First Year Experience

First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience is a combination of one-on-one support and group programming to assist first-year students in their transition to the College. First-year counselors work in concert with faculty advisors to help students develop the habits of mind that contribute to success at Bennington.

The Office of the First-Year Experience is open for remote and in-person meetings. Please call 802-753-2401 or send an email to schedule appointments. 


  • During term: M–F 9:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Summer/FWT: M–F 8:30 am–4:00 pm


  • Barn North 113



Getting ready for Bennington starts before you arrive on campus. In May, we invite incoming students to visit our welcome pages for information about arrival and orientation.

How do I ...?

Our student portal is a great place to look for answers to all kinds of questions—and to find out information you hadn't thought of asking yet.

Be in Touch

Stop by the FYE offices in Barn 113 with your questions, or just to say hello! You can also drop us a line by email at any time.

First-Year Counseling

Each entering first-year student is assigned to a faculty advisor and also has access to a first-year counselor in Academic Services. The first-year counselor can provide support to accepted students and their families as they prepare for their arrival at Bennington College and throughout their first year on campus.

Through a series of individual meetings, skill building workshops, academic and social programming, and a weekly newsletter, we aim to connect first-year students with the people, programs, and resources available at Bennington.

First-year counselors work collaboratively with faculty advisors to assist new students as they acquire an emerging understanding of the capacities of a Bennington education, the Plan Process, the student/faculty advising relationship, work/life balance, what it means to engage inclusively with community members and the world at large, and campus resources.

At the conclusion of the first year, students are ready to move on to their second year and beyond, where they will continue to build their understanding of the many resources and opportunities available to them at Bennington.

International Students

The Academic Services office also provides services specifically designed for International Students. Find out more information about applying to and attending Bennington as an International Student. 

Information for First-Year Parents & Families

Welcome to Bennington! We hope that you will use the parent’s page to learn more about your student’s college experience.

Who We Are

Kate Child
Kate Child
Assistant Dean for Academic Services
Barn North 113C
call call 802-753-2491
Rage Hezekiah
Rage Hezekiah
Assistant Director of Academic and International Student Services
Barn North 113A
call call 802-753-2494