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Do not attend this ridiculous waste of timeQuite BrightAnthropology
Do not attend this ridiculous waste of time unless you have money to burn and aren't interested in using your college credits for anything else. My three years at Bennington are seared into my mind as some of the most terrifying and miserable of my life. The drug and alcohol abuse was surpassed only by the sheer unhelpfulness and at times, downright hostility, of the staff and many faculty members. I dropped out after my junior year because I simply couldn't bear the thought of going back. I had friends, so to speak, but no real friendships as nearly every activity revolved around getting wasted. Now, years later, I have 15 years as a small business owner and working professional under my belt but no formal degree. I'm currently applying to a (real) school and had my transcripts sent over. Despite the fact that I took many core subjects at Bennington, including math and science classes, and passed all of them, the number of credits my new school will accept is 3. You read that right: THREE credits. Hilariously, those three credits will fulfill my humanities elective, so I guess it's good I had to take Fundamentals of Acting freshman year--it's the only class any other school will honor. Do not go here. Do not send your child here. This school is a joke and a total waste of time and money, and you will not get a return on your investment. Worst of all, living and attending school on campus is remarkably depressing even for the most resilient of souls. Attend Bennington College at your own risk. Oh, and no one outside the snobby arts scenes has ever heard of the college, so don't buy into their advertising. You will forever be telling people where the school is and what famous people have gone there. Don't do it.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2002
Campus Aesthetics: A-, Education Quality: F
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Before deciding to attend Bennington, it should beUndecided
Before deciding to attend Bennington, it should be understood that the fact that it is a small college does not necessarily mean that you will be treated as an individual. The most glaring failure of the college is the administration at all levels -- unfriendly, impersonal, sometimes outright hostile for petty and unprofessional reasons, ineffectual, and for the most part unconcerned with the experiences of students attending the college. Aside from that, the "plan process" and "Field Work Term" are both disorganized and largely hit or miss, in part the fault of hulking administrative impotence, and in part because most students simply do not care, or seem to notice that they are in college. Classroom discussion is encouraged yet often poorly moderated and therefore useless, and intellectual stimulation of any kind is often in short supply, either from peers, extra-curricular activities or campus-sponsored events. The faculty is the single brightspot, but constant shifts in every department make it difficult to form lasting academic relationships. Also, from a purely social standpoint, students are unforgivably "cliquey" and often ridiculously vapid, whether from the rich drug-user set, or the pervasive socially outcast anime fanbase.
Male -- Class 2000
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Bennington is a lotBrightCommunications
Bennington is a lot like a tightly administered business, if the hierarchy is fond of you, all will be well. Although if you generate any sort of dissent towards anything, they will oust you in a fashion similar to a government coup.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2007
Useful Schoolwork: A, Surrounding City: F
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