Students Say

There’s no one else doing what Bard College at Simon’s Rock is doing. The small, selective “early college” aims “to create a good experience for passionate younger students” through small class sizes, engaging class discussion, and “catering to each student as an individual.”

Overview

Applicants
198
Acceptance Rate
89%
Average HS GPA
3.51

GPA Breakdown

43%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
620 - 680
SAT Math
620 - 720
ACT Composite
29 - 31

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Interview
Talent / Ability

Overall

Students Say

There’s no one else doing what Bard College at Simon’s Rock is doing. The small, selective “early college” aims “to create a good experience for passionate younger students” through small class sizes, engaging class discussion, and “catering to each student as an individual.” All 400 Simon’s Rock students come to this “haven for young, bright minds” after tenth or eleventh grade in high school, and while half of the students receive an associate’s degree after two years and transfer to other institutions, others moderate into the Simon’s Rock B.A. program. The small size of the school “allows for almost unlimited rule-bending, as long as it is beneficial,” and the “ability to create your own major” is one of the most lauded academic aspects. “No one has ever told me that a project wasn’t my place because I’m an undergrad or that I couldn’t do something because there wasn’t enough oversight,” says a student. “I have been constantly encouraged to pursue my interests by way of independent research, tutorials, internships, etc., and given support at every step of the way.”

The school’s “idyllic location” in the middle of the Berkshire Mountains provides the perfect level of seclusion for students who mean to get down to business with their studies, and “the professors here make the difficulty and volume of course work worth it.” “They are what is amazing about this school.” There will be a lot of writing for any class, but “pretty much all the professors are more than happy to help outside of the classroom.” “My chemistry professor became upset when she realized that she wouldn’t be able to teach a class for a week due to break,” says one student. Classes are very oriented around discussion, typically are less than twenty students, and “nothing’s off the tradition for questioning and examination.” Though all who attend here admit that it is “definitely not a walk in the park,” they agree that “you will learn an incredible amount and be prepared for the future.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
6.25:1
Total Faculty
68
with Terminal Degree
46

36
Women
32
Men
9
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Oscar-winning Filmmakers

Ronan Farrow
Rhodes Scholar and MSNBC host

Alison Bechdel
Cartoonist and best-selling author

Veronica Chambers
Journalist, author and screenwriter

Eli Pariser
CEO of Upworthy; founder and Board President of Moveon.org

Nita Ing
Chairperson of Continental Holdings Corp and Continental Engineering Corp

John McWhorter
best-selling author, linguist, political commentator and columnist

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,871

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,387

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,956

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,889

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
66%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$34,900

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,442
Required Fees
$1,109
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Students come from every end of the spectrum, but they are all here for the same reason: “We were ready to learn, and we weren’t going to let a high school diploma stand in our way.” The student body is “99 percent genius”; this is a “liberal, open-minded, bright, precocious” group full of “rigor and self-determination.” Most of the incoming students are sixteen or seventeen years of age, but “They can still obtain a bachelor ’s degree in four years, just like at most other undergraduate schools.” This is truly a “ragtag bunch of future political workers and the ragtag misfits from high school mixed in with some cool (albeit tough) professors.” “I would say there is relatively little pressure to fit in at all, since a lot of us are high school misfits in the first place,” says a student. Unsurprisingly, “You get to know your fellow students very well, as the size of the school is very small.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
329
Out of State
88%

International
19%
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

4.96%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
3.05%
Asian
6.87%
African-American
3.05%
Hispanic
64.12%
Caucasian
18.70%
International

59% female
41% male
88% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Because it is an early college, the administration “is more strict about normal college pasttimes (partying, etc.),” but most students spend time hanging out with friends on campus, or going into town (though “there is very little to do” there). “We’re far from a party school, but we make our own fun,” says a student of the dry campus. People’s hobbies “tend toward the academic and/or geeky,” and “fun is a Doctor Who viewing party or rehearsing for Rocky Horror.” “It’s not uncommon to go to the dining hall and discuss the anti-feminism of Twilight at one table, Occupy Wall Street at another table, and tell chemistry puns at another table.” (Though, the food doesn’t have many fans: “Each day I feel as if the dining hall food is progressively getting worse.”) Many students here study abroad during their junior years, and student activities are instigated and run by students, “which means that if you want to start a club or activity group, you’re given full support.” Mainly, Rockers “spend a significant portion of our time studying. We think about work and talk about work.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
94%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
78
First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
20
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

Men's Sports (Llamas)
3 Sports

Basketball
Soccer
Swimming
Women's Sports (Llamas)
3 Sports

Basketball
Soccer
Swimming

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: QueerSA(queer-straight alliance)

Minority Support Groups: Multicultural Students Organization and Diversity Task Force

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
4

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Educational pricing from Apple, Dell, and HP. Also hardware purchase agreements through MHEC.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Coleen Cox
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Bard College at Simon's Rock
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Phone
800-235-7186

Email
admit@simons-rock.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Fisher Science and Academic Center
Daniel Arts Center
Alumni Library
Kellogg Music Center
Kilpatrick Athletic Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mass MoCA
Clark Museum
Tanglewood
Town of Great Barrington
Berkshire Mall
The town of Great Barrington is utilized extensively by students for all shopping, dining, off campus jobs and off campus housing.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, limited Saturdays
9-5:00 pm
800-235-7186

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Very Flexible
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
A few times times a year - phone for Open House schedule

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admit@simons-rock.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bus service available on campus to all neighboring towns. Also taxi service. Two airports are equal distance: Albany, NY and Hartford, CT. (a little over one hour away)

Driving Instructions to Campus
See College website: http://simons-rock.edu/about/directions

Local Accommodations
B&Bs - off season average $80-100/night Motels - Holiday Inn Express, Days Inn and Comfort Inn $60-$120/night