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Bard College

Bard College Rating: 3.5/5 (13 votes)

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Founded in 1860, Bard College is located in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York. This liberal arts college prides itself on combining traditional teaching methods with innovative ideas and theories that provide a transformative education to students from all over the world. The college’s mission is to not only provide the highest quality education available to all of its students, but to also teach students how to think creatively and apply their ideas to real-world issues.

The college offers a competitive athletics organization that provides students to participate in several different intercollegiate sports as well as offering numerous different club and intramural sports. There is a state-of-the-art fitness facility that provides students a place to work out, take many different fitness classes and learn about proper nutrition and exercise. The surrounding area also provides unlimited options for outdoor enthusiasts year-round. On-campus housing is offered on a beautiful, rolling campus and there are a plethora of student organizations.


There are over forty bachelor’s degrees as well as two dual degree programs and several graduate degrees. The degrees are offered in four different divisions of study. Students may also pursue an interdivisional degree which entails taking classes across divisions and receiving a degree that is dependent upon the senior project. Students receive an education that teaches them to be leaders and independent thinkers and to communicate those thoughts powerfully and effectively.


There are several unique ways that Bard offers specialized, innovative educational opportunities to their students. All students are required to take two semesters of freshman seminar that introduces them to cultural and intellectual experiences that serve as an excellent base for the rest of their educations. The seminar focuses on a series of texts that teach students about liberal arts and how it applies to them, as well as works by philosophers and great thinkers from both the past and present.

Students are also assigned a freshman advisor with which they meet at critical times during the year. The advisor serves to help the student transition to college life and choose a major that meets their needs and skill sets. Finally, to complete the freshman experience, students take first-year electives that allow them to explore different fields in order to make informed choices regarding their future education.

The Bard-Rockefeller Semester in Science gives undergraduates the chance do graduate-level research at the satellite research center at the Rockefeller University. In addition, the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program offers students that are interested in politics and international affairs the opportunity to study in New York City.


Graduate programs include several different environmental programs that cover such topics as environmental policy and climate science, as well as several environmental dual degrees with Pace Law School and the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program.


The Bard Conservatory of Music also offers a master’s program in addition to their undergraduate degrees. Students wishing to study conducting or vocal performing may do so at the graduate level. These are only a few of the many programs in which students may pursue post-baccalaureate study, and many of the programs are unique to this college.

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Admission is extremely competitive; they only accept about ten percent of all applicants. Students with the highest chance of acceptance have proven themselves to be extremely dedicated in high school by taking honors or advanced placement courses while maintaining a high GPA. It is recommended that high school students take four years each of English, math, social studies, laboratory science, and foreign language. The college also looks closely at the student as a person as well, preferring to accept candidates that are proven creative thinkers and leaders because they want only students that will take full advantage of all of the opportunities that they offer.

Students may either choose to complete the Common Application or the Bard Application, both of which are available online. Other requirements for the application packet include two essay questions, a minimum of two letters of recommendation from teachers and the Common Application guidance counselor recommendation and school report. Finally, students must submit official high school transcripts. The SAT or ACT is not required but students may submit them for consideration if they so choose. Admissions may schedule a personal interview, so be prepared for one.

Students who have extremely high grades are encouraged to attend an Immediate Decision Plan session. This is for the strongest candidates. Students attend a seminar and meet with an admissions counselor, and the college makes a decision on the spot. Students who have Bard at the top of their list of school choices should apply during the Early Action phase. The Early Action phase requires that the application packet be complete by November 1. Students that are not accepted during this phase will be considered for admittance again during the regular admissions process. The Regular Admissions session has a deadline of January 1.

There are different application processes for transfer students and international students, so these applicants should refer to the school for a complete list of requirements and deadlines. There are several different graduate schools as well, and each has its own application procedure so graduate candidates will need to confer with the school for requirements.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the forms of scholarships, grants, and federally-subsidized loans as well as fellowship programs and need-based institute scholarships. The first thing that a student needs to do to start the financial aid process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which is available online. The student will need to have financial information for both themselves and their family, so applicants should have this information readily available when they begin the application.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4088th for the average student loan amount.
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The Raptors is an NCAA Division III athletic organization that offers numerous opportunities for students to participate in sports at the varsity level as well as team and club sports. The college’s colors are black and white. Students that wish to participate at the varsity level may choose from either men’s or women’s basketball, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, tennis, volleyball and cross country. Men also have the option of playing squash.

There are many club and team sports available for people that do not want to invest the time and effort necessary to compete at the varsity level. There are equestrian teams as well as rugby, fencing, ultimate frisbee, and several others. There are also numerous classes that students may take in order to learn more about such activities as tai-chi, yoga, bellydancing, and aerobics.

Information Summary

Ranks 63rd in New York and 550th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.26
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.04
Burglary 22 0.95
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.04
Arrest N/A N/A

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3619

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 14th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $45,730 $45,730 $45,730
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $640 $640 $640
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,429 $1,429 $1,429
FT Graduate Tuition $31,517 $31,517 $31,517
FT Graduate Required Fees $834 $834 $834
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,204 $1,204 $1,204
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $62,572 $62,572 $62,572
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $59,070 $59,070 $59,070
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $52,870 $52,870 $52,870

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $43,306 $44,798 $43,306 $44,798 $43,306 $44,798
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $950(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,286 $12,782
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,750(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,000 $10,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,750(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,550(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$69
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,466 (1,968 male / 3,498 female)
Admitted 2,056 (823 male / 1,233 female)
Admission rate 38%
First-time Enrollment 489 (229 male / 260 female)
FT Enrollment 489 (229 male / 260 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment2,355

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
NCAA Track & Field Conference Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,450
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$6,582
Board Fee$6,920

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 70 88 84 62 3 444 163 914
Accounting and Finance 2 2
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 9 25 34
Biological and Physical Sciences 23 5 3 2 42 9 84
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 5 3 2 1 69 16 96
Environmental Science 1 1 9 10 21
Fine/Studio Arts, General 7 4 8 1 1 85 30 136
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 64 62 49 109 2 286
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 2 3
Music Performance, General 7 1 7 8 23
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 8 24 33
Social Sciences, General 25 10 7 5 1 92 18 158
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 1 3 1 12 21 38

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 256th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $97,232 ($102,852 male / $87,864 female)
Number of FT Faculty 174 (96 male / 78 female)
Number of PT Faculty 347
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $9,707,899

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