learning by doing

A primary difference between Bennington and high school is that instead
of just talking about big ideas, crazy ideas—you get to actually do them.

— Glen Heinrich-Wallace '09


Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College Classes, and Other Advanced Coursework

First-year entrants to Bennington may submit college transcripts and scores from AP tests, IB higher-level exams, A-level exams, and French baccalaureate exams to be evaluated for credit. College courses used to fulfill high school graduation requirements (including through Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment programs) are not eligible for transfer. Up to 12 total credits may be transferred by the Dean’s Office after the Plan Proposal meeting in the student’s third term. For more details, read our Credit Transfer Policy.

Early Entrance/Early College

We regularly review early entrance applications from qualified students who are prepared for college before they have graduated from high school. We pay particular attention to your academic record, essays, recommendations, and interviews as a way to evaluate your capacity to begin college early. You will follow the same application process and deadlines as our traditional applicants; however, if you plan to apply for financial aid you will be required to submit a GED (the SAT, ACT, or federally approved “ability to benefit” tests do not satisfy this requirement).

If you are admitted and enroll, you may request a high school diploma from your high school after successfully completing your first year at Bennington.