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Reviews 443 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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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.

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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1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Sometimes I would fantasise about getting run over by a car.

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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.

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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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health services are Monday-Friday only. If you have a fever on a Saturday, you tough it out or call EMS to get escorted to the emergency room in a an ambulance. Twice I was publicly lectured for going to health services first thing Monday morning and not calling first EVEN THOUGH THEY AREN'T OPEN AT ALL ON THE WEEKENDS. That was fun.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are jocks but nobody else cares about sports. We are called 'The Raptors', but like the birds, not the dinosaurs, so that's sort of lame. The pool is great and always empty.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I do have some pretty good stories from nights 'out' (term used loosely) at Bard, but it got so old fast. Just getting wasted and snorting pills every single weekend or watching Netflix alone if for some reason you didn't feel like injecting yourself with amphetamine-infused laundry detergent that night. Campus organised events were awkward.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a lot of aid. The school is ridiculously expensive but there are enough rich kids that they basically pay for the rest of us.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Kline is OK. Gets gradually worse throughout the semester. Manor is peaceful and pretty good food-wise too. DTR lines are too long and not worth it.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in a sadness-colored plastic trailer with very thin walls. All the other people in my dorm were friends so I got to sit in my room every night listening to them have fun. Nobody had any respect for the place and it was falling apart. They wouldn't even wash their own dishes. Our RA did not meet one of my dorm mates until November and I saw her in the dorm maybe once a week. They ran out of housing for next year and are placing me somewhere random when they find the space. It was a nightmare to get them to tell me anything about where I was to be living. Moldy bathrooms.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am not worried at this point of the future.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a few bad apples in every bunch.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: But I wouldn't know. I don't party.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The admins are very trusting of us.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Without financial aid, I wouldn't be here.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is okay in almost every venue.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All of the buildings are very different in terms of their amenities. \

2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: -i wish people were as open-minded as they say/think they are.

-tyranny of the majority is prevalent

-bureaucratic non-sense is common.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Professors are great, admin is terrible.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The Bard Alumni network is stronger on OkCupid than it is in the job market.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Bard admin follows their (outdated) policies pretty well.

The problem is that someone accused of sexual assault can get the same punishment (social probation) as someone that was busted for drugs. They loop everything under the umbrella category of social probation.

2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: School spirit only exists on 4/20.

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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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