Bennington College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$51,240
3.64% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$32,667
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
2.79%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
56.6%
1,465 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
851
94% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
67.5%
143 Graduates

About

Bennington College is a higher education institution located in Bennington County, VT. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Bennington College were General Visual & Performing Arts (26 degrees awarded), General Literature (24 degrees), and General Drama & Theater Arts (20 degrees).

In 2017, 243 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bennington College. 67.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (171 degrees), 13.2 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (13 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bennington College is $51,240, which is $26,046 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Bennington College is $51,240, which is $26,046 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $32,667.

In 2017, 90% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 50% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$51,240
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Bennington College was $51,240. The cost of tuition at Bennington College is $26,046 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$32,667
2017 Value
11.9%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Bennington College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $32,667. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Bennington College grew by 11.9%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,520
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bennington College was of $14,520 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 2.25% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

90%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
50%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

90% of undergraduate students at Bennington College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 2.17% with respect to 2016, when 92% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.79%
2016 Default Rate
5
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Bennington College was 2.79%, which represents 5 out of the 179 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Bennington College received 1,465 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 18.5% annual growth. Out of those 1,465 applicants, 829 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 56.6% acceptance rate.

There were 851 students enrolled at Bennington College in 2017, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bennington College has an overall enrollment yield of 27.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

56.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
829
Accepted Out of 1,465

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bennington College was 56.6% (829 admissions from 1,465 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 60%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 18.5%, while admissions grew by 11.9%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
N/A
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Bennington College in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bennington College has a total enrollment of 851 students. The full-time enrollment at Bennington College is 800 students and the part-time enrollment is 51. This means that 94% of students enrolled at Bennington College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bennington College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 57.7% White, 9.17% Hispanic or Latino, 4% Two or More Races, 3.76% Black or African American, 2.23% Asian, 0.353% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.118% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Bennington College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (38%), followed by White Male (20.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.91%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (48.7%), followed by White Male (22.4%) and Black or African American Female (3.95%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

94%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bennington College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 851 students. The full-time enrollment at Bennington College is 800 and the part-time enrollment is 51. This means that 94% of students enrolled at Bennington College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

78%
2017 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 78%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Bennington College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    491
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    78
  3. Two or More Races
    34

The enrolled student population at Bennington College is 57.7% White, 9.17% Hispanic or Latino, 4% Two or More Races, 3.76% Black or African American, 2.23% Asian, 0.353% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.118% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 61 students (7.17%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 83 more women than men received degrees from Bennington College. The majority of degree recipients at Bennington College are white (171 degrees awarded). There were 13.2 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (13 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bennington College is General Visual & Performing Arts (26 degrees awarded), followed by General Literature (24 degrees) and General Drama & Theater Arts (20 degrees).

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 (70 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (20 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (82 degrees).

Workforce

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 (255,117 people), Other managers (161,562 people), Postsecondary teachers (150,337 people), Graphic designers (101,403 people), and Architects, except landscape and naval (97,003 people).

The most specialized majors at Bennington College are English (70 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (20 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (82 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (6 degrees), and Communication Technologies (5 degrees).

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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, Electrical & electronics engineers, Physicians, Dentists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Bennington College are English (70 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (20 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (82 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (6 degrees), and Communication Technologies (5 degrees).

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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 (458,998 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (285,960 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (178,720 people), Computer Systems Design (129,822 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (109,448 people).

The most specialized majors at Bennington College are English (70 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (20 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (82 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (6 degrees), and Communication Technologies (5 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 26 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 24 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 20 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bennington College was General Visual & Performing Arts with 26 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 80
  2. 163

In 2017, 80 degrees were awarded to men at Bennington College, which is 0.491 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (163).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 14 degrees were awarded to men at Bennington College in Other English Language & Literature, which is 0.519 times less than the 27 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 27 degrees were awarded to women at Bennington College in Other English Language & Literature, which is 1.93 times more than the 14 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

61%
100% Completion Time
68%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 61% of students graduating from Bennington College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 68% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 68% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

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

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Bennington College is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 1.4% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    171 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    13 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    12 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bennington College is white (171 degrees awarded). There were 13.2 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (13 degrees).

5.35% of degree recipients (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    103 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    68 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    10 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Bennington College is white female (103 degrees awarded). There were 1.51 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (68 degrees).

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Operations

Bennington College has an endowment valued at nearly $33.8M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.92M (5.69%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Bennington College had a total salary expenditure of $40.2M. Bennington College employs 60 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Bennington College are Female No academic ranks (32), Male No academic ranks(28), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bennington College are: Service, with 45 employees, Management, with 41 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 41 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$33.8M
2017 Endowment
30.4%
growth from 2016

Bennington College has an endowment valued at about $33.8M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Bennington College grew 30.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.32M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $93.1k - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Bennington College received $93.1k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$20.3M
2017 Salaries
15.1%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Bennington College paid a median of $20.3M in salaries, which represents 50.4% of their overall expenditure ($40.2M) and a 15.1% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.09% decline from 2015 and a 2.6% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.33M
Instructional Salaries
60
Number of Employees

In 2017, Bennington College paid a total of $5.33M to 60 employees working as instructors, which represents 26.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.01M (34.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

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

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bennington College were No academic rank with 60 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bennington College were Service with 45 employees; Management with 41 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 41 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank
  3. false

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bennington College was Female No academic rank with 32 employees, Male No academic rank with 28 employees, and false with 0 employees.

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