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BENNETT COLLEGE

 

 

HISTORY


   Bennett College is a private, United Methodist Church affiliated, four-year liberal arts institution for women. Founded in 1873 as a coeducational institution with the first sessions held in the basement of St. Matthews United Methodist Church (then Warnersville Methodist Episcopal Church North), the school was founded through the inspiration of newly emancipated slaves.

   During then next few years, African-American members of the Methodist Church attempted to raise funds for land and a school building. However, when contributions fell short of the goal, a businessman from New York named Lyman Bennett donated $10,000. Shortly thereafter Bennett died of pneumonia, but in memoriam, the institution was renamed Bennett Seminary and it's first building named Bennett Hall. Bennett was reorganized in 1926 to become a College for Women.

CAMPUS LIFE


   Centrally located in urban Greensboro, North Carolina, the average student enrollment at Bennett is 600 women, the majority of whom are of African American descent from 29 states and 11 foreign countries representing the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe.

 

   Ranking fourth among all historically Black colleges and universities in the percentage of alumnae earning doctoral degrees, Bennett was also ranked in the top five "Best Buys" among historically Black colleges and universities by Money Magazine in both 1996 and 1997 and is well respected in the Black Enterprise listing of best schools for Blacks. More than 80% of the faculty here hold doctorate degrees, and the student-to-faculty ratio is an astounding eleven-to-one. Offering 22 areas of study toward the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degrees, there are also six honor societies and numerous opportunities for study off-campus at other institutions and abroad.

   On campus Living Learning Centers (residences) encompass Carrie Barge, Laura Cone, Annie Merner, and Annie Pfeiffer Halls, among others.

 

ADDRESS: 900 East Washington Street, Greensboro, NC
PHONE: 800-413-5323
WEBSITE:  http://www.bennett.edu

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