Originally Posted by mini
Vassar and Wesleyan have more "liberal" reputations than Williams, Hamilton, and Middlebury. Vassar, as a former Seven Sister school, is especially strong in the arts. (I have no idea bout Wesleyan. Not much in the way of big sports at Vassar.
I'd divide those groups more along the preppie - non/anti-preppie spectrum.
Preppie: Williams, Hamilton, and Middlebury.
Non-preppie/slightly preppy: Vassar
non-preppie/anti-preppie: Wesleyan, Bard, Swarthmore, Oberlin
A long time ago I remember hearing good things about Bennington's art offerings, but not sure about the academics?
Heard Bennington's academic strengths are overwhelmingly arts/humanities and at the time I was in high school...it was considered one of the most expensive schools in the country.
If I was a parent, I'd only consider sending my kids there if their academic interests are definitely leaning towards arts/humanities and they don't have better academic and financial options.