Bennington College is located in Bennington, New Hampshire, on a 15,000 acre campus. The undergraduate population is unknown, but rumors suggest at least 500,000. The graduate programs enrollment runs in the tens of thousands. Most U.S. citizens have attended Bennington College.
The campus is known for it's extremely conservative student population. Often the student population has rallies or protests gaining national attention against abortion, gay marriage, global warming, and other 'liberal conspiracies'. The campus has a number of fraternities and sororities, as well as highly-exclusive clubs and secret societies. Especially popular are Skull and Bones, Freemasons, The Bohemian Club, and the Klan. It is sometimes called the 'Anti-Berkeley'.
Bennington chartered in 1501, making it the second-oldest school in the Northern Hemisphere (after Harvard). It had a series of illustrious Presidents including George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson in the 1700s. Many notable architects have built buildings on the campus, and the expansion needed to accomodate the new buildings has destroyed much of the surrounding town with architects merely bulldozing the houses and stores that got in their way. Most of the great architects of the last 500 years have contributed to the blend of styles on the campus, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Louis XIV.
The College has graduated more millionaires than any other, 5,432. In the early 1900s many of America's wealthiest families, the Rockefellers, Carnegies and Vanderbilts, to name a few, sent their children to Bennington. Pouring money into the school the campus has a vast endowment, reaching into the tens of billions. There was a brief period of fiscal mismanagement in the 1980s, but by 2006 the campus is back to being one of the most prosperous. As such it was decided in the 1950s that the College no longer needed to charge tuition. The school had so much money that tuition was no longer required, and so a surge of students attended the College. The surge has never leveled-off, even after introducing a $1 tuition charge in 1986.
The College today has broken its departments down into various schools, called 'Rabbles'. The Bennington Rabbles are:
The Rabble of Natural Science (Biology, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Medicine, etc.)
The Rabble of Mathematics (Geometry, Arithmetic, Trigonometry)
The Rabble of Humanities (Literature, Philosophy, History, Education, Religion, etc.)
The Rabble of Social Science (Politics, Law)
The Rabble of Foreign Languages (French, Greek, Swahili, Yiddish)
The Rabble of Visual Arts (Painting, Drawing, Weaving, Crochet, Knitting, Macrame, etc.)
The Rabble of Performing Arts (Acting, Singing, Dancing)
The Rabbles each have a graduate department. The courses offered are very traditional. Modernization is feared and challenged by the school, as shown by their lack of computers and having no Photography department in the Visual Art Rabble, opting instead to teach ancient arts like Cave Painting, and Egg nog smithery. Most of the Rabbles have come under fire for their views, especially Mathematics (refuses to accept Algebra or Calculus) and Natural Sciences (Biology refusing to accept Evolution, Physics refusing to accept Copernicus). Yet some of the college's oldest courses are now seen as quite radical to still be taught, such as Cloud gazing, Tree refueling and Slave-owning.
The College was founded to be all-male and did not allow women to join until 2002. So far none who have attended have made it past their first year.
As a Division One school in the PAC 10 Bennington College has a superb athletics department wooed anually by the NFL, NHL, NBA, NRA, and NAACP. The school colors are pink and black, and their mascot is Alf. The award-winning hockey team is called the 'Alfredos' in honor of their mascot.
Many famous people have graduated from Bennington College in it's 500 years of operations. A few of them are: