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Bard College

The pennant terms Bard "A Place To Think," and even a few minutes with longtime president, conductor and author Leon Botstein will reinforce that impression. The expansive campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, 100 miles north of New York City, has everything from traditional college buildings to a Gilded Age mansion with a majestic view of the river to a Frank Gehry-designed performing arts center with an undulating roof of shining metal. The eclectic style befits a place that encourages freedom of thought and expression, including the annual "Drag Race," when students cross-dress. Athletics may be a rumor.

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Selectivity
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Education Quality
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Influence
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Environment
Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College

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Overview

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The pennant terms Bard "A Place To Think," and even a few minutes with longtime president, conductor and author Leon Botstein will reinforce that impression. The expansive campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, 100 miles north of New York City, has everything from traditional college buildings to a Gilded Age mansion with a majestic view of the river to a Frank Gehry-designed performing arts center with an undulating roof of shining metal. The eclectic style befits a place that encourages freedom of thought and expression, including the annual "Drag Race," when students cross-dress. Athletics may be a rumor.

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Reviews

Bardians take pride in diversity, whether racial , geographical or ideological.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges

Bard provides interested students with a unique type of liberal arts education and the opportunity to explore all kinds of enjoyable activities.

The Insider's Guide to Colleges

The school requires two admissions essays; expect both to be very carefully scrutinized by the admissions office.

The Princeton Review

Classes tend to be small and rigorous, focused more on class discussion than lecturing.

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Student Life

Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 2,014
Gender 44% Male / 56% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 96% Full Time / 4% Part Time
Geography 33% In State / 67% Out of State / 9% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 23% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 59%
International 10%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 13%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Freshman allowed to have car. Pets allowed in dorms.

74% of students live on-campus.

99% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Theme Housing
  • Wellness Housing
  • Women's Dorms

Activities

Student Publications: Bard Free Press

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Opera
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Drama/Theater
  • Student-Run Film Society
  • Campus Ministries
  • Model UN

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center reduced course load remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, student center dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections student web hosting available wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling chaplain/spiritual director career counseling economically disadvantaged students services employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling health services minority students services personal counseling placement services for graduates adult (re-entering) student services/programs women's services
  • Facilities: ecology field station contiguous to hudson river estuary preserves, curatorial studies and art center, museum of late 20th-century art, archaeological field school, economics institute, center for studies in decorative arts, design and culture; performing arts center, science center
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration double major independent study internships student-designed major english as a second language (esl) dual enrollment of high school students
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (36%), Social Sciences (20%), Fine/Studio Arts (17%), English Language and Literature/Letters, Other (12%), Biological and Physical Sciences (10%), Music Performance (1%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

Any instructional program in English language and literature not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A program that generally prepares individuals to master musical instruments and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers. Includes instruction on one or more specific instruments from various instrumental groupings.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

Associates

A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

Bachelor's

An integrated or combined program in accounting and finance that prepares individuals to function as accountants and financial managers or analysts.

Job Opportunities:

Financial Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities, and other financial activities of a branch, office, or department of an establishment.
Accountants and Auditors
Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.
Budget Analysts
Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports.
Financial Analysts
Conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.

Bachelor's

A program that is either a general synthesis of one or more of the biological and physical sciences, or a specialization which draws from the biological and physical sciences.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

Any instructional program in multi/interdisciplinary studies not listed above.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the general study of human social behavior and social institutions using any of the methodologies common to the social sciences and/or history, or an undifferentiated program of study in the social sciences.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other
All social scientists and related workers not listed separately.
Social Science Research Assistants
Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other
All postsecondary social sciences teachers not listed separately.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Administration & Faculty

Executive Vice President Dimitri Papadimitriou
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 194
Student : Faculty Ratio 10 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 55 : 44
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 41
Tenure Track Faculty 23
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 35

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 5.0 N/A 1.0
AP Chinese Language and Culture 5.0 N/A 1.0
AP Computer Science A 5.0 N/A 1.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 72/100
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Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 37.6% accepted of 5,466 applications

97% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
95% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
60% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Talent Ability, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Character Personal Qualities, Application Essay, Academic GPA

Important: Volunteer Work, Work Experience

Also Considered: Class Rank, State Residency, Religious Affiliation Commitment, Racial Ethnic Status, Level Of Applicants Interest, Interview, Geographical Residence, Alumni Relation, First Generation College Student

Admission Requirements

Optional: Standardized Test Scores

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
Science Lab 0 3
History 0 4
English 0 4
Math 0 4
Science 0 4
Social Studies 0 4
Foreign Language 0 4

Other Application Information: Please contact college for information about its use of SAT scores SAT Subject Tests SAT ACT

Deadlines

November

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Early Decision
November

1

Early Action
January

1

Regular Decision

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $26,774 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $16,364
$30K-$48K $21,395
$48K-$75K $25,999
$75K-$110K $29,411
$110K+ $39,038

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $45,730, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $45,730 Same as On-Campus
Fees $640 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,502 $10,000
Books $950 $950
Total (before financial aid) $60,822 $57,320

Students Receiving Aid

70% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 55% $5,505
Federal Scholarships/Grants 27% $4,954
Institutional Grants 69% $31,582
Other Federal Grants 22% $1,342
Other Loans 5% $9,691
Pell Grants 23% $4,505
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 16% $3,311
Student Loans 57% $6,186

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.bard.edu/financialaid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/bard.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

60% of students graduated on time.

73% of students graduated in six years.

88% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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Athletics

Athletics

Bard College participates in the NCAA Division III for college athletics.

Athletic Score: 40/100
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Athletics
Sport Contact
Soccer Andy McCabe (Get recruited )
Basketball Adam Turner (Get recruited )
Squash Craig Thorpe-Clark (Get recruited )
Baseball Ed Kahovec (Get recruited )
Tennis Andrew Constant (Get recruited )
Volleyball Stefanie Carrington (Get recruited )
Track and Field and Cross Country Fred Pavlich (Get recruited )
Lacrosse Tucker Kear (Get recruited )
Swimming Christine Berg (Get recruited )
Sport Coach
Basketball Sarah Cartmill (Get recruited )
Soccer Bill Kelly (Get recruited )
Lacrosse Mary Kate Scardillo (Get recruited )
Tennis Andrew Constant (Get recruited )
Track and Field and Cross Country Fred Pavlich (Get recruited )
Volleyball Stefanie Carrington (Get recruited )

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Rankings

Forbes

#154 America's Top Colleges

The Princeton Review

#1 Colleges: Best Classroom Experience
#4 Colleges: Most Liberal Students
#5 Colleges: Least Religious Students
#7 Colleges: Most Accessible Professors
#7 Colleges: Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians
#9 Colleges: Professors Get High Marks
#14 Colleges: Most Politically Active Students
#16 Colleges: LGBT-Friendly
N/A Best Colleges (Northeastern)
N/A Colleges: Best Value Colleges for 2014 - Private

U.S. News & World Report

#45 National Liberal Arts
#47 National Liberal Arts Colleges High School Counselor Rankings

Washington Monthly

#58 Liberal Arts Colleges - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
#95 Liberal Arts Colleges - Peace Corps Rank
#107 Liberal Arts Colleges - Research Expenditures Rank
#125 Liberal Arts Colleges - Community Service Participation Rank
#125 Liberal Arts Colleges - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#139 Liberal Arts Colleges - ROTC Rank
#197 Liberal Arts Colleges - Graduation Rate Rank
#205 Affordable Elite Colleges - Overall Rank
#207 Liberal Arts Colleges - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#212 Liberal Arts Colleges - Overall Rank
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