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Bennington College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1932
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 523
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $12,817,766
Admissions Address

1 College Drive
Bennington, VT 05201



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.5
Send application by: January 3
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Ken Himmelman
Admissions office telephone: (800) 833-6845
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 3
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.bennington.edu/admis_applying.asp Tuition deposit: $500 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: N/A
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 3
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A N/A
Foreign language N/A 2
Social studies N/A 3
History N/A 3
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A 18

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Required
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Neither SAT nor ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 3
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 3
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Considered
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Very important
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 66%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 34%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 68%
Total applicants: 798
Total acceptances: 525
Total freshman enrollment: 127
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 13%
Male applicants: 247
Male acceptances: 143
Male freshman enrollment: 39
Female applicants: 551
Female acceptances: 382
Female freshman enrollment: 88
Out-of-state freshmen: 97%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 15
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 15
Students enrolled from waiting list: 11

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 31%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 62%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 91%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 35%
Average high school GPA: 3.5
First-year students submitting GPA: 58%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 80%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 570 – 700
Math: 520 – 620
Combined: 1090 – 1320

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 29.4% 5.9%
600-699 41.2% 29.4%
500-599 22.6% 50.0%
400-499 6.9% 14.7%
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 23%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 25 – 29
Math: 21 – 27
Composite: 23 – 28

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 17.2% 24.1% 3.5%
24-29 58.6% 58.6% 55.2%
18-23 24.1% 17.2% 37.9%
12-17 N/A N/A 3.5%
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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