Hey!! So we get this question a lot, which makes sense because it’s a really good one. The truth is that the small community is a central part of the academic and social Bennington experience. I feel it contributes to student life in many ways— specifically, I always feel that there is a lot happening on campus because of our small student body. There is a lot of collaborative and individual initiative to create things to do on campus, and with such a close community, students are actually able to bring their ideas for on-campus activity to life. For example, if you have an idea for a party/event/visiting performer/club, chances are that you can bring it to Student Life, your house chairs or your friends and can actually make it happen!!
In a usual week, there are music concerts from visiting and student bands, events created by clubs and organizations, a series of discipline hosted events (for example: visual art exhibitions, film screenings, readings by visiting poets, science workshop, drama and dance performances) and there are larger and smaller parties which are hosted by houses and individual students— and this all comes from our small size.
At times, I feel like I want to be surrounded by more people, but it’s also pretty easy to be reminded of how many people I have yet to get to know better (there are so many) and the ~**~possibilities~**~ that come with that.
When I was a prospective student, I worried about size when thinking about student life and events, so I addressed your question from this angle. If you have something else on your mind, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can talk more!
Also, Alan sums it up pretty perfectly here!