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Bard College at Simon's Rock, The Early College, is the country's only residential college of the liberal arts and sciences specifically designed to provide bright, highly motivated students with the opportunity to begin college after the 10th or 11th grade. Simon's Rock brings students face-to-face with big ideas, essential texts, deep and high-spirited discussion, advanced research, and the latest scholarship with professors who are tops in their fields. Our students seek opportunities to build on inspiring classroom experiences, develop confidence in who they are as they support those who are different, and most importantly, are committed to creating a better future.

At Simon's Rock, our students work toward a bachelor's degree in a remarkably individualized program. Some choose to transfer after two years with an associate degree that is highly respected by some of the most prestigious colleges and universities. Merit scholarships and need-based aid are available. The average age of entering students is 16.

For fifty years, Simon's Rock has demonstrated that high school age students are fully capable of college work; that they thrive intellectually and socially in a small-college environment; that serving these students well requires a faculty committed to distinction in teaching and scholarship, as well as active participation in the students' social and personal development; and that a coherent general education in the liberal arts and sciences should be the foundation for early college students. Based on the success of the College and its graduates, Simon's Rock serves as a model for the growing U.S. early college movement.

As part of the prestigious Bard network, Simon's Rock students also have access to a global consortium of institutions—including numerous civic, scientific, and art organizations. Upperclass students are encouraged to take advantage of the facilities and resources of Bard College's main campus at Annandale-on-Hudson, which offers more than 800 courses each year.

Simon's Rock students build a strong foundation for their future academic pursuits, with most completing a bachelor's degree by age 20, and 80 percent going on to graduate school. A few notable alumni include Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; Nina Perales, vice president of litigation at Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (MALDEF); and John McWhorter, linguist; author; and political commentator for The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

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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.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.

  • 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.


Students Say

Dubbed an “early college,” Bard College at Simon’s Rock is a unique institution that “allows you to leave high school and start college without a high school diploma” for enrollment. The school gladly accepts applications from rising juniors and seniors. In fact, the average Simon’s Rock student is sixteen when he or she enters. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the academics are any less “rigorous;” everyone takes on a “challenging” liberal arts curriculum. And given that “the average class size is twelve,” a “high level of engagement” is customary. As one undergrad further explains, “Everyone is expected to make the classroom what it is; that onus does not fall solely on the professor.” Fortunately, the intimate setting also means that “students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty to design a program of study that is...specific to their academic goals.” And no matter their major, undergrads are guaranteed to find “brilliant” and “passionate” teachers who “truly care about their students.” As one thrilled individual concludes, “[Professors] have high expectations but are ready to...help you reach your full potential.” As a result, “the level of education [students receive] is unsurpassed.”

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

Experiential
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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

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Dates

Application Deadlines

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

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
400
Foreign Countries Represented
18

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

Students Say

Simon’s Rock typically attracts “hyperintellectual” students who possess a strong “desire to learn.” Indeed, many individuals who enroll here are “exceptionally self-driven and motivated to carve their own paths.” And though students can sometimes come across as “pretentious” and “smug,” their desire to engage in “critical thought” is completely genuine. As one proud student explains, “Even at parties, you’ll find us debating philosophy or mathematics, discussing aspects of cellular biology, or hosting political conversations.” Additionally, a large number of students describe themselves as very “liberal” and most are “actively involved in social justice” causes as well. We’re also told that Simon’s Rock has a “large LGBTQ+ community...which is welcoming, diverse [and] full of pride.” Fortunately, no matter their politics or sexual orientation, undergrads here “are always kind and willing to lend a helping hand.” Another grateful student concludes, “We are like one big family. I have never seen people form relationships as deeply and as quickly as they do here.”

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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

Students Say

We’re not going to mince words; Simon’s Rock students tend to be “academically oriented.” Therefore, the majority of their “time...outside of class is spent studying.” But even these dedicated scholars kick back periodically, and there’s plenty of fun to be had when they do. To begin with, the college sponsors numerous events ranging “from poetry slams to lip sync battles and school dances.” “Open mics” are also fairly popular and well attended. And there are “always interesting guest lecturers or music performances” happening around campus as well. Additionally, many people are “incredibly active...in clubs and [with] various student-led initiatives.” As one undergrad gushes, “There are clubs for everything you can think of, in fact, I was head of Slytherin House for [the] Harry Potter Club.” And you’re in luck if you love sitting in darkened theaters! After all, students frequently host “film nights,” screening everything from “art films [and] historical pieces [to] social commentary documentaries and even Game of Thrones.” But don’t despair if you’re an individual who prefers the outdoors. There are plenty of great “hiking” trails close to the school as well as places to ski in the winter months. Trust us, no matter your passion, you’ll be able to indulge at Simon’s Rock.

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

11% participate in intramural sports
17% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Llamas)
3 Sports

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

Basketball
Soccer
Swimming

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: LGBTQ+SA (Student Alliance) Council on Equity and Inclusion subcommittee

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
admission@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, North Adams MA (museum of contemporary art in renovated mill)
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Tanglewood (music venue; summer home of Boston Symphony Orchestra)
Town of Great Barrington (shopping, restaurants)
Various skiing, hiking destinations
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
admission@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
A 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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