Bennington College has been a proven leader among liberal-arts colleges since its founding in 1932. Competitive across all metrics, Bennington is focused on creating a student-led education that enables personal fulfillment, societal impact, and long-term adaptability. If you would like to see more in-depth data, please visit the Institutional Research Commonly Requested Data page.
All figures as of January 2022, unless otherwise noted.
Total undergraduates: 771
% female: 61%
% US students of color: 20%
% international: 18%
# countries represented: 54 (including the US)
% out of state: 94% (among domestic students)
Top 5 states represented: NY, MA, CA, VT, ME
Total applicants: 1726
% admitted: 67%
% enrolled of admits: 22%
Undergraduate Financial Aid
Fall 2021 undergrad cohort
% with need-based aid: 65%
Average institutional award: $43,323
% of graduates (2021) with debt: 69%
Average debt at graduation: $25,047 (private college average = $32,300)
3-year cohort default rate: 2%
National average 3-year cohort default rate as of September 2021: 7.3%
Our graduates land on their feet financially
A low default rate (2% compared to 7.3% nationally) shows that our graduates are able to manage their financial obligations. Students’ experiences with field work term and self-directed learning prepare them for independence and financial responsibility.
About 24% of our student body is Pell-eligible.
About 11% of our students also receive the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, which serves students of significant need (at or below poverty level).
Bennington graduates' average debt is $25,047, which is significantly lower than the national average of $37,113 (source).
Top Areas of Study
class of 2021
Visual Arts: 35%
Field Work Term (2021)
FWT positions secured: 572
% non-profit: 60%
% paid/stipend: 39%
% positions listed through career services database: 58%
Total positions advertised through FWT Office: 249
Geographic distribution: 27 countries and 34 states + Washington D.C.
Top 5 cities: Bennington area (25%), New York City (13%), Los Angeles area (3%), SF Bay Area (2%), Boston Area (1%)
Top 5 industries: performing and fine arts, nonprofit/public service, journalism media & publishing, STEM, movies TV music
Total FWT grants, fellowships, and stipends awarded: $238,400
# grants awarded: 280
Average FWT Fellowship Grant Award: $2,371
Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
% core (multi-year contracts): 59%
Retention and Graduation
First-year retention (F19 cohort): 84%
6-year graduation rate (F14 cohort): 68%
Outcomes: Classes of 2016-2020
Results are based on data for the June graduating classes of 2016-2020, with a knowledge rate of at least 70% per year. Knowledge rate is based on results from survey data collected within 6-9 months post graduation, with supplemental data independently verified from LinkedIn and Clearinghouse sources.
93% of Bennington graduates 6 months out are employed, enrolled in service programs, or in grad school. (Graduating class data, 5 year average, 2016-2020.)
76% of Bennington graduates 6 months out are in a field related to their studies. (June 2020 graduating class data.)
59% of Bennington graduates 6 months out say their work is engaging, compared to 39% nationally. (June 2020 graduating class data.)
Top 5 Industries for First Job Out of College:
- Performing and Visual Arts
- Public Service
Average Starting Salary 6 Months Out: $45,000 across industries, $95,000 science and math
Total charges (2021-2022 tuition, fees, room, board): $79,168
Operating budget: $52,074,000
Portion of operations supported by fundraising: 1/3
Fundraising: FY21 $29.6 million
Endowment: FY21 $67.2 million
Campus: 440 acres