Orientation and Arrival Information

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Bennington College is working with the Vermont State Health Department to determine best practices for arrival and orientation. Once we receive their guidance on re-opening colleges in the fall, we will update incoming students with more specific information.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is equal parts landing pad and launch pad. It offers time to get to know the people and resources on campus and opportunities to dive into the intellectual and imaginative work that will propel your experience forward. Together with your classmates and housemates, and your First-Year Forum (FYF) faculty advisor and co-leader, you will begin to shape a vibrant and supportive intellectual community.

Arrival Information

Please note that there is a lot to do to prepare for a new academic year. Students who arrive before the designated arrival days will be responsible for finding their own accommodations off campus. There will be no exceptions to this policy. In the coming months, we will provide you more specific information about when our campus will be ready to welcome you!

  • Arrival for New International Students | Tuesday, August 24 or Wednesday, August 25
  • New International Student Orientation (first-years and transfers) | Thursday, August 26
  • Check-in for New Students (first-years and transfers) | Friday, August 27, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
  • New Student Orientation | Begins Friday, August 27, 1:00 pm

Getting to Campus/Transportation

If you will arrive by plane, train, or bus into Albany, New York, and wish to reserve transportation to the Bennington campus, please submit the Transportation Reservation form by August 1 or at your earliest convenience. The shuttle runs on the following dates:

Shuttle Fee: The following fees include up to two bags; $10 for each additional bag. Before August 1, $35 per person; after August 1, $45 per person. Your shuttle-fee payment is due with your reservation—checks can be mailed to the Office of Student Life, Attn: Shuttle Reservations.

Questions? Ask Us

  • Arrival and new student orientation | Office of Student Life, 802-440-4330 studentlife@bennington.edu
  • International Student arrival and orientation | International Student Services, 802-753-2491 iss@bennington.edu
  • Hours | 8:30 am-4:00 pm

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