Bennington College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$57,350
3.89% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$35,386
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2.07%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
60%
1,382 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
799
88.6% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
71.2%
136 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 (44 degrees awarded), General Drama & Theater Arts (22 degrees), and General Literature (21 degrees).

In 2020, 300 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bennington College. 70.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 29.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (179 degrees), 8.14 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (22 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bennington College is $57,350, which is $28,950 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Bennington College is $57,350, which is $28,950 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $35,386.

In 2020, 88% of undergraduate students attending Bennington College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 47% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$57,350
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Bennington College was $57,350. The cost of tuition at Bennington College is $28,950 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$35,386
2020 Value
7.82%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Bennington College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $35,386. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Bennington College grew by 7.82%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,200
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bennington College was of $16,200 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 3.78% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 20% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

88%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
47%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

88% of undergraduate students at Bennington College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 5.38% with respect to 2019, when 93% 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.
2.07%
2018 Default Rate
3
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Bennington College was 2.07%, which represents 3 out of the 145 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Bennington College received 1,382 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 2.83% annual growth. Out of those 1,382 applicants, 829 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 60% acceptance rate.

There were 799 students enrolled at Bennington College in 2020, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bennington College has an overall enrollment yield of 17%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

60%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
829
Accepted Out of 1,382

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bennington College was 60% (829 admissions from 1,382 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 60.8%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 2.83%, while admissions grew by 1.47%.

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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 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bennington College has a total enrollment of 799 students. The full-time enrollment at Bennington College is 708 students and the part-time enrollment is 91. This means that 88.6% of students enrolled at Bennington College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bennington College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 61% White, 10.6% Hispanic or Latino, 3.25% Black or African American, 3.13% Two or More Races, 1.63% Asian, 0.125% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.125% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Bennington College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (41.3%), followed by White Male (19%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.25%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (55.9%), followed by White Male (13.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.88%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

88.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bennington College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 799 students. The full-time enrollment at Bennington College is 708 and the part-time enrollment is 91. This means that 88.6% of students enrolled at Bennington College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

80%
2020 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 80%. 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
    487
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    85
  3. Black or African American
    26

The enrolled student population at Bennington College is 61% White, 10.6% Hispanic or Latino, 3.25% Black or African American, 3.13% Two or More Races, 1.63% Asian, 0.125% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.125% 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 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% 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, 34 students (4.26%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 124 more women than men received degrees from Bennington College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Bennington College is white (179 degrees awarded). There were 8.14 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (22 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bennington College is General Visual & Performing Arts (44 degrees awarded), followed by General Drama & Theater Arts (22 degrees) and General Literature (21 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 (74 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (114 degrees), and Communication Technologies (6 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 (221,925 people), Postsecondary teachers (150,074 people), Other managers (141,101 people), Secondary school teachers (108,458 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (107,007 people).

The most specialized majors at Bennington College are English (74 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (114 degrees), Communication Technologies (6 degrees), Language & Linguistics (11 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (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, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Sales engineers, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Bennington College are English (74 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (114 degrees), Communication Technologies (6 degrees), Language & Linguistics (11 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (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 (452,803 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (302,328 people), Computer Systems Design (122,893 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (101,342 people), and Legal services (100,217 people).

The most specialized majors at Bennington College are English (74 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (114 degrees), Communication Technologies (6 degrees), Language & Linguistics (11 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (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. 44 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 22 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 21 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bennington College was General Visual & Performing Arts with 44 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

88
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
212
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 88 degrees were awarded to men at Bennington College, which is 0.415 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (212).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 14 degrees were awarded to men at Bennington College in General Visual & Performing Arts, which is 0.467 times less than the 30 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 31 degrees were awarded to women at Bennington College in Other English Language & Literature, which is 2.82 times more than the 11 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

64%
100% Completion Time
74%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 64% of students graduating from Bennington College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 74% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 74% 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 Sex

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 (72.4%).

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, 4.41% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    179 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    22 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    21 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bennington College is white (179 degrees awarded). There were 8.14 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (22 degrees).

7% of degree recipients (21 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    125 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    54 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    17 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Bennington College is white female (125 degrees awarded). There were 2.31 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (54 degrees).

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Operations

Bennington College has an endowment valued at nearly $50.5M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $125k (0.247%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Bennington College had a total salary expenditure of $45M. Bennington College employs 61 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Bennington College are Female No academic ranks (33), 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 39 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 36 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$50.5M
2020 Endowment
24.5%
growth from 2019

Bennington College has an endowment valued at about $50.5M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Bennington College grew 24.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $10.7M higher 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. $1.22M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Bennington College received $1.22M 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

$20.7M
2020 Salaries
0.213%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Bennington College paid a median of $20.7M in salaries, which represents 46% of their overall expenditure ($45M) and a 0.213% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.365% growth from 2018 and a 1.44% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.45M
Instructional Salaries
61
Number of Employees

In 2020, Bennington College paid a total of $5.45M to 61 employees working as instructors, which represents 26.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

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

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bennington College were No academic rank with 61 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bennington College were Service with 45 employees; Management with 39 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 36 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bennington College was Female No academic rank with 33 employees, and Male No academic rank with 28 employees.

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