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Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
Undergrads
1,936
Tuition
$44,798
Admission Difficulty
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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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5 College Freshman

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

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Bard offers an eclectic menu of major choices, but is artistically oriented. The vast majority of students "moderate" into majors such as Studio Arts, Photography, Creative Writing, Dance, Film, and Theatre. However, there has been an increase in the percentage of students who select degrees in the sciences. The workload could be extremely intense based on the major you select, with up to 8 hours of work a night. The professors are very approachable, but could be extremely difficult to communicate with.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Extremely rigorous, but very rewarding.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are extremely challenging, but worth it.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 362nd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 396th
    Smartest Professors
  • 425th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 448th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 502nd
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtney Scott
Hometown
Nashville, Tenn.
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Bard offers a unique, diverse blend of structure and choice when it comes to academic exploration. Courses with an enrollment averaging around a dozen Bardians allow for the intimate discussion and one-on-one student-professor interaction that wouldn’t be feasible in a larger, more impersonal lecture hall setting. Whether students are mulling over philosophy or working closely with a professor on a particular painting or musical piece, they will always receive the attention affordable in a close-knit academic environment. Many classes are fairly writing-intensive, as professors ask students to compose multiple essays related to the semester’s course work. Others focus on performative acuity or artistic risk taking.

By the end of sophomore year, most students are required to ‘moderate’ into a particular division of study (similar to declaring a major). In order to moderate, the student must first complete a certain number of requisite courses related to their major, as well as (but not always) successfully finish some sort of entrance exam or project. For instance, students moderating into the psychology program are asked to write a critical evaluation of a psychological journal essay, while students entering into the dance program are required to choreograph one or more performances. While moderation is usually a stressful time for Bardians, it ultimately helps to prepare them for future course work and the far more rigorous demands of their senior project.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
183
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
135
Total FT Faculty
199
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$93,075
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Graduation Rate
79%
Programs/Majors Offered
12
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 72%
  • 20 to 49 students: 28%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Division of Languages and Literature
  • Division of Mathematics and Computing
  • Division of Science
  • Division of Social Studies
  • Division of the Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Other
Most Popular Majors
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other: 5%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 16%
  • Social Science Research Methods: 9%
  • Studio Arts: 7%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Henderson Computer Lab
  • Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask around about Profs before taking their class.
  • Develop close relationships with your profs, especially your advisor.
  • Don't eat at Kline every day.
  • Get away from Bard every so often (go to NYC).
  • Have an idea of your interests before coming.
  • Keep up with your work.
  • Love the subject into which you Moderate.
  • Moderate how much you party because nobody is going to do it for you.
  • Pick classes you're interested in.
  • Study in the library, not your dorm room.
  • The amount you learn is up to you.
Did You Know?
  • Bard attracts many well-recognized and world-famous academics. Writers like Chinua Achebe and John Ashbery are just a couple of the established artists teaching at the college today. Bard's Writer-in-Residence program ensures that there is never a shortage of preeminent authors frequenting campus, giving lectures, and taking time to meet with students.
  • While the college continues to uphold a strong involvement in the arts, emphasis has been placed on the sciences. In 2000, Bard College and the Rockefeller University in New York City established a collaborative program in the sciences. As result, courses have been developed for the students of each institution, including opportunities in biochemistry and molecular biology. Rockefeller will reserve places for Bard students in its Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows program.
  • In 2007, Bard opened the state-of-the-art Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation. Among its open labs and "smart classrooms," the facility contains many specialized research areas, including a zebrafish facility, and a robotics lab.
  • At Bard, students can take one-on-one tutorials with their professors. This means that students interested in a particular subject-say, anything from impressionist painting to contemporary rap music-can meet with a professor weekly, develop a personal itinerary for course work, and pursue their interests at their own pace.
  • Every semester around finals, students are invited to partake in Bard's Midnight Breakfast-a convivial convergence upon Kline Commons during which everyone can unwind, eat late-night pancakes, and embarrass themselves by singing karaoke in front of the entire school.
  • The Free Press, Bard's very own bi-monthly newspaper, received Spin magazine's "Best College Publication" award.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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