Bennington College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$60,648
3.06% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$32,497
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.76%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
45.3%
2,801 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
880
92.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
69.2%
135 Graduates

About

Bennington College is a higher education institution located in Bennington County, VT. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at Bennington College were Other English Language & Literature (46 degrees awarded) and General Dance (2 degrees).

In 2022, 302 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bennington College. 70.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 29.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (173 degrees), 6.18 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (28 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bennington College is $60,648, which is $32,318 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Bennington College is $60,648, which is $32,318 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $32,497.

In 2022, 89% of undergraduate students attending Bennington College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 47% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$60,648
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Bennington College was $60,648. The cost of tuition at Bennington College is $32,318 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$32,497
2022 Value
8.64%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Bennington College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $32,497. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Bennington College grew by 8.64%.

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Other Student Expenses

$17,210
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bennington College was of $17,210 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 2.2% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

89%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
47%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

89% of undergraduate students at Bennington College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 7.23% with respect to 2021, when 83% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.76%
2019 Default Rate
3
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Bennington College was 1.76%, which represents 3 out of the 170 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Bennington College received 2,801 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 62.3% annual growth. Out of those 2,801 applicants, 1,269 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 45.3% acceptance rate.

There were 880 students enrolled at Bennington College in 2022. 13% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bennington College has an overall enrollment yield of 17.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

45.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
1,269
Accepted Out of 2,801

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bennington College was 45.3% (1,269 admissions from 2,801 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 66.9%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 62.3%, while admissions grew by 9.87%..

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SAT Scores

13%
Submission Percentage (2022)
27
Scores Submitted (2022)

13% of enrolled first-time students at Bennington College in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bennington College had a total enrollment of 880 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Bennington College is 815 students and the part-time enrollment is 65. This means that 92.6% of students enrolled at Bennington College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bennington College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 63.3% White, 9.55% Hispanic or Latino, 4.2% Two or More Races, 2.84% Black or African American, 1.59% Asian, and 0.568% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Bennington College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (44.4%), followed by White Male (18.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.72%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (55.3%), followed by White Male (11.7%) and Asian Female (6.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

92.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bennington College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 880 students. The full-time enrollment at Bennington College is 815 and the part-time enrollment is 65. This means that 92.6% of students enrolled at Bennington College are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

84%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Bennington College was 84%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Bennington College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    557 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    84 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    37 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Bennington College is 63.3% White, 9.55% Hispanic or Latino, 4.2% Two or More Races, 2.84% Black or African American, 1.59% Asian, and 0.568% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 38 students (4.32%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 126 more women than men received degrees from Bennington College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Bennington College is white (173 degrees awarded). There were 6.18 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (28 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at Bennington College is Other English Language & Literature (46 degrees awarded), followed by General Dance (2 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Bennington College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are English (74 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (102 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (17 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bennington College are Elementary & middle school teachers (208,497 people), Postsecondary teachers (166,980 people), Other managers (163,948 people), Secondary school teachers (136,326 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (130,947 people).

The most specialized majors at Bennington College in 2022 are English (74 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (102 degrees), Language & Linguistics (17 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 degrees), and Communication Technologies (3 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bennington College are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Bennington College are English (74 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (102 degrees), Language & Linguistics (17 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 degrees), and Communication Technologies (3 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bennington College are Elementary & secondary schools (483,929 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (330,518 people), Computer Systems Design (157,521 people), Legal services (118,330 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (114,955 people).

The most specialized majors at Bennington College are English (74 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (102 degrees), Language & Linguistics (17 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 degrees), and Communication Technologies (3 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Bennington College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 34 degrees awarded
  2. 21 degrees awarded
  3. 20 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bennington College was General Visual & Performing Arts with 34 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

88
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
214
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 88 degrees were awarded to men at Bennington College, which is 0.411 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (214).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 10 degrees were awarded to men at Bennington College in Other English Language & Literature, which is 0.278 times less than the 36 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 36 degrees were awarded to men at Bennington College in Other English Language & Literature, which is 3.6 times more than the 10 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

61%
100% Completion Time
71%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 61% of students graduating from Bennington College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 71% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 73% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Bennington College is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 5.19% of graduates (7 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    173 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    28 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    12 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bennington College is white (173 degrees awarded). There were 6.18 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (28 degrees).

4.64% of degree recipients (14 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    124 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    49 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    26 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Bennington College is white female (124 degrees awarded). There were 2.53 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (49 degrees).

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Operations

Bennington College has an endowment valued at nearly $36M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−21.6%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Bennington College had a total salary expenditure of 48.6M. Bennington College employs 60 No academic ranks. Most academics at Bennington College are Female No academic rank (32), and Male No academic rank (28).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bennington College are: Service, with 42 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 39 employees, and Management with 35 employees.

Endowment

$36M
2022 Endowment
10.4%
decline from 2021

Bennington College has an endowment valued at about $36M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Bennington College declined 10.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $13.2M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$21.2M
2022 Salaries
5.89%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Bennington College paid a median of $21.2M in salaries, which represents 43.7% of their overall expenditure ($48.6M) and a 5.89% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.3M
Instructional Salaries
60
Number of Employees

In 2022, Bennington College paid a total of $5.3M to 60 employees working as instructors, which represents 25% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
60 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
42 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bennington College was No academic rank with 60 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bennington College were Service with 42 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 39 employees, and Management with 35 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bennington College was Female No academic rank with 32 employees, and Male No academic rank with 28 employees.

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