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Guidelines for Pre-Registration
One of the most important things to remember as you envision your schedule for the coming term is that you have several years to take classes. For your first term at Bennington, you should explore as widely as possible. Develop your passions, certainly, but open yourself to discovering others. Your goal is to build a schedule that incorporates a variety of subjects (e.g. music, biology, literature, visual arts) and approaches (performance, labs, reading, writing, studio work).
Some Specific Information
A regular full-time course load is 16 credits. All incoming students can sign up for no more than 18 credits in the first term. In future terms, you will be able to take additional classes at no charge, but we insist that most new students take no more than 18 credits. Transfer students may be able to take more credits. Although this will seem like a light schedule at first, once you realize the amount and level of work required, you will understand why we impose this limit and why most students in later terms hold to it. Can you take fewer credits? On occasion (and with written permission from the Provost and Dean's Office) students can take as few as 12 credits in a particular term. Credits not taken in any given term will need to be earned in future terms.
New students are typically limited to courses numbered in the 2000s (so called "2000-level courses"), which are courses that have no specific prerequisites. In future terms, you'll be able to enroll in "4000-level courses," which are courses that require some sort of prior experience/coursework, or permission of instructor. Transfer students may be able to take both 2000- and 4000-level courses in their first term.
We ask students to consider a wide range of classes because we know that not everyone will get into their first choices, so flexibility will be necessary as you begin to arrange your program. Every year we hear students say, “I ended up taking science, history, music, or whatever class because the one I really wanted was full. And it couldn’t have worked out better—I just didn’t know it at the time.” We swear it’s true.
If you would like to discuss your registration with staff in Academic Services, please call 802-440-4400 to schedule an appointment. If you are a transfer student, Director of Study Abroad and Associate Director of Academic Services Kendra Ericson will contact you to schedule a phone appointment, since your registration needs are different from those those of entering first-year students.