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My experience at Bennington College was very positive.English
My experience at Bennington College was very positive. Unfortunately, in the early 1990s there was a purge and coup at Bennington. The current President engineered this coup, firing first-rate tenured faculty according to her whim, and hiring lesser faculty at lower salaries to teach the same courses, using the lie that they were "practitioners," ie, poets, painters, and dancers, rather than mere "teachers." In fact, Bennington has always had a fair share of practioners, many of whom were fired in the purge. Bennington had been censured by the AAUP, the APA, the MLA, the CAA, and every reputable professional organization. The real blame for this situation lies not in the President--who has held the office for some fifteen years, longer than Hitler was chancellor of Germany--but in the dishonest and dishonorable Trustees, who have empowered this sociopath and degraded a first-rate institution to a fourth-rate one. I recommend that all civilized people boycott this disgraced, shabby little college.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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As Bennington was before its present President arrived,English
As Bennington was before its present President arrived, and fired all the faculty with competence and brilliance... It was then where you could get one of the best academic educations - with a Bohemian flavor - in the country. It is nothing like it now. DO NOT GO TO BENNINGTON AS IT IS NOW - The Bennington that exists now is a pathetic parody of its former excellence. The current President - who has remained there for over 15 years, clear evidence that she is otherwise unemployable - arrived there, declared a fiscal crisis (true enough) and used the opportunity to get rid of every serious faculty member, or anyone who had crossed her - and retained a small group of timeservers and mediocrities. The college, once the source of one of the finest undergradate educations in this country, is now a fundamentally trivial place. Life is short - Do Not Attend This Wretched Place.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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I must say this college has changed aQuite BrightArt & Design Department
I must say this college has changed a lot since my freshman year. It has mellowed out a lot, and students seem to be more engrossed in their work than when I was a first-year. Socially, Bennington is really lacking, and I am so happy I have a group of friends that I have grown with these past 3 years. If I hadn't connected with anybody here, I would be miserable. The town sucks, so for people used to the city life, you will be in for a rude awakening, and I know a lot of people who have transfered because of it. No one is allowed to live off campus anymore, I do not like this at all. Of course you can live off campus, but you must pay the room and board fee anyway. Academically, you get what you put in. I've put in a lot, probably not as much as I could, but I have learned a lot about myself here. I've figured out what I am passionate about, and I enjoy my studies here. The faculty are great, not all of them, but you learn who it is you like and work best with, and you form relationships with them. Freshman year is the worst as far as classes go, registration blows, and typically classes that require no prerequisates are larger. I stuck it out, and now I have great classes, one of them only has 4 people in it! anway, enough is should consider your needs and think about it A LOT before coming here, you either end up loving it or hating it...or both.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2002
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