All Things Academic

Curriculum and Registration

The up-to-date Fall Curriculum is available online. Be sure to check out the updates section, where we have added new courses in Animation, Drama, and Literature.

You should also review your course schedule for the Fall term in Populi. Log in using your Bennington username and password. Click on "My Profile," then proceed to your “Student” tab and select “Export Schedule.” Make sure the courses listed are those you intend to take.

Room assignments will be added to course schedules closer to the start of the term, so please download your schedule just prior to the first day of classes on Tuesday, September 1. If you are looking for the location of a course that is not on your schedule, you can search for the course using the Populi search function; classroom information is displayed on the course "Info" tab.

For those of you who wish to add or drop classes, information about add/drop will be shared via email by the Registrar’s Office prior to the start of the term. You will be able to add and drop courses through Tuesday, September 8 —this is also the last day you may request a letter grade for one or more of your first seven-week courses. You will be able to request letter grades for second seven-week courses once those courses begin the week of October 20.

Finally, keep an eye out for pop-up courses, which we will be offering again this term. Please see the first Academic Minute for more information on pop-ups and the proposal process.

Classroom Experience

Students must wear a cloth face covering and maintain a minimum of 6 feet physical distance from other people while in the classroom. Classrooms may require assigned seating in order to maintain appropriate distancing between students.

Some faculty members will be teaching remotely to students who are attending remotely; some faculty will be teaching remotely to students who are attending in-person classes; and some faculty members will be teaching in-person to students who are attending in-person classes. Information regarding which faculty members are teaching in which format is available in Populi.  

Students should be prepared that several campus rooms that do not usually serve as classroom spaces may be used for classrooms during the term. 

Studio Space & Practice Rooms

These spaces will be available for use during the term, but because of safety concerns, unlimited access will not be possible. Cleaning schedules and related safety concerns will need to be considered when planning usage. Students should be prepared to utilize a sign-up mechanism to reserve spaces and may need to be flexible regarding use. 

Additional Announcements and Resources

Faculty Comings and Goings: Fall 2020

New and Returning Visiting Faculty

Check out the bios of the new and visiting faculty for spring. Be sure to also take a peek at the bios of the teaching fellows for the Dance and Public Action MFA programs.

Returning from Sabbatical or Leave 

Barbara Alfano, Barry Bartlett, Kitty Brazelton, Elena Demyanenko, Kirk Jackson, Chip Schoonmaker, Eileen Scully, Kerry Woods.

Going on Sabbatical or Leave 

Nick Brooke, Andrew Cencini, Sherry Kramer, Katie Montovan, Carol Pal, Rotimi Suberu, Debbie Warnock, Phillip Williams, Michael Wimberly. Mary Lum will be on a Non-Teaching Term leave but will continue to advise students.

Faculty Comings and Goings: Spring 2021

Bruce Williamson will be retiring at the end of June.

Going on Sabbatical or Leave 

Nick Brooke, Andrew Cencini, Sherry Kramer, Katie Montovan, Ann Pibal, Debbie Warnock, Phillip Williams, Ikuko Yoshida.

Course Materials and Bookstore

Course material information has been compiled for the upcoming term so that you can order any necessary books or textbooks before returning to campus. This information is available in the student portal Populi and can be accessed as follows:

  • Log in to the student portal
  • On your Home screen, pull up your list of courses, and click on the course for which you'd like to view course materials
  • Click the Info tab underneath the course title. Any required or optional books will be listed on the right hand side of the page
  • Click on the book title to obtain more information; most books will have a direct link to Amazon, though you may purchase the title from whatever vendor you choose. Just be sure to get the proper volume or edition, using the ISBN when available
  • Required supplies are also listed. All course supplies will be in stock and available for purchase in the on-campus bookstore at the beginning of term

We encourage you to order your books well before the term begins, prior to your arrival on campus. Although a limited amount of books will be available for each class in the on-campus bookstore, these are primarily intended to facilitate the add/drop process. Course supplies will be in stock and available throughout the term in the Bookstore.

All Bookstore items are available for purchase via the online store. Orders marked for on-campus pick up will be packaged and available for pick up at the Bookstore.

A limited supply of course texts may also be found in Crossett Library. Donations from previous classes have enlarged the collection, which can be found on the bottom floor of Crossett, back wall directly across from the stairwell. Course books are available for term long checkout, and the list can be viewed at Crossett Course Books.

If you have any questions about materials for your courses, please direct them to the faculty teaching those courses.

Crossett Library

During the arrival and quarantine period the library collection will be available to students through pick up service only. Once the quarantine period ends the library will open with occupancy limits. Research appointments with librarians will be available both in-person and remotely. If there are positive cases on campus during the term it is possible that the library will return to a pick-up only service. 

All returned and newly ordered items will be held in isolation for three days, based on the following research, before returning into circulation. There will not be physical items on reserve for the fall 2020 term. The library staff is working with the faculty to assist transitioning reserve material online. Interlibrary loan services will be limited to articles. 

Grants and Fellowships

  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program: The campus deadline for applications is Monday, September 7, 9:00 am. 
  • Study abroad funding: Students seeking funding for study abroad in the Spring 2020 term, should begin researching scholarship options right away. Gilman Scholarship applications are due by Tuesday, October 6.
  • Students interested in any of these awards should see Noelle Murphy, Assistant Dean for Academic Services, for support in developing their applications.

Writing Tutors

Peer Writing Tutors

The Peer Writing Tutors will begin holding writing consultations on Sunday, September 6. The Tutors are available at various times Sundays-Fridays for 30-minute sessions. Book a consultation to work on writing or on a project at any stage. We can help in many ways: to get started; to do strong research and cite your sources properly; to work on grammar and style; to create a thesis statement; to improve the essay’s structure; or to learn to edit your own writing. If you have any questions, please write to Camille Guthrie, Director of the Undergraduate Writing Initiatives or Jared Della Rocca, Director of Library Services.

Study Abroad

Students Planning to Study Away 

If you are thinking about studying away for the Spring 2020 term, please email Xiomara Giordano to schedule a time to discuss the application process and funding options. 

Students Returning from Study Away

We want to hear about your study away experience! Please email Xiomara Giordano for an individual appointment. Also, please share photos so we can post them on our Flickr page or contribute your musical inspiration to the Bennington College Study Away Spotify. 

Official transcripts were due on Saturday, August 1. If you are uncertain about the status of your transcript and transfer credit, please contact Carly Rudzinski. Given that some staff will be working remotely, electronic transcripts are preferred and should be sent directly to by the study away program provider or through a secure service (e.g. the National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.). We will also accept paper transcripts; these should be mailed to the Registrar’s Office in Barn 123.

Students Studying Away in Fall 2020

Once you have settled in and registered for classes, please share your emergency contact information. Please also send your course registration to Xiomara Giordano and your faculty advisor. Please continue to check your Bennington email address for updates from the College and remain in contact with your faculty advisor.

Auditions & Placement Tests

Information about auditions and placement tests will be shared closer to the start of the term.

Once the term begins, look for more updates and information in the Provost and Dean’s Office Academic Minute.