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Reviews 285 total reviews with an average rating of 3.1

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I would never regret Simon's Rock, for all that administration is a nightmare creature from the Black Lagoon. It's a wonderful, tiny school, full of fantastic minds, and has a stellar reputation amongst most Northeast colleges should you wish to transfer or attend graduate, especially for being so young!

The people and professors here are why I came - what they need to do is revamp the campus all-around, particularly wifi and cellular access. There is NO cell tower, and we live on a literal mountain. The students need one. Legend has it, the battle is with the town over a tower blocking potential views, but there's only 300-400 students, and they could place it in a completely unnoticeable locale. It's just unacceptable and irresponsible to not have firm contact, especially given that there is no blue light system, poor campus lighting, regular blackouts and flash floods, tornado warnings, and only one to two security officers on call at any given time, who do NOT wander the campus, but stay in their booth and must be CALLED with a PHONE if you need assistance. It's a risk at this point not to build one. I myself was there for two years, and experienced two flash floods - one of which was during a blackout in which the generator gave out, and was stuck on a flooded hill up to my knees at 9:30pm in the pitch blackness of November in the Berkshires. I was knocked down by the water onset. I was in danger - this was also the fault of the professor, Bernard "Bernie" Rodgers, who, despite the EMERGENCY LIGHTS flashing on after the generator failed, and wild winds and water whipping about, threatened his class that the students who left early would not be credited for the day's work - this was with 30minutes left of a 3 hour class, during an actual emergency situation. By the time class concluded, the emergency lights had turned off, and the students were stranded. He himself offered no assistance to anyone - this, to me, was a severe scar on an otherwise fine experience.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletics are not a big part of Simon's Rock, and if you care immensely about them, perhaps this school is not the best fit. We do not participate in varsity, many teams do not compete at all, and there are no games to be watched.

That being said, lots of students enjoy outdoor activities and athletic exercise in general, and many make use of the gym, which is in fine condition. The field is what is pathetic - since there's no soccer team or any some such, there are no proper fields, but the only one that exists is literally just an unmarked, plain, open field. It's a bit of an embarrassment, and a school of this standing should invest in proper outdoor facilities.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Greek Life: Depending on how you view it, considering there is no greek life.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The coaches are wonderful but students do not come here for the sports, they come for the education. That being said it has fantastic facilities and the teams do pretty well.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Good personal experience but have heard complaints.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it here. I'm learning, I've made amazing friends. All I could have asked for.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman are okay, others better. Great community.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Not in varsity myself, but many fun club sports!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is amazing for the opportunity it gives.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: High school for me was bland, uninformative, and very unfocused on the individual needs of each student. Simon's Rock is the complete opposite! Not only did I get to start my college career a year early, but I also ended up on an academic path much more intense and fulfilling than I could get in many other places. Here there is a close relationship between professors and students which fosters a productive and highly educational experience. Personally, after just my freshman year I was able to acquire a summer internship wherein I got invaluable work and learning opportunity that I likely could not get in most other institutions so early on. To be challenged and involved in an academic setting is something I have not had for a long time and having that now is something I would never trade!

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Overall, I am very satisfied with my experience. The courses are interesting, challenging, and discussion or research based, and this really helped me go more in depth with my ideas and learn how to write better. The school has great internship opportunities, and allows for you to work with your professors on finding work or studies that are catered to your own interests. The only catch is that this is a small campus with a small class size in a small town, but this becomes manageable with so many activities on campus and the fact that NYC or Boston is 2 hours away at most. The work here has meaning and nothing is "taught to the test", most things you learn are above and beyond what a standardized test would expect of you. This is wonderful if you are interested in learning deeply and richly and in surpassing what the normal academic college experience would be like. This isn't an ordinary school, and that's what makes it so appealing.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school is an early college, meaning most of the students are minors. I wish I had realized I wouldn't be getting the independent, social college experience I had expected, when coming here. Otherwise, I love my school.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: If I was sent back in time to the beginning of my sophomore year in high school, when I first received the flyer for Simon's Rock, I would apply again. This has been a unique experience that I highly doubt I would have gotten anywhere else. I have been taught how to read, write, think, and learn at the college level before my high school classmates even started college. The classes here are challenging, and the assignments at times stressful, but successfully overcoming the challenges thrown my way has been rewarding beyond belief. The school is small and in a rural area, and while I prefer larger campuses in more urban areas, I love the small class sizes and attention given to each student by professors and faculty. The professors are amazing; they are as much teachers as friends. I definitely think that Simon's Rock is unique in that the professors are so engaged with their students both academically and on a more personal level.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: In Bard College at Simon's Rock, I learned how to study whatever I like. The professors, including my academic adviser, are very helpful in a way that they not only care about the students' academic experiences, but also their life in this new college environment. As me, being a second year freshman studying abroad in Simon's Rock, I feel that my campus is my second home. Furthermore I most valuable thing I learned in these past semesters is that I know how to set up a goal for the next period of my life. I found the direction of what type of person should I be as well as what career I really want for the rest of my life. I am really glad that I chose to come to Simon's Rock.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Simon's Rock is the best decision I've made so far in the academics realm. I was at first skeptical when the Admissions team said that Simon's Rock has a more rigorous curriculum than most of the other schools in the entire country. But when I actually got here and sat in the classes as a freshman, I was deeply impressed by the maturity and the open-mindedness of the fellow young students here, and of course - SRC's liberal arts education at its best. Though it is a really small school, and Great Barrington is kind of small for a college environment (there isn't much to do here in this small town), we can always find ways to challenge ourselves and have fun at the same time. The professors here are the best in their fields, and they truly care about their students. We don't call them professor or Mr. and Mrs. something, we just call them by their first names. To students, the professors are more like peers instead of superior individuals. The engagement in class is wonderful, given that everyone (quiet or talkative) is participating and contributing to the conversation. Staff on campus are also very responsible and caring. And one best thing about Simon's Rock is its huge campus and beautiful scenery - you can't get enough of it :D

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Simon's Rock is an interesting place. Everyone is very sophisticated academically, but many people are still quite young mentally and emotionally, which can put a damper on the social life for someone who isn't that way. Still, everyone here is definitely an individual, and as someone who is in their third year, I will say that Simon's Rock was not cliquey at all when I first got here and has become slightly cliquey in recent years but still not nearly as much as at any high school I've ever seen. Because everyone is so different, the pool of options for who one might want to be friends with changes frequently and is often quite vast and varied. The academic experience is by far the best aspect of the school: the teachers are all amazing and personable, and classes are personalized because students here really get to form relationships with their professors. Most people who stay do so for the intensive, personalized, world-class education opportunities. The only downfall of the academic program in my opinion is that since the school is so small, not everything that needs to be offered every semester is, so you have to pick and choose your classes very, very carefully, because you might not have another chance to take a given class. The other (related) downfall is that the academic departments are so small that it can be hard to get as much out of them as you need. For instance, I realized I wanted to be a sociology major right before the professor of sociology and African American studies left for sabbatical for a year, so for a year I couldn't take any classes within my major, which set me behind in my track to my academic goals. Again, though, the professors themselves are amazing people and amazing educators! Shoutout to Anne, Becky, Francisca, Chris Coggins... ye.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I really love this school and the professors.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Discussion based classes is what encouraged me to apply in the first place, and that is what i look forward to most

5 College Junior

Administration: Security is not super strict.

4 College Junior

Athletics: it's fine if you aren't a sports fanatic

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Simon's Rock has a lot of problems, both administratively and community-wise. I know so many people who have had bad experiences that my feelings towards the school are very complicated. But Simon's Rock is a very special place and I really love it. Personally, I've had a great time here, and that's probably because it's a very specific type of place and it's one I can do well in. If nothing else, there are a variety of weird and interesting people, and a lot of weird and cool spaces. The academics are great and will make everything worth it for you if they have classes in what you're interested in.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I mean, it's college food. Chartwells at least provokes interesting conversations...

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Administration: I understand that the administration is strict because we're all younger here, but I honestly think that campus policy as far as Security goes is terrible. I feel like they treat us like children and look to get us in trouble. I definitely don't feel like Security is there for my safety; I feel like they want to get me in trouble so they can fine me. I also know many people who have had terrible experiences with them. I haven't personally, but I just don't feel like Security contributes to a safer feeling on campus. They discourage community, they discourage gatherings, and they discourage spaces where people feel comfortable—which is really important to campus atmosphere and is probably why campus is dead most nights.

The administration is also just unreasonable on a lot of things like housing and special requests and just generally make everything more difficult than it needs to be.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Every building has its pros and cons. The Tridorms, the three dorms on lower campus, were part of the original buildings planned by the school's founder. Built sometime between 1966 and 1970, they have a lot of history. But they're kind of falling apart. Kendrick (co-ed) was the last dorm renovated, in 2008. It's in good shape, and is usually clean. Community depends on the people who are put in it. Rooms are small but if you organize your beds right it's fine, feels a lot less sterile than rooms in Dolliver or Crosby, which are usually split down the middle. Dolliver, the all-boys dorm, has a great community, a great lounge, and a prevalent video game culture. But it's not in great shape. Crosby is also kind of falling apart. Crosby rooms are generally a lot larger than any others, but the singles are tiny. (Whoever wrote that the singles are big below was wrong.) Crosby has a very bad atmosphere.

All the Tridorms are close to everything. They're probably the worst dorms on campus, but saying that is saying something because they're definitely not that bad.

Hill House is also on lower campus (again, whoever wrote below...wrong), and houses sophomores and up. It's very nice, very clean and new building, large rooms. There's a lounge on every floor with a kitchen and multiple study lounges, too.

Upper campus holds Pibly and Carriage. Pibly is very nice apartment-style housing for juniors and seniors. Carriage is going to be used for Bard Academy students next year, but it was a nice option while it existed.

Sometimes the school opens up one of the Mansfield houses or the Orchard houses (usually used for faculty) to students if there's not enough room. Next year, one of the Orchard houses will be open. That's going to be very cool; these houses all used to be used as student housing when Simon's Rock had more people going to it.

Overall, I really like the housing at Simon's Rock...the buildings are full of history, weird feelings and quirkiness.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Depeds o the day and who is cooking at snack bar.


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