Advising at Bennington College


The faculty serve as mentors and models for your own practice.

At Bennington, you work closely with your faculty to design the content, structure, and sequence of your study and practice—your Plan. Through one-on-one sessions with your faculty advisor, group advising in First Year Forum, and structured meetings with your faculty Plan committee, your teachers serve as both mentors and guides. They help you discover how your intellectual interests and professional ambitions might shape an education of depth, breadth, and rigor. They guide your progress to ensure that your Plan is challenging, academically sound, and significant.

In addition, Bennington has a cadre of staff counselors with expertise in international student services, Field Work Term and career counseling, co-curricular experiences, study abroad, grants and fellowships, and accommodations and support. They work in concert with faculty advisors to help you develop the habits of mind that contribute to success in your Plan and Field Work Terms, and provide structured opportunities to reflect upon and synthesize the various aspects of your Bennington education.

Faculty Advisor

All students are assigned a faculty advisor, who provides ongoing guidance and oversees the unfolding of your Plan.

Plan Committee

Your faculty advisor leads your Plan committee, a group of faculty whose expertise and practice relate to and inform your studies and work.

Plan Requirements

You meet with your Plan committee at key moments for guidance, rigorous evaluation, and ongoing advisement and adaptions.

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