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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Huffington Post Non-traditional Colleges

Bennington was named one of the “top 12 non-traditional colleges” by The Huffington Post. “Scattered across the country are colleges where an actual education is paramount, and obtaining that education is often a rigorous and inventive process.”

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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: 8/1
  • Average class size: 13

Total Enrollment: 755

  • Undergraduate: 660
  • Graduate: 95

Annual Tuition, Room, Board,  and Required Fees


  • Tuition: $46,048
  • Room: $7,328
  • Board: $6,324
  • Required fees: $610
  • Sample budget


  • MFA Performing Arts: $22,450 | annual tuition
  • MFA in Writing (low-residency): $19,540 | annual tuition, room, and board for two ten-day residencies
  • MA in Teaching a Second Language: $13,465 (first-year students), $15,375 (second-year students) | annual tuition, room, and board
  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate: $29,900 ($9,967 for fall, spring, and summer terms) | annual tuition

Field Work Term (FWT)

  • Number of weeks of FWT each year: 7
  • Number of cities in which students worked during FWT 2014: 233
  • Number of states in which students worked during FWT 2014: 45
  • Number of countries in which students worked during FWT 2014: 35
  • Number of continents in which students worked during FWT 2014: 6
  • Number of positions at 462 companies during FWT 2014: 551
  • Number of hours worked during FWT 2014: 109,983
  • 2014 graduates to complete one or more internships: 100%

Degrees Conferred and Certificates of Completion Awarded

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature (low-residency)
  • Master of Arts in French
  • Master of Arts in Spanish
  • Master of Arts in Teaching a Second Language (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

Codes for Applicants

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