Bennington Postbac Premed Program

“I will always think of Bennington as the place where I discovered science, where I found questions I never knew I had.” –Amy, Postbac Alumna
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The online application for the Bennington Postbac Premed 2015-16 year is now open.

Click this link to begin an application and visit the postbac pages of our website for more information.

The first Science Workshop of the fall term last Friday was a Meet & Greet. Faculty created a Human Scavenger Hunt as a fun way for students to introduce themselves to them and each other. Hints included:

  • Someone from west of the Mississippi
  • Owns a chicken named Beyoncé
  • Plays softball
  • Presented their research at Science Workshop

It was a hit! And the prize for the winners?: Launching faculty’s homegrown zucchini with the Physics Lab trebuchet. #scienceisfun

The fall term has begun!

Campus is quiet at the end of summer term. In a few days we will welcome everyone back and jump into the next phase of the postbac year. Wishing all of our students a fun and relaxing break!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi there, what is the acceptance rate of your postbac students into medical school?
benningtonpostbac benningtonpostbac Said:

Hi- the matriculation rate for Bennington postbacs averages at about 95%. Here is a link to the Postbac Pages of our website- you’ll find more information there as well as a page of FAQ’s that may be helpful. Let us know if you have more questions. Thanks!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
What math courses should I take that would be helpful for my success in a Postbac Premed program?
benningtonpostbac benningtonpostbac Said:

Hi and thanks for the question. Calculus and Statistics are both good ways to prepare for the study of science and are also required by some medical schools. Students have the option to take them during the postbac year but if you have the ability to get them in before attending you may appreciate the lighter load and having those concepts down beforehand. 


The Princeton Review’s Best 379 Colleges Guide has just been published. This year, Bennington ranked second in the “Professors Get High Marks” category; fourth for “Best Classroom Experience”; sixth for “Most Accessible Professors”. And our theater spaces and student houses were recognized again as being some of the country’s most outstanding campus spaces. 

Nicely written article describing the evolution of surgical practices, medical culture, and a glimpse at the life of a surgical resident.


Stanford Med is doing an amazing series on “surgeons at work”. There are stories of people’s journey to becoming a surgeon, exciting new frontiers in surgery, and people’s thoughts regarding the future of medicine. 

This specific set of photos are by Dr. Max Aguilera-Hellweg. The emotion of the OR that this image captures is amazing right?

Another great shot by a student during Cell Bio lab - Julia, postbac ‘15, snapped this picture through the lens of her microscope. On the slide: HeLa (Henrietta Lacks) chromosomes.

Our students snap some great pics during labs! Lawrence, postbac ‘15, captured this shot of his copper solution during the Copper Spectroscopy Lab, and fellow student Shane examining the results in his beaker. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Does the application still take SAT scores from more than six years ago? Or is it better that I take the GRE before I apply? Thanks so much!
benningtonpostbac benningtonpostbac Said:

Hi- we do accept SAT scores that are older. You may submit them as a part of your high school transcript or scan and upload them in the application. If you feel that GRE scores would more accurately reflect your academic abilities you may submit them instead. Here is a link to our FAQ page. Let us know if you have more questions- we’ll be happy to try and answer them for you.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Do students who are accepted into the postbac program generally include GRE, SAT, or other standardized test scores in their applications? Would failure to include test scores put an otherwise qualified applicant at a disadvantage? How strongly do the scores weigh in determining whether an applicant is accepted?
benningtonpostbac benningtonpostbac Said:

Hello and thanks for the questions. Bennington does encourage the submission of test scores in the Postbac Premed application and the majority of applicants do include them. However, we recognize them as just one part of the whole and each application is read taking all components into consideration. While it can be helpful to evaluate a candidate’s experience in standardized test-taking we do place more importance on the essay, resume and letters of recommendation. Let us know if you have other questions- we’ll be happy to talk with you.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
How long is the program
benningtonpostbac benningtonpostbac Said:

Bennington’s Postbac Premed Program is one year, beginning in mid-June and ending in early June the following year. For more information, follow the link to our website- you can request an information packet or speak with the program coordinator. Thanks for the question!

#TBT to last week’s impromptu MCAT study session with Physiology professor Betsy Sherman. How cool is Betsy? -not only does she offer to review kidney function with some of our new alums, she does it wearing shades.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hello- Bennington seems like a wonderful program. When are the applications open for the June 2015 term?
benningtonpostbac benningtonpostbac Said:

Hi- glad to hear Bennington’s program sounds like it may be a good fit for you. The application for the 2015-16 year opens in early September. In the meantime, if you’d like more information from us, follow this link to our website and fill out the Request Information form (if you haven’t yet) and we will send a packet out to you. You may also contact us by email or phone- we’d be happy to have a conversation.