Bard College

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PO Box 5000

Annandale on Hudson, NY 12504

Phone: (845) 758-6822
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Bard College is a private institution that was founded in 1860. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,051, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bard College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 38. Its tuition and fees are $46,370 (2013-14).

Bard College’s setting is less like a typical campus than a vast village spread out across 500 acres of parks and woodland. Located in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., the secluded school is close to the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. Many students have views of the campus’s nearby scenery from their dorm rooms. First-year students must live in one of more than 40 residence halls and houses,  on campus, some of which have “alcohol free,” “quiet” and “wellness” themes. For outdoor recreation, students can go horseback riding, canoeing, hiking and biking. There are nearly 100 clubs on campus, and students are welcome to start new organizations. There is no Greek system at Bard. About half of Bard students study abroad before graduation. There are tons of student volunteer options, including one that sends students to maximum- and medium-security jails throughout New York to tutor inmates. The Bard Raptors sports teams are members of the NCAA Division III Liberty League. Freshmen at Bard start college earlier than their peers at most other schools, arriving in early August for a three-week orientation to campus, academic and community life known as the Language and Thinking Program.

For day trips, New York City is 90 miles from campus and easily accessible by train. Students have several options for longer stays in the Big Apple, too. Through the Bard-Rockefeller Semester in Science, students can enroll in an intensive semester of research and study at New York’s Rockefeller University. Students live at Rockefeller and work in the university’s laboratories. Students can spend also spend a semester or two in New York through the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, which pairs students with internships in international relations and human rights areas. In addition to its undergraduate offerings, Bard has unique graduate degree options such as a master’s of music in conducting through its Conservatory of Music and a doctorate of philosophy in decorative arts. Notable alumni of Bard College include journalist Matt Taibbi; actor Christopher Guest; and the founders of Steely Dan, musicians Donald Fagen and Walter Becker.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Perhaps best expressed by Professor Chinua Achebe: "What you want to do as a teacher is to make people aware of the complexity of experience - that our little corner is real and very important, but it is not the whole. And we should make the effort to understand as much of the rest as we can possibly manage. This is not a threatening position: it is an enriching one. This is what education should aim to do: to draw out from us what is there so that it can interact with what's outside."

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1860
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Bard College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early action deadline is November 1. The application fee at Bard College is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 35.2 percent.

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Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 35.2%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bard College is 10:1, and the school has 76.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bard College include: Visual and Performing Arts; Social Sciences; English Language and Literature/Letters; Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 67%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 32%
Social Sciences 18%
English Language and Literature/Letters 13%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5%

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Student Life

Bard College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,051, with a gender distribution of 43.7 percent male students and 56.3 percent female students. At this school, 73 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 27 percent of students live off campus. Bard College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,322
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Bard College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Bard College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bard College, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Bard College.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bard College, 68 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $31,912.

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Tuition and fees $46,370 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,502 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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