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Bard College is "built on a very unique philosophy of the liberal arts," one that "truly values education for the sake of self-growth." To that end, every student's academic "experience is entirely customizable." Nevertheless, no matter their course load, all undergrads here are taught to think "critically, [to continually ask] questions…and [to follow through on] those questions." But these students wouldn't have it any other way! Certainly, prospective students should take note—the academics here are quite "rigorous." And virtually every major culminates in a massive "senior project" that requires "substantial independent work."

Inside the classroom, students are greeted by "incredible" professors who genuinely "care about teaching and mentoring." They are also "strong researchers as well" and make a concerted effort to "bring their research into [their classes] and into the community." They truly look to "involve students in almost everything they do." As one photography major boasts, "The classes are what make Bard an amazing school. I could not be happier academically."

Student Body

When asked to describe their peers, undergrads here are quick to note that their fellow students are "unique, free-spirited, deviant, and epitomize critical thinking." Indeed, the average Bard student loves "intellectual conversations and enjoy[s] rehashing…topics [discussed in class]." An anthropology major further expounds, "We are always critiquing some aspect of the school, then relating this critique to one of the larger societal structures that we live in." Therefore, it's none too surprising when a sociology major tells us that "Bardians are [also] go-getters, self-motivated, driven, and thoughtful. We challenge authority and all social conventions." We've also been assured that "there isn't much competition between students when it comes to grades or classes. People are just supportive of the projects their peers are working on." Many undergrads here readily admit that they "felt in some way like outsiders in high school." Fortunately, once they arrive at Bard, "a lot of people seem to bond over their weirdness." Perhaps this supremely satisfied student puts it best, "I have been spoiled by my friendships here at Bard; I don't know where else I could find people this interesting and relationships this fulfilling."

Campus Life

Though this is a small campus in a small town, there is no lack of engaging activity. For starters, the college itself sponsors "a multitude of cultural events, from having Edward Snowden speak [remotely]…to great bands playing at one of our venues." Bard also has a thriving performing arts scene. "There's probably a student production to see on average every other week or more. Students, [even] as non-majors, can easily produce their own shows. Plus, we have the Fisher Center, a Broadway-sized theatre that often hosts operas, dance troupes, and plays." Undergrads who tend to be more of the outdoorsy type will be thrilled to discover that "Bard is also surrounded by hiking trails, with easy access to our own private waterfall!" Of course, during those cold winter nights, "'Netflix and chill' is a reliable option." Even in inclement weather, "it's generally pretty easy to find people to go build snowmen with or go ice skating." Lastly, for those curious, Bard maintains a "very low-key party scene." A history major further explains, "Most of the larger parties happen at off-campus houses in Red Hook or Tivoli, the two surrounding towns where many students live. It can get repetitive, but I enjoy how you end up seeing/partying with similar people every weekend."


Acceptance Rate

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 670
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 690

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 710

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

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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
  • Irish 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

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Finance, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

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

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other

  • 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



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


Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
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Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

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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)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


58% female
42% male
66% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time


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

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
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Athletic Division
Division III

23% participate in intramural sports
13% 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

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

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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

Mackie Siebens
Deputy Director of Admissions

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
Reem-Kayden Center for Science and Computation
Museum @ Center for Curatorial Studies
Levy Economics Institute - Blithewood Mansion
In January, 2016 Bard purchased Montgomery Place, a 380-acre estate adjacent to the Bard campus, with significant historic and cultural assets. The estate consists of a historic mansion, a farm, and some 20 smaller buildings. The László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building: 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
Mills Mansion
Dia - Beacon
Roosevelt Home, Val Kill

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9am, 10am, 2pm, 3pm
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

Contact Email Address for Visit

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).

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