Forbes Ranks Bennington as One of America's Most Entrepreneurial Colleges

Forbes magazine ranks the country’s most entrepreneurial schools based on the entrepreneurial ratios—the total number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn, divided by the school’s student body.

Bennington ranks fourth, after Cooper Union, Middlebury, and Colorado College.

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The Best Colleges: Princeton Review

Bennington consistently appears in several of the “Top 20” lists published in the Princeton Review's annual Best Colleges guide. In recent rankings, here are a few of the notable categories where Bennington stands out.

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Brainiest Colleges


Unigo, a popular student-generated online college guide, ranked Bennington as the #6 Brainiest College in the nation.

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Princeton Review: Guide to Green Colleges

The Princeton Review recognized Bennington as one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges in its inaugural 2010 and 2011 Guide to Green Colleges.

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Architectural Digest

Bennington was named one of “ten college campuses with the best architecture” by Architectural Digest in 2011. “The open-minded students and teachers who occupy these 550 wooded acres at the foot of the Green Mountains interact in buildings by Robertson Ward, Pietro Belluschi, Carl Koch, Kyu Sung Woo, and Edward Larrabee Barnes. The latest addition to the campus is the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, three buildings constructed of local materials nestled into a sloping site designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.”

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  • Established in 1932
  • Became coed in 1969
  • President: Mariko Silver
  • Accreditation: New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
  • Student/faculty ratio: 10/1
  • Average class size: 11

Total Enrollment: 801

  • Undergraduate: 704
  • Graduate: 97

Annual Tuition, Room, Board,  and Required Fees


  • Tuition: $49,440
  • Room: $7,870
  • Board: $6,650
  • Required fees: $660
  • Sample budget


  • MFA in Dance: $25,000 | annual tuition
  • MFA in Music: $25,000 | annual tuition
  • MFA in Writing (low-residency): $19,900 | annual tuition, room, and board for two ten-day residencies
  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate of Completion: $30,600 ($10,200 for fall, spring, and summer terms) | annual tuition

Field Work Term (FWT)

  • Number of weeks of FWT each year: 7
  • Number of U.S. cities and towns in which students worked during FWT 2016: 169
  • Number of international cities and towns in which students worked during FWT 2016: 54
  • Number of states in which students worked during FWT 2016: 37
  • Number of countries in which students worked during FWT 2016: 37
  • Number of continents in which students worked during FWT 2016: 6
  • Number of positions at 460 companies during FWT 2016: 534
  • Number of hours worked during FWT 2016: 117,810
  • 2015 graduates to complete one or more internships: 100%

Codes for Applicants

  • SAT code: 3080
  • ACT code: 4296
  • GRE code: 3080
  • Common Application code: 3080
  • CSS/Profile code: 3080
  • FAFSA code: 003682
  • TOEFL code: 3080

Degrees Conferred and Certificates of Completion Awarded

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts in Dance
  • Master of Fine Arts in Music
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature (low-residency)
  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate of Completion in Premedical and Allied Health Sciences


  • Acres: 440
  • Acres of central campus: 10
  • Wooded acres: 300
  • Acres of tilled farmland: 5
  • Acres of wetland: 15
  • Species of trees on campus: 80
  • Bird species sighted on campus: 121


  • Total buildings: 60
  • Academic buildings: The Barn, Center for the Advancement of Public Action, Crossett Library, Deane Carriage Barn, Dickinson Science Building, Jennings Music Building, Stickney Observatory, Tishman Lecture Hall, Visual and Performing Arts Center, East Academic Center
  • Residential buildings: 21 student houses; 15 faculty/staff houses
  • Dining and recreation: Commons, The Student Center, The Upstairs/Downstairs Cafe
  • Sports and fitness: Meyer Recreation Barn (fitness center), soccer field, tennis and basketball courts, running and hiking trails

Miles From

  • New York City: 160
  • Boston: 150
  • Montreal: 210
  • Albany, New York: 40
  • Burlington, Vermont: 110
  • Hartford, Connecticut: 115
  • Portland, Maine: 180


Bennington College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

updated: 02/2016