Transfer Students

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At Bennington you will design your own course of study and integrate your learning into your work outside the classroom. If you're looking to transfer, our community of creators, makers, innovators, researchers and leaders is the right place for you. We know you want something different, and we know how to deliver it. 
Our educational model is different from other colleges and universities. You will choose your own path among 48 exciting areas of study, working on the questions that matter most to you with faculty who are professionals in their fields—writers, scientists, performers, activists, artists, scholars—who will mentor and advise you in close collaboration. To put it all together, each winter between semesters you will spend six weeks pursuing an internship, work, performance, or scholarly research individually suited to your interests.
You are welcome at Bennington. Come join our community of makers and doers.

Although I was admitted to Bennington [for freshman entry], I chose to enroll at [another school] because its new program promised a strong focus on classical acting...I now regret this decision, and reapplied to Bennington to complete a more academically diversified and fulfilling college experience...I have missed the atmosphere of collaboration and the unabashed joy in learning for its own sake that I had hoped to find in my college experience. —A transfer student, class of 2022


Fall Transfer Priority Deadline – March 15

Preferred filing date; decisions are released on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted until mid-July. Please note that applicants who apply by May will have the most options when choosing fall courses. 

Spring Transfer – November 1

You will receive a decision notification by November 30. 

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  • Our transfer population makes up 10% of the total student body and comes to us from a variety of institutions, including: other Liberal Arts Colleges (39%), Community Colleges (27%), State Universities (24%), Conservatories (6%), and the Ivy League (3%).
  • 30% are students of color and/or international students
  • 90% are eligible for and receive Financial Aid
  • 100% are guaranteed On-Campus Housing

Questions? Contact us!

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Carter Strong
Assistant Director of Admissions, Domestic Transfer Counselor

Schedule an Interview

call call 802-440-4617
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Maeve Bustell '19.5 (transfer '17)
Admissions Counselor

Schedule an Interview

call call 802-375-4445
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Benjamin Lee '18
Admissions Counselor, International Transfer Students

Schedule an Interview

call call 802-440-4329
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Xiomara Giordano
Academic Services: Transfer Student Support
call call 802-753-2490
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Katy Evans
Academic Services: Accommodations
call call 802-440-4503
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Rage Hezekiah
Academic Services: International Student Support
call call 802-753-2494
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