Best of the Best

The work of our faculty is among the best creative work being published today. But don’t take our word for it. Each year, prestigious anthologies such as the The Best American series, The Pushcart Prize collection, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories compile the finest fiction, non-fiction, and poetry published from the previous year. Rare is the year when the Writing Seminars faculty isn’t represented in their pages. How rare, you ask? Take a tally in the following slideshow.

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Top of the List

In its 2007 fiction issue, The Atlantic published a guide to the nation's best graduate programs in creative writing: The Bennington Writing Seminars was distinguished as one of the top five low-residency MFA programs.

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A Bennington Legacy

Seven Pulitzer Prize winners, three U.S. poet laureates, the youngest Man Booker Prize winner, a MacArthur “Genius,” countless New York Times bestsellers, and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people—this is Bennington’s literary legacy.

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2016–2017 Annual Fees and Sample Budget | MFA in Writing

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Annual charges

  • Tuition, including room and board for two ten-day residencies $19,900

Other indirect costs (used in calculating financial aid eligibility)

  • Books and supplies (estimated) $1,000
  • Transportation (U.S. citizens) (variable by state) $100–$1,000
  • Estimated federal loan fees $182

Other required college fees

  • Graduation residency charge (one-time charge) $765
  • Application fee (one-time charge) $70
  • Enrollment deposit (one-time charge; applied toward tuition for the first term) $500
  • International students SEVIS and visa fees (variable)
updated: 02/2016