Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding Bennett College and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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On Oct. 26, 2020, Bennett College advanced to accreditation candidacy status with The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). This grants Bennett accreditation privileges—including access to federal funding—as the college proceeds through the final stages of the accreditation process.
The leadership of Bennett College is committed to sharing information at every step of the process. The College’s communications team is ensuring that messages are delivered as quickly and transparently as possible, and we continue to hold regular meetings with students and faculty to address accreditation concerns. Continue to check this section of the website for updated information.
The timeframe is contingent upon the Order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The process for other institutions has averaged at least 18 months.

The Board of Trustees and leadership team have established four pillars of focus as we work to stabilize Bennett College. These pillars are:

  • Business and Finance
  • Enrollment Management
  • Information Technology & Infrastructure
  • Facilities

Over the next two years, we will set a goal to raise funds to support the improvements and enhancements needed to stabilize the College and provide a boost in key areas that will bring revitalization to the College and introduce new resources to support the overall student experience.

No. Graduating seniors will receive a degree accredited by SACSCOC.
Students maintain their federal financial aid, scholarships, and UNCF scholarships because SACSCOC still accredits Bennett and TRACS candidacy also ensures federal funding. As with all financial aid awarded, the Department of Education requires recipients to maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) that monitors GPA and completion rates. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a 66.7% completion rate to remain eligible to receive federal financial aid. Federal loans are considered federal financial aid and will remain available to those who qualify. Additionally, students awarded scholarships must maintain the GPA requirements as outlined with the scholarship.

All funds received from the campaign and other donations and contributions are being used to advance Bennett's mission.

  • Sustain current operations: Allowing the College to pay down a portion of its debt and improve its financial system continues to provide cost savings to be reinvested back into the College. The College has also addressed critical financial issues that will open new opportunities to embrace innovation.
  • Provide access to a Bennett College education: Scholarships provided students the ability to stay enrolled and to learn, grow, and achieve.
  • Address infrastructure needs: We are addressing deferred maintenance and improving the physical and technical infrastructure across campus. The College is focusing on repairs and renovations to improve the student experience.
Bennett College will lay out a plan to secure new investments that will advance the College's capacity to reimagine itself and reassert its critical role in preparing women of color for leadership positions. These new investments will support our people, build our programs, and create new opportunities to strengthen the College.
Absolutely! We are continuing our recruiting efforts as usual while also evaluating additional marketing tools to enhance our current strategies.

WHY WOMEN CHOOSE BENNETT

For nearly 150 years women have found Bennett to be the ideal place to foster the constant rhythm of ideas. Each student’s individual need for self-expression and desire for achievement is constantly nurtured. The College fosters a strong respect for every student. Today, in the midst of a very active renaissance, Bennett is preparing contemporary women to be well educated, productive professionals, informed, participating citizens, and enlightened parents.

The goals of the College continue to focus on the intellectual, spiritual and cultural growth of young women who must be prepared for lifelong learning and leadership. Since 1930 more than 5,000 women have graduated from Bennett College. Known as Bennett Belles, they continue to be among contributing women of achievement in all walks of life.

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