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Reviews 622 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: Our school does have athletic programs.

5 College Freshman

Academics: It's Bard. Be prepared to be challenged intellectually. I love it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't dine ff campus much. its not worth it.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The only improvement I would suggest is that Bard should invest in the blue-light system, but this argument would be irrelevant because the campus is really safe.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The cabs can get pretty expensive depending on where you're going.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no pressure to drink or do drugs, and the campus is pretty much a safe space.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls are alright. Many are self-centered and out for their own gain. There are few who are husband worthy so if you're the "going steady-mariage" type, the chances of finding someone here is pretty slim. The hook up culture is HUGE. HUGEEEEEE. I have not found one guys on campus who didn't just want to hook up. Bard is like a modern Woodstock.....a bunch of pot-smoking hipsters who want to have sex and discuss philosophy.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Spots are difficult to find, you may be driving in circles for quite sometime until it clears up.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It is not as bad as people make it out to be. The food is all-organic, vegan, vegetarian, meat lovers, food lovers, there are options, just not many. The menus are very repetitive, which could be annoying.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There were some sexualities I swear people just made up on their own! The campus is one of the most diverse places that I have ever been. I have friends who come from the slums of the middle east and friends who are so wealthy, that they wouldn't have to work a day in their life, nor would their great-great-grandchildren. People are very opinionated as well, and what students bring to the table is extremely diverse because of experiences, beliefs, religions, and sexual orientation.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some really great local spots to check out! Many students fail to find them and are mislead to think that they have very few options.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The Shuttle is free to students, but runs on a really weird schedule, which may leave you stranded for a hour at the most. The Loop bus which runs to the Poughkeepsie Station is only $0.75 for students who need to catch a train. Yes $0.75. Which is great compared to taxi fees!!

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I think that the town is very cute. There are many historical and nature sites around campus. Red Hook (10 min away) doest have much, but it is nice to wander into to grab something to eat. Rhinebeck (10-15 min away) is adorable, with several high-end eateries, and a wonderful vintage movie theatre. Tivoli (8 min away) has a few good places to grab something to eat as well.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Its all on you, whether or not you decide to partake in these activities. Nobody forces you to, or will treat you any differently.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are tolerant of many things, and there have been maybe 5 minor issues during my 8 month time here. Its very laid back.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is nothing special. You really have to snatch up a house as soon as you can. Making friends with older students could really come in handy in this particular situation. If transportation shuts down and you don't have a car, you either have to find someone with a car, or you are not getting to class. The costs vary, but when split are not all that bad. The school offers no help whatsoever. Safety is prime. I think you might get a parking ticket from Officer Buddy, basically there is no crime.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The tuition is outrageous...$64,000 year including room and board....I only received $30,000 in scholarships and $1,750 in federal aid. It has been really difficult to pay off tuition.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Some of the teams are actually decent, mostly because of the recent addition of higher quality student athletes. However, the school spirit is absolutely atrocious. Many students dislike student-athletes, I don't understand why, but they are very unfriendly towards them, and game/meet/match attendance is hardly existent. I think that it will pick up in the next few years.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I had no issues entering my major, however I am Bio/Pre-Med and I am questioning why I selected this college, because I feel extremely unprepared. The sciences are very environmentally and academically based. This is definitely the place to go if you would like to end up teaching as a professor or doing research at a college.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The program is very difficult to manage with the other classes that I am required to take during my time here. Scheduling has been an issue for me as well, specifically in finding classes that do not overlap with classes that I must take. My workload as a Pre-Med student is also extremely heavy, with up to 8 hours of work a night.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security does a pretty solid job keeping issues at a low. Campus is very safe, and security is willing to pick you up if you need a ride or even if they see you walking on the side of the road they will slow down to ask if you would like a ride. They aren't really snoopy, or in your face either if there is an issue. I have only seen them handle issues with serenity and civility. Very well respected and adored. There is hardly, if any, campus crime. Aside from a bunch of pot-smoking hipsters the percentage of those who engage in criminal activity is barely noticeable.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: The labs are almost always free, because most students own laptops or desktops. Printing costs are debatable...they are not so bad. I am a bio major, therefore I do not need to print as often as some. I still have a decent amount of money on my card. Having a personal printer is ideal. The network has been shutting off and on pretty frequently lately. I have had issues connecting when I needed to. My dorm does not have WIFI like several others.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: If you are not used to or fond of snow or the cold, this is not the place for you. During these first few weeks of the spring semester (4) we have been hit with 4 major storms, and 3 minor storms. Temperatures have dropped to -6 on some nights. In the spring and late summer it can be pretty warm as well, temperatures around 85-90 at the highest, and 75 as a low.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is basically nothing to do during the winter. We are about 10-15 minutes (drive) from the nearest town that offers entertainment/ activities. Most places close around 10 o'clock at the latest as well. During the summer there are some outdoor activities in the local towns.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life in non-existant at Bard.


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Courtney Scott
Nashville, Tenn.
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What Bard students esteem most about in their overall experience is that they've had the chance to develop what so many other college students haven't-a personal connection with their school. This is deceivingly rare, as many students at big universities miss out on the things Bard students take for granted, like small, intimate classes, personal relationships with professors, and a tightly-knit community in which people share similar interests and commitments. For all of its cliquishness, Bard's student body ultimately possesses a unique understanding of itself. On the whole, Bardians seem to own the idea that, although not every person at Bard shares a friendship, each is still connected in some way by a willingness to accept what is different from him- or herself. And, while Bard students admittedly have a hard time showing compassion for conservatism or ignorance, they do welcome people of any gender, sexuality, and race.

Some suggest that Bard is like a bubble-an isolated, introverted space closed off from the rest of the world. In some ways, this is true. Things go on at Bard that don't and maybe can't go on elsewhere, and in many ways, Bard students have a pretty easy four years. Unfortunately, when they are ready to leave the college, some might find the outside world to be not quite so accepting. However, the degree to which Bard students are concerned with the goings-on in the rest of the world (evident by the number of protests and fundraisers in which they participate) suggests that Bard's bubble is blessedly incomplete-that there exists a very real connection between us and the outside world. Many Bardians are dedicated to furthering this connection, to making the planet a better place through the knowledge they take away from Bard, and this is indeed one of the finest qualities found within our school. Most students, although they complain endlessly about Bard's size and inconvenient location, could never picture themselves anywhere else.

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