College Sophomore 2013-11-20T20:27:30Z
The drug scene at Bennington is mostly reserved to weed and alcohol. There are more intense drugs on campus (some shrooms, acid, etc.) but they are not common. A large portion of people (underclassman and upperclassman) do drink or smoke, however partaking in large quantities is usually only on the weekends. Drinking is not necessary to maintain a social life here, I have several friends who do not drink and do not feel pressured too.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T20:22:48Z
Guys & Girls:
I'm going to widen this to people at Bennington to not narrow this to the gender binary. As a person interested in guys, girls and those who don't subscribe to the gender binary, all of them are pretty awesome. Statistically, we have more females than males (only 36% males) but that is not much of a hindrance to people of any sexuality or gender identity. If I had to describe the general type of fashion on campus I would describe it as hippie hobo arty chic. Most people are creative, intelligent and passionate about what they are doing. People can sometimes be an interesting mix of passion and apathy, but that issue comes up more in the larger social life than individual relationships. Dating can be hard on this campus, mostly because it is very small and relationships can get very intense very fast. However, you don't come here to be in a relationship, you come here because you want the individualized educational experience that Bennington offers.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T20:07:52Z
I learned the other day that 45% of the college's funds go to Financial Aid for students which is pretty awesome. Personally Financial Aid has been great. Bennington is pretty expensive, but I was offered more money here than other colleges that advertise as "100% need met." A lot of my friends decided to come here because of how much financial aid they offered. More than that they are really great at negotiating. When I was first coming here my dad asked for more money and they gave me 2,500 more semester.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T20:04:43Z
I grew up in New England so I am used to the weather. We are on campus for two of the most beautiful times of the year, fall when all the leaves are changing and late spring when everything is blooming. We get cold weather and some snow, all of it is manageable.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T20:03:19Z
Diversity is very hard to describe at Bennington. We have very low racial diversity and economic diversity. We are small, private liberal arts college and thus have a lot of middle and upper middle class liberal white kids. That being said we are accepting of other people's beliefs and sexual orientation. We are usually voted one of the most LGBT friendly campuses and speaking from experience, there is a large queer community and support for anyone who identifies as queer.
College Junior 2013-11-20T20:02:44Z
On campus we have parties every weekend - each house throws a party once/twice a term, and provides alcohol decorations music and a dance floor. They are fun the first few times, but tend to be kind of redundant. We have a couple of bars which are pretty nice, but no real great places full of young people. Hello locals!
College Junior 2013-11-20T20:00:38Z
We don't really do sports here, though there are intramurals (ultimate frisbee, soccor, basketball, dodgeball) and plenty of hiking/biking/swimming etc.
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:58:36Z
Library = wonderful
VAPA arts building = spectacular
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:58:36Z
Academics are phenomenal, and (for the most part) diverse and exciting. Social scene is lovely - finding your people is easier than most places. Facilities? What do you mean facilities....I mean my goodness. Campus life is small and contained, but nice.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T19:56:30Z
The off-campus dining is okay. Immediately in the area there are several good places for traditional cuisine. We have several good pizza places, AMAZING brunch places, and really good coffee shops and cafes. If you are willing to drive about 30 minutes there are a lot more options, including good "ethnic" cuisine.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T19:52:43Z
Health & Safety:
There has never been at time at Bennington that I have not felt safe. Our dorms are always open and I never lock my room door. Campus Safety is wonderful, their main purpose is not disciplinary but keeping us all safe. They are all very friendly, kind and helpful (for example: Young Mike always fixes my friend's TV). Ken Collamore, our head of Campus Safety, is really wonderful as well. I have heard different things about Health Services. I personally have always had an amazing experience at health services but my friends have sometimes had bad experiences. An example of this is that though STD testing is offered, apparently they can be slightly judgmental and representatives from SWAG (our Sexual Wellness Advocacy Group) usually recommend going to Plan Parenthood in town instead. However, that being said Health Services are usually very helpful and friendly, especially if you have a cold or minor illness, you can go in and get an awesome "cold pack" full of cough drops, ibuprofen and decongestants.
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:48:02Z
No one likes paperwork. Bennington works harder than so many other schools to take care of its students in need. That being said, my roommate had to leave the school because her aid went down due to her dad's new job.
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:45:54Z
There are a few really awesome places to eat, the rest is fast food. Yummy fast food though...
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:43:27Z
My laptop wasn't working for about 3 weeks - it was easy-peasy. I barely missed it.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T19:35:08Z
I didn't rate the facilities because like all things, Bennington is hard to define. In some ways Bennington has really amazing campus and facilities. However, it is a small school and lack some of the "facilities" that would be available at other schools. We are on a hill in the middle of the Green Mountains, we have adorable and beautiful buildings that all are very "homey". We have a beautiful Visual and Performing Arts Center which has things like color dark rooms, 3D printer and one of the largest sprung floors in the North East. However, because we are a small school and lack the resources of larger Universities, we may not have the up-to-date digital, recreational or scientific resources of other schools.
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:34:28Z
It is genuinely the best. Swan House Booyah!!!!!!!!
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:33:02Z
Racial diversity is pretty darn poor, so are economic background and political/religious beliefs. Sexual orientation however=super diverse.
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:32:56Z
Housing at Bennington is definitely one of its perks. Generally, houses develop their own vibe, which makes them feel more like a community. All houses are co-ed and mix all years of students. Rooms are spacious, there's a big common room in every house, and each house has at least one kitchen.
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:31:10Z
I love it here. Bennington is a classic Vermont town but with better transportation and more coffee shops! Also delicious Italian food and wonderful small business owners.
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:28:30Z
Bennington is very reasonable about what counts - drinking, noise, etc.
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:27:55Z
Lots of different views saying similar things.
We have a fair number of international students, who provide the campus with a moderate amount of diversity. Contrary to popular belief, Bennington is not a college of wealthy art hipsters. Many students have considerable financial aid packages, don't study art (or only study it on the periphery), and follow the stereotypes generally associated with being a 'hipster.'
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:25:57Z
I mean...it's Vermont. Rain and snow and cold but often sunshine.
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:25:09Z
Off-Campus housing is great, however, getting through the school's bullshit to GET off-campus is incredibly difficult.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T19:25:06Z
All of our houses have only 30-40 people and the communities are really close. The houses have pretty big rooms compared to other colleges and all the houses are really clean. The architecture is adorable and our "House Chairs" are very friendly and lenient (they have no disciplinary power). Our communities are really close and do a lot of things like movie nights, around the worlds, and parties. Every Sunday we have Coffee Hour which is when we get together, eat good food and talk about house problems. We are guaranteed a single our Junior and Senior year. "Home" is not just my room but my whole house. I am really close to several people in my house and LOVE living here.
College Junior 2013-11-20T19:22:10Z
There is no greek life. period.
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