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Bennington Recognized for Thought-Provoking Application Questions

Nov 22, 2010
Bennington received a few nods from the media last week for the refreshingly un-common essay questions included on its supplemental application. 

The Huffington Post included Bennington in its list of "colleges and universities that have risen to the challenge [of coming up with more creative ways of assessing applicants] by supplementing traditional admission essay prompts with questions that are quirky, thought-provoking and surprisingly fun."

The Post cited Bennington's second essay option in particular, which asks applicants to design an experiment that attempts to determine whether or not toads can hear. The other options are to design an academic course, or respond to a poem by Pulitzer Prize winner and former faculty member Mary Oliver.

The Burlington Free Press, which also caught wind of Bennington's supplemental questions, asked Bennington Dean of Admissions Ken Himmelman about the rationale behind them. The idea, Dean Himmelman explained, is to encourage applicants "to think slightly differently," and to express themselves in more creative ways.

For more information on applying to Bennington, or to download the Bennington Supplement, click here.