Located on a beautiful residential campus in southern Vermont, Bennington College offers a distinctive, self-directed liberal arts education: the Plan Process.

Under the thoughtful guidance of faculty advisors, students devise a unique course of study integrating different areas of the curriculum around central ideas or questions.

The Plan Process is characterized by cross-disciplinary learning, close working relationships between students and teachers, and connection to the world through the Field Work Term, a winter internship program that all students undertake each year.

Our collaborative community is closely-knit and diverse: 1 in every 8 students is international.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Bennington, Vermont
  • Campus setting: Rural
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 56%
  • Test optional?: Yes
  • Common Application accepted?: Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Anthropology; Archaeology; Architecture; Area Studies; Art History; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Dance; Design; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Genetics; Geography; Geology; History; Humanities; International Relations; Journalism; Labour/Industrial Relations; Languages; Liberal Arts; Linguistics; Literature; Mathematics; Medical Sciences; Music; Neuroscience; Nutrition; Oceanography; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health; Public Policy; Public Relations/Affairs; Sociology; Theology/Religion; Urban Studies
  • Full list of majors available: http://www.bennington.edu/Academics/AreasStudy


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid, Merit/talent based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $62,000

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