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Bennington is not for everyone, that's why it's been so good for those of us who knew what we wanted. Bennington gave me a sense of community that I have never found elsewhere - to this day, I value the friendships I established during my time in Vermont above others.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Bennington College.BrightUndecided
Bennington College. Where do I start? I absolutely can't stand being here and would love to transfer. Let me try and explain why. Unless you value an extremely isolated environment with the lamest town in the world around you, self-absorbed pretentious hippies, a very 'white' homogenous campus and a lack of a wide range of courses in one discipline.. Do not come to Bennington college. If you need to have a life instead of being imprisoned on a really dull, boring campu, do not come here! The bennington conception of a party is a really lameass band playing music that is absolutely undanceable while drunk women attempt to dance to it.

The strengths of this college lie in the small, seminar style classes and the amazing accessibility of the professors and most importantly the freedom to design your own major. The size ensures individual attention and a first name basis with administrators.

The problem lies in the fact that the school has huge financial problems, the lousiest facilities(if any to begin with) and is very random in the selection of courses available. The saddest example falls in the Social sciences where they only have one teacher for politics, one for anthropology and two for history. Economics? Sociology? World History? Keep dreaming. The present professors plan to leave and that does not leave much choice for social science students.

Bennington can drive a student into serious depression because students here are extremely cliquish white rich kids who think it is cool to look poor and most of them were misfits in high school which is fine except that abnormality becomes too conventional here and students aren't really open to other viewpoints. Students are fairly apathetic politically and it is fashionable for the predominantly female student body to be bisexual. There are barely any straight men here, so if you're a woman, count on having absolutely no sex life for 4 years.

Classes are either really challenging or for absolute morons who need to repeat high school again.. so its all a question of luck.

In short, very few types of people enjoy or stay in Bennington and you absolutely must visit so that you don't end up making the biggest mistake of your life.

1st Year Female -- Class 2005
Individual Value: A+, Social Life: F
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You either love or hate the school.BrightArt & Design Department
You either love or hate the school. It is not a Job Training style education. The classes at Bennington are mostly for the seeker. Not the lazy sit down and be fed type. You are strongly encouraged to seek out your interests, and the education you want out of Bennington. You are not totally on your own though. You do have faculty advisors and student advisors to offer advice and help. Also, once a semster you write a plan essay (describing your plan at the college) and meet with faculty to discuss it.

The campus is amazingly beautiful and the houses are very comfortable to live in. The administration has it's scandal though and there is always a bit of sketchiness in faculty departures and the non renewing of certain contracts. My guess is that happens a lot at other institutions only you do not here about it like you do here, because it is such a small campus. But, the administration is always willing to meet with and talk to students and they are always attentive to student demand even if they seem a bit off kilter. If you have a weird topic or intetrest and are willing to follow through ,and work hard to achieve your goal, the college is very willing to work with you. Everyone is incredibly friendly and as you move along through your time you begin to be on a first name basis with a lot of the campus. -sorry for ranting and I hope I was of some help to you.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2002
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Extracurricular Activities: C
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