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Fall 2016 Orientation Preview

August 26–29

Friday, August 26

  • Check-in at houses, 9:00 am–1:00 pm | New students and families will arrive on campus to check in and pick up Orientation materials, room key, Bennington Card, and other important information about the College. Optional student-led campus tours will be provided throughout the day.
  • Lunch, noon–1:30 pm
  • Parent program, 2:00–4:00 pm
  • Meet your orientation group leader, 2:00–4:00 pm | While the parent program is taking place, students will be getting to know their orientation leaders and other new incoming students for lawn games, campus tours, and an initial Q&A.
  • Parent Send-off, 4:00 pm | President Mariko Silver will officially welcome new students and families to the Bennington community, followed by time for families and students to say goodbye. Families typically do not remain on campus after this time, as students have a full day and evening of sessions and programs.

Saturday, August 27–Monday, August 29

  • A full schedule of faculty workshops, and student and faculty works performances, convocation, and much more—a complete schedule Orientation schedule will be available in your check-in packages and posted here near the end of August.

Tuesday, August 30

  • First day of classes | Classes begin at 8:00 am
  • Open hours with Academic Services Staff, 11:30 am–2:00 pm | Drop in for general settling-in and academic questions.