Bard College campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 680


Early Action
November 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

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


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architectural History and Criticism, General

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • American Literature (United States)
  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Language Interpretation and Translation
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Sanskrit and Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • Asian History
  • European History
  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Archeology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dance, General
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Photography
  • Piano and Organ
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Voice and Opera

Students Say

Bard College is private, liberal arts institution located in the Hudson Valley that boasts a strong arts focus and a dedication to civic engagement locally, nationally, and worldwide in ways that “are unheard of for an institution of this size.” The school’s “amazing commitment to the arts” and “the variety of people and opinions and attitudes that are available” truly make Bard “a place to think,” and the liberal arts atmosphere encourages students to consider their interests from many perspectives. “Bard is about questioning the fundamental assumptions of your existence in society,” says one particularly philosophical student. Professors here are “incredibly intelligent” individuals, who despite being high up in their fields “are very down-to-earth and funny,” and they are “extremely interested in their students’ academic happiness and welfare.” Even in lecture-based classes, discussion is abundant, making for a “really fun classroom environment.” “We listen and respond to each other’s opinions often, and we are encouraged to speak up in class.” In turn, students feel personally committed to what they are learning about, instead of just being in class to get the credit or the grade. “Being here makes me feel as if I am gaining not only knowledge, but also maturity and the capacity for critical thought,” says a student. The school has a unique system for declaring your major called “moderation” in which students gradually focus their studies and independent work on one or more areas throughout their four years; this “encourages the student to really think hard about what they choose to major in, and ultimately what they’re passionate about.” “It made me take a deep breath in the middle of college and figure out what really got me excited, and pursue it because of that passion,” says one student.



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

At Bard “it is more than acceptable to study seriously a mélange of such subjects as dance and biology, and expect to use these skills in tandem somehow after graduation.” The school places a high value on independent work and internships (it is “especially supportive of the arts as a valid career path”), and also works with students to tailor their programs to meet professional requirements for admission to graduate schools (including the simultaneous completion of professional graduate work at another institution). There are numerous institutes for special study within the Bard network (both on- and off-campus), ranging from New Orleans to Budapest. The Career Development Office hosts many skills workshops, recruiting consortiums (the Bard equivalent of career fairs), and is particularly helpful in guiding students through finding work or internships abroad.

Colleges that Create Futures


Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

In general, a Bard education is high quality, with a high cost unusually well balanced for a school of its caliber with financial aid defrayments. Ninety-seven percent of first years, and 88 percent of undergraduates overall, who demonstrate need, receive needbased scholarship or grant aid, and 86 percent of undergraduates total receive some form of aid. Fifty-six percent of Bard students must borrow in order to pay for school, and the average cumulative indebtedness upon graduation is about $28,200, or less than one full year of tuition. Overall, Bard clearly works hard to deliver an education that students feel is worth it, both in terms of academic quality and in terms of the school’s financial support.

Bang For Your Buck

Many students name the school’s financial aid program as one of their main reasons for choosing to attend; about two-thirds of the student body receives aid. While Bard distinguishes itself from many other prestigious colleges and universities by offering merit-based financial support to promising applicants alongside need-based options, the school also reads applications on a need-blind basis, meaning financial need is not a factor in determining a student’s eligibility for admission. While the ever-swelling annual costs are now around $60,000 (a rough estimate of tuition plus room and board and supplies and fees), the average scholarship is $27,458. The unique Bard Budget Plan also allows tuition payments to be made in ten installments spread throughout the year, rather than the typical biannual or quarterly payment schedule. Finally, the campus’ distance from major urban areas means that having a good time outside the classroom costs a lot less than it might in a major metropolis.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


55% female
45% male
67% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

Bard students are “eccentric intellectuals” who “like pontificating about anything and everything.” Most students are “incredibly interested in an area of study outside of their major,” and they are “united by a belief that whatever we are studying is personally important to us and makes us into who we are.” “Everyone is a walking contradiction and not what you expect when you look at them,” says a student. Pretty much each person you will encounter has a specific academic interest, or a special skill, or a unique background. “We are hipsters, hippies, yuppies, nerds, dorks, freaks, dweebs, and socially awkward—the best people you’ll ever meet—kind of kids.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

The “low-key atmosphere” at this thought center is echoed by its serene, idyllic surroundings. “We wake up to look at the mountains. We dance till the cows come home,” says a student. There is “an obvious community” at Bard that stretches from the classroom to extracurriculars, and “students generally don’t separate their social lives from their academic interests.” “We get into heated debates on thought experiments,” says a student. “It’s common to talk about academics at a party on the weekends, and that doesn’t feel weird at all.” Bard students love to plan events, and these are not limited to the school’s “famous dinner parties”; on any given weekend, there is “a plethora of student theater productions, garage band shows, dances, dinner parties, dorm activities, club meetings, magazine release parties, cozy gatherings, off-campus ragers, [and] more dinner parties.” People also tend to be politically and socially active, and the care for the environment and for getting involved locally is “impressive.” “We live for today and for generations ahead,” says a student.

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

22% participate in intramural sports
11% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Raptors)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Raptors)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: Queer Straight Alliance, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Trans Action Initiative

Minority Support Groups: Office of Multicultural Affairs (; Asian American Student Org (; Latin American Student Org: (; Black Student Org (


A signatory of ACUPCC and TreeCampus USA, Bard College is known for offering great research opportunities for undergraduates, and it’s no different when it comes to sustainability. Students can major in environmental and urban studies with links to the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City and to internship and study abroad opportunities. Through the Bard Center for Environmental Policy Bard College undergraduates may proceed directly from three years of undergraduate study at Bard to one of the two-year master’s degree programs: MS in environmental policy or in climate science & policy. Bard is home to a global public health concentration, a field station for biological research on the Hudson’s ecosystems, and Hudsonia, a nonprofit research institute dedicated to preserving these ecosystems. Partnerships with other institutions provide summer programs for students, including the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the nearby Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, and Rockefeller University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows program. The Bard Office of Sustainability recruits environmental stewardship representatives in each dorm, and runs Free-Use, a free “store” where discarded clothing, dishes, and other household items collected in dorms are made available for reuse by students. Forty percent of Bard's square footage uses geothermal heating and cooling systems. On-site solar thermal panel arrays have been installed on two residence halls, and the college recently purchased a hybrid diesel electric shuttle bus. The Bard EATS (Eating Awareness Transforms Society) program serves as a structure for Bard's commitment to providing sustainable and local food. The program includes the educational opportunities arising from the Real Food Challenge commitment signed March 2013 and the on campus farm that provides food to Bard Dining. The Bard Farm is a 1.25-acre sustainable urban farm that organically grows fruits and vegetables to sell to Chartwells, the campus dining service. Located on Bard’s campus and worked by students, the farm, with its visibility and its accessibility, demonstrates the realities of small-scale farming and the potential for community to develop around food. Bard has taken large steps to increase its energy efficiency, most notably a campus-wide upgrade of inside lighting to LED and high-efficiency fluorescent technology, with plans to upgrade all external building, path, and street lighting to LED. Bard also has completed several renewable energy projects, including a large-scale, 280 kilowatt solar photovoltaic array near the athletic fields, solar thermal hot water systems at Keene and Tremblay Dormitories, and a 9 kilowatt hybrid solar electric demonstration system at South Hall Dormitory. In the Fall of 2014, the college installed a green infrastructure project using permeable asphalt and other low impact design features, including a constructed wetland, at a main parking lot.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Admission Office
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Richard B Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Stevenson Library
Bertelsmann Campus Center
Museum @ Center for Curatorial Studies
Levy Economics Institute - Blithewood Mansion
The László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building opened in spring, 2013. This state-of-the-art teaching and performance facility addresses the growing needs of the Conservatory, brought on by its fivefold growth since its founding in 2005.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Tivoli, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Kingston
Montgomery Place, Mills Mansion
Dia - Beacon
Roosevelt Home, Val Kill

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:30, 11:30, 1:30, 3:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

11:00; 3:00

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Closest airports are Albany and Stewart/Newburgh both of which are about 60 miles from campus. In Albany visitors can get a taxi or ground transportation to the Albany/Rensselaer train station and take the Amtrak train south to Rhinecliff. Otherwise a rental car is necessary from both airports. All three New York City airports have ground transportation directly to Penn. Station in Manhattan and the Amtrak train goes regularly to Rhinecliff station, from there it is a short taxi ride to campus or check the Bard shuttle schedules on the Bard website at

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the New England or New York City take the Taconic State Pkwy to Red Hook exit. Take Rte. 199 through Red Hook to Rte. 9G. Right (north) onto 9G and proceed 2 miles to campus. From the mid-atlantic region take the New York State Thruway (I-87) to Exit 19 (Kingston). Follow signs to and cross the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to Rte. 96. Turn left onto Rte. 9G and proceed north 4 miles to the campus, which is on the left.

Local Accommodations
Bard is just north of Rhinebeck where you can find one of the oldest inns in America, the Beekman Arms (Rte. 9; 914-876-7077), 10 minutes from campus. Just south of Rhinebeck, about 15 minutes from the campus, lies the Village Inn Motel (Rte. 9; 914-876-7000). Or try the Ramada Inn (914-339-3900) also 15 minutes from campus, in Kingston (Exit 19 off the thruway). In the same location is also a Holiday Inn (914-338-0400).