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Academics

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, 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 bachelor's degree 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 setting 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 fifteen students, and "nothing's off the [table] 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."

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

Because it is an early college, the administration "is more strict about normal college pastimes (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 away during their junior year, and student activities are initiated 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."

Overview

Applicants
356
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

49%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores


Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Interview
Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
75
with Terminal Degree
64

44
Men
31
Women
9
Minority
5
International

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


Graduation Rates

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

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Pre-Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • General Literature.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis.
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.
  • Natural Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Geography, Other.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Intermedia/Multimedia.
  • Music, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 2

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,839

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,492

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,338

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
38%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$16,700

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$30,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$53,682
Required Fees
$1,400
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,916
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
400
Foreign Countries Represented
16

Demographics

7.44%
Asian
6.41%
African-American
2.31%
Hispanic
56.15%
Caucasian
8.97%
Unknown
15.13%
International

57% female
43% male
88% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Accessibility & Academic Support

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jean Altshuler

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation of a disability must substantiate the need for specific accommodations requested. All documentation must be current.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation of a disability must substantiate the need for specific accommodations requested. All documentation must be current.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
2

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
25
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
None

Men's Sports (Llamas)
3 Sports

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

Basketball
Soccer
Swimming

Student Services

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

Minority Support Groups: Multicultural Students Organization Council for Equity and Inclusion (CEI) Black Student Union Multicultural Student Organization Asian Student Association International Students Club Transcend

Sustainability


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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Silvia Eggenberger
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
Student Union
Kilpatrick Athletic Center
The Snack Bar in the Student Union is a popular gathering place most evenings.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mass MoCA
Clark Museum
Tanglewood
Town of Great Barrington
Prime Outlets (in Lee, MA)
The town of Great Barrington is utilized extensively by students for all shopping, dining, off campus internships, volunteer opportunities, 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
Campus shuttle takes students to various locations in Great Barrington and regional bus service includes stops in all surrounding towns. There are several local taxi companies. Airports in Albany, NY and Hartford, CT are approximately an hour away. There is bus service to Great Barrington from New York City to Great Barrington and from Boston to nearby Lee. Trains from New York City stop in Wassaic, NY and Hudson, NY, both about 45 minutes 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 $75-$120/night.


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