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.”

Overview

Applicants
6,960
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average HS GPA
3.50

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 710
SAT Math
570 - 680
ACT Composite
-

Deadlines


Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

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.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10.37:1
Total Faculty
278
with Terminal Degree
253

158
Men
120
Women
41
Minority
25
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
90
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
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
$40,614

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,796

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,100

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,599

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$40,614

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49,226
Required Fees
$680
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$950

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,000
Transportation for Commuters
$750

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,059
Out of State
67%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
54

Demographics

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

Overview

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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
73%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
77
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
86

Housing Options

Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
150
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

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

Men's Sports (Raptors)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Raptors)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

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

Minority Support Groups: Office of Multicultural Affairs (http://inside.bard.edu/campus/departments/oma); Asian American Student Org (http://student.bard.edu/clubs/aaso); Latin American Student Org: (http://student.bard.edu/clubs/laso); Black Student Org (http://student.bard.edu/clubs/bso)

Sustainability

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.

Green Rating
92
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
16%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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
80

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
10

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

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
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

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

Phone
845-758-7472


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. http://www.bard.edu/conservatory/bitobuilding/

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

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9am-5pm
845-758-7472

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
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
11:00; 3:00

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

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 www.bard.edu.

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).
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Key Stats

6,960
Applicants
2,059
Size
45%
Acceptance Rate
1280
SAT Scores

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