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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: sets kids up for success

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I wish we could have single rooms

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm an athlete and I'm very excited about the program

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Second-Tier Ivy. Excellent Academic Education

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There is too much variation in housing. I lived in a brand new dorm, with a clean bathroom practically to myself my freshman year, but I walked like half a mile to class, while some students lived in rooms where the ceilings collapsed from burst sewage pipes, and students in the new toasters lived like 100 feet from everything on campus in clean and spacious rooms.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I gave this rating because the gym is nice. Weight room is often empty, equipment is good, and there's a nice pool. It's a great gym for a small school. As for like spectator sports, that's not something Bard is well known for. Supposedly 40% of my class plays a sport. That being said, people don't go to sports games often; it's just really not part of the school's culture, which I think is a good thing in some ways. I went to a few basketball games and a few lacrosse games last year. I enjoyed myself, but these events will never be the highlights of my college years, like they might be for students at other schools.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Bard is interesting. Bard offers a unique, top tier education. Bard's (so-called) proximity to NYC and other nearby intellectual hubs, has attracted an exceptional faculty. Bard is highly respected among academics, but many people (read: employers) don't know about it. I'm pretty sure I couldn't get the education anywhere else, but the same could be said about most decent colleges. All I know is that I respect my professors a lot, and that Bard has given me some amazing opportunities. With my concentration in Africana Studies, Bard has served me well. In my first semester, there was one month when I attended a lecture by Cornell West for free through a student organization one weekend; saw Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jesse Williams and more speak at the New Yorker Festival the next; and then saw an advanced screening of an award winning documentary on the Black Panthers the week after that. Still, life there can be difficult. There are so many narcissists and its so small and isolated, its hard to escape them. The Bard culture can be unpleasant at times, but as far as am concerned its worth it.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Bard is a very safe space. If a student gets caught drinking or something, they will usually be sent to the dean but instead of being punished, they sort of check in with you throughout the semester - it's constructive rather than destructive. Just don't be stupid.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is really nice for the first two years. The newer buildings are quite beautiful. Many times the underclassmen/freshmen dorms generate great communities and create bonds that will last you throughout your four years at Bard.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports teams at Bard have very close communities. You'll see them eating meals together, hosting parties, or out and around. Luckily, Bard's sports culture is not over the top, and hierarchies that exist elsewhere disappear here.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Bard is a great place to be if you are trying to figure out who you want to be. As a student, you are challenged by rigorous coursework and profesors who push you to develop ideas and opinions. Being a student at Bard means understanding the world without convention. It's one of the hardest places I've ever adapted to, but once I entered, I'm so happy to stay and grow.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: One of the reasons why I chose Bard was because sports was not important here. While I do appreciate this immensely on one hand, I wish there was more passion towards playing sports "for fun," such as club sports. I enjoy being active if it's not too intense like a DIII sport, and I wish more students liked playing sports as a fun hobby.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My favorite thing about Bard is how liberal it is. Sure, most college environments are considered liberal but Bard students are very passionate about social and political activism. In fact, I've seen Bard on lists for 'most activist colleges.' Coming from a rather conservative area, it's very relieving to be surrounded by people with souls. Everyone here is very accepting.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As a white man I feel very safe but I have some female friends who are concerned about walking alone at dark. Also, the president is not very accommodating when it comes to sexual assault.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am very glad that I go to Bard, I can't imagine myself at another school - it is the perfect blend of nerdy and down to earth.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I don't have much experience with this yet but Bard seems to really prepare its students for the real world.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My housing situation this year has not been that great, but from what I have heard from friends and seen on other parts of campus, dorms can be very nice and the communities in them can be really positive. I hope to find that next year.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I do not have much experience with the varsity sports, but I play ultimate frisbee and it's a great time with good people. The athletic facilities could be better and more accommodating but I like that most of the money is put into academics here.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I am really enjoying my experience at Bard. My professors have been fantastic and my courses have pushed me in ways beyond academics.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking around lately, but it can be dangerous in the sense that students here by their weed laced intentionally, sexual assault is definitely a problem. But, there is campus security around that are available to give you rides around campus late at night and if you feel unsafe.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Educationally, this school is great. I've had great professors who have been incredibly passionate and their passion has been contagious for what they teach. There are tons of interesting classes offered with very knowledgable and well-regarded professors. Class sizes are for the most part around 20-25, it's really easy to talk to your professors, and it's all a very enlightening experience within the classroom.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Resources to help you get jobs over the summer, but when it comes to working while you're a student, it's almost impossible.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms on campus are a disaster, in the sense that they're very unsanitary and are very dated. But, I got lucky, and live in one of the tree houses options, which are essentially houses that have a living room, dining room, full kitchen, and laundry facility inside. The rooms are also for the most part spacious and they include individual bathrooms, so no stalls or anything like that. But, we've had some problems with cleanliness since our janitorial staff sometimes lacks in giving us paper towels, etc. But, because only 13 people live in the tree houses, you become relatively close to everyone you live with, which is great. They do a good job to make sure that you're paired with people you'll most likely get along with.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: My friend, who is on the track and field team, said the following: "Considering Bard is the lowest of all DIII sports, one does not expect much. Every team allows anyone with mild (sometimes no) experience to join. Considering the money we pay to go to this institution is not funneled into the athletic program, per request of our president, the facilities are severely lacking, we rarely recruit, and people barely even know we offer sports as an extracurricular activity outside of doing drugs, smoking outside any building, and listening to angst driven music. Cliché, I know."

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Educationally, it's fantastic. The professors are all experts in their fields and are, for the most part, very approachable. But, the location and lack of student life, student activities, and the overall community of angst-driven young adults, all leave you bored and uninspired very quickly outside of your classes.

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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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