Location
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
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1,936
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$44,798
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For a rural environment, there's plenty of different food choices in the surrounding towns (Tivoli, Red Hook, Rhinebeck), as well as lots of fast food options (Chipotle, Five Guys, etc.) in Kingston.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Everyone does their own thing and you're free to do yours. It's the best kind of apathy.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: We're not teaming with school spirit and I love that. Student spaces are available and you can do as you please and nobody bothers you.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: If you can afford it the off-campus food options aren't bad but they're a bit pricey for the average college student.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Despite all its flaws I'm glad I went to Bard.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The nightlife is almost nonexistent but I didn't mind that. I was never one for huge house parties, instead we would hang out at each other's dorms/apartments and occasionally go out.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: While the school is trying to expand the hard sciences they still have a long way to go. Premed doesn't exist at all and if you are interested in something other than the professors' specific research areas you are pretty much on your own.

2 Recent Alumnus

Majors: With biology it felt like the only options were genetics or microbiology, I wasn't particularly interested in either but there were no other options. If I could do it all over again I probably would have been a humanities major, at least I would have enjoyed my four years.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: In the four years I have been there I have never felt unsafe on campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: While the administration can be frustrating Bard's redeeming qualities come through with the classes. Sizes are small and professors are usually excited about the topics they're teaching.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Courtney Scott
Hometown
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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