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Reviews 461 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Don't leave your stuff around. Bard students aren't always the most honest/ trustworthy. But the campus is generally pretty safe.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really appreciate Bard's academics. I love all my professors. They go out of their way to help you. Sometimes the classes are easier than I expect but the topics are usually interesting.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't investigated post-college prospects much; however, there are not many prominent science alumni. The humanities and arts have a lot of success after school it seems though.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a variety of options that range from very nice to trailer grunge.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: People do NOT come to Bard for sports. We don't even have a football team. Most sporting events are sparsely attended and many of the teams have a reputation for poor performance in the league. Also, very few people are athletic besides the athletes. But it honestly doesn't detract from the school in my opinion. It's just a different atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I transferred into Bard, as did a surprising number of students, likely looking for something different than the traditional university style education. The sciences are not top-notch, which should be expected from most liberal arts schools. But the curriculum has been amazingly flexible and the Biology dept has been very open to working with me to customize my educational experience to best fit my needs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: So far the academics are good. I like the small class sizes which allow professors and students to get to know each other. The professors I've had have all been pretty reliable, and they give great feedback on my work. They are all passionate about teaching, too. The workload can be very manageable, depending on what classes you take. I have found that if you put effort into your work, professors will give you very satisfying grades. If you're struggling in any of your classes, you can get tutored at the Learning Commons. I have only gone once though because I did not find it helpful.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Some classes great, others not

2 College Freshman

Athletics: No one cares about sports

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2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I always feel isolated. The academics so far are ok

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is big at bard, especially with title 9.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are really caring about students and are very lenient if you talk to them because they understand that students are also human and things can happen in our lives that would keep us from balancing everything well. Most courses are essay heavy and discussion based so participation is huge at Bard. Classes are not that big, maximum 20 students so professors are aware if you're present or not.

Most courses offered are philosophical based because they want their students to critically think about language.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Students are encouraged to apply for internships for the breaks. Some Bard organizations like Bard Center for Civic Engagement offers stipends for internships that have to do with civic engagement. This helps a lot of students who can't afford a specific internship, to be able to be a part of it. The career development office is also very involved with students because they sit down, review your resume and find you jobs that you have a good probability of getting. There is also BGIA, for students interested in taking a semester in NYC and get recruited to a very prestigious internship.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Bard really knows how to pair roommates. However, students can be really messy. The housing is overall pretty good especially when you become an upperclassman. The village and New Robbins are the best dorm on campus. The village has suitelife where students apply for their own 'apartment' like dorm with three other suitemates.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are not big on campus since we are a division three school, but people do like to participate in the sport itself or the events.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Bard is a college for very specific types of students. You will meet students who have always received everything they have ever wished for because these students come from affluent families. I, however, do not, so I do see students who have every ability to take full advantage of the education because they usually do not worry about being party of the minority group or middle/lower class. However, students do love to learn about the experiences of other people, especially people of color. I have grown to like Bard as a sophomore. I have received more than enough support from the staff/ professors because they do care and want what is best for us, this does not apply to the whole faculty, there are a few close minded professors, but I believe they can learn from their students.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Bard is very challenging academically and socially. Once you opn your mind things get easier.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Bard is a magical bubble you get to share with many other beautiful and intelligent individuals. Yeah its isolated but the people here make it so worth it, all very talented in different ways. It's not your conventional huge party college and if your an athlete you won't be seen as "popular", the grungy art kids run the social scene. Anyhow, trees everywhere and beautiful surroundings.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My campus is beautiful. The student body is diverse. The professors are valuable. So far I have enjoyed my experience at Bard, the people I have met here are easily some of the best individuals I have met in my life. If I ever feel the need for help in my classes there are a ton of resources at my fingertips. The most unique aspect at Bard is the amount of student-run operations at the school. Here, there is so much an individual student can do. For example there is a student-run Emergency Medical Service team for which I will be a part of. All in all, I am having a great college experience.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is the best you make of it honestly. If you hate it, you'll REALLY hate it. If you love it, you'll REALLY love it.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes are worth the money. Smart and demanding professors and a variety of visiting professors (from African novelists to Greek anthropologists) really challenge students to think critically. Right on the bank of the Hudson River, the campus has plenty of serene nature and an unbeatable view of the Catskills and a resident fox named Steven who you will see at least once.

Hudson Valley is experiencing a locavore renaissance that brings droves of weekend gourmands from New York City and beyond to pig out some of the best cuisine in the country. While somewhat expensive, a wide variety of truly stellar cuisine is within shuttle-reach and certainly worth the occasional splurge (~$50 for two sans booze). FlatIron in Red Hook is known for its meats like local grass-fed hanger steak and wild boar pate. Panzur in Tivoli touts experimental tapas like foie gras ganache with caramelized onion gel and ramp ash. Menus usually boast which ingredient is sourced from which of the small farms that pepper pastoral Dutchess, Ulster and Greene counties. Students who can memorize these ever-changing seasonal menus and work 6-10 hours without sitting down or complaining can make great money waiting part-time.

As for the downside, with the steep tuition (although there is plenty of aid) comes New York and LA's most obnoxious nouveau riche millennials. That's not to say that there aren't many nice, interesting, down-to-earth students, but they are often overshadowed by gaggles of over-privileged kids who love to hate on anything and anyone that isn't their particular brand of "nonconformity." The prevailing style more often than not pairs True Religion with ironic thrift apparel. Despite the remarkable similarity in fashion, each clique delights in ridiculing each others' decidedly uncool style and demeanor. This leaves many of the aforementioned down-to-earth, smart and often financially-aided population with chronic feelings of alienation.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I loved my classes! Except freshman seminar. Intelligent, respected professors and good class discussions and a good amount of course options. It is difficult to actually get into any of your top-choice classes though, especially as a freshman.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Small classes with profs who really do care, and are happy to meet with you. I've learned a lot and genuinely feel like it is a good education. Bard still sucks though.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Internships are fairly easy to get, and you do make connections, despite what people say.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Lots of tortured souls who would like to tell you about their parents' divorce at length, then maybe explain the plot of "Inception", layer by layer.

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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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