see New Shuttle below).  Each apartment offers a full kitchen, a large living room, two private bathrooms, and houses 3–5 students. The building also has laundry facilities and a spacious common room with a pool table.

New Shuttle.  The college will provide a shuttle for students who reside in Paran Creek and North Bennington. The shuttle will make 4 complete loops daily with designated times and pick up and drop off locations Monday through Friday. This will be a static and designated route. The exact times are being finalized and will be focused around the academic schedule. The schedule will be distributed to all students living off campus before the start of classes.

Landscaping. In conjunction with the expansion of the Student Center, landscaping work and removal of trees has taken place in the area between Ohio Lot and the Student Center. Many of the trees, not original to the site, were found to be in decline. The College is regrading, replanting, and developing this area into an accessible and functional piece of the campus landscape, with a large area for use as the new campus tree nursery.

Commons. With the start of renovations, all sections of Commons are now closed. Offices and services that had formerly been in Commons are now located elsewhere on campus as described above. The full reopening of Commons will take place in early 2019.

Visit the Campus Renovations page and the Bennington Constructs blog for more information.  If you have any questions about what you see happening on campus, please email Kilpat Fellow Dane Whitman.


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