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Reviews 491 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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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.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, mostly because of its location. It is secluded so I can mostly trust that people I see on campus are affiliated with the school or the neighboring communities. I am thankful that our campus security truly prioritizes the safety and wellbeing of its students over any kind of disciplinary action. I am also thankful that there is rarely a police presence on campus, as this is very threatening to me. Other than each others bikes, I feel that the students mostly respect one another's personal property.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Classes and professors are the best thing about this school. The sizes are relatively small, and you truly feel like your professors know you and care about you. You get to share your ideas and opinions with them and your classmates and this is a mutually beneficial experience. There is great variety in the courses offered and lots of different specific interests can be explored.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The experience of living on campus greatly depends on where you live. Personally I have had a positive experience. Although my room is very small, the school did a great job pairing me with a roommate that I get along with. I would not say that the dorm I live in is the most spacious, clean, or well built, but it is also not the worst on campus. It is very private and quiet for the most part. I think a great thing about this school is you can really choose what kind of on campus living situation you'd like to be in based on your preferred life style.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I would say that most people at my school are not concerned with sports, unless they have been recruited to play sports there. It is not a culture which permeates this school, and most people prefer it this way. Personally I am not involved with sports so I could not adequately speak about the facilities. I use the gym and for me it is an effective space, but I have heard some athletes say that it is subpar in their opinion. I do not attend sporting events, but I get the impression that there is little school spirit, or at least that the school spirit does not revolve around sports.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: When I chose this school initially it was because it met all the criteria I was looking for: personality, a beautiful campus, small classes, liberal thinkers, approachable professors, interesting courses, etc.... I still very much feel this way about the school. I have no regrets about my choice as I feel that I have met many incredible people, made extremely valuable connections with my educators, and had many opportunities to attend fascinating events and talks. I feel that there is a sense of community at my school and I am proud to belong to it. However it is very difficult for me that the school is so expensive and money is always at the forefront of my mind. A lot of facilities at the school (laundry for example), seem to be geared towards making a large profit off of the students. Another example is the food. It is extremely expensive and there is not much variety. I wish I did not have to consistently struggle with money while I am receiving my education.

1 College Junior

Campus Housing: Well there were trailers for dorms for some of the first years when I first started at Bard, so there's that. But if you need a dorm, there will definitely be a bed and a sink and a toilet available on campus for you somewhere.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: i chose "it's the best" because it is the best because there is no greek life and i love bard because of that and also other reasons. so yes, it's very had to be accepted by a sorority or fraternity because there aren't any. some people fear that as the sports community grows so will the possibility of fraternities or sororities cropping up. but i don't think that will happen. just no

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Academically speaking, I love Bard completely. Classes were always great- reading material well thought out, students active and attentive during discussions, teachers excited and always willing to meet outside of class if you needed help, etc. But socially speaking, I've found my favorite people here and my least favorite people here. I've been my healthiest and I've been in the ER here. I have been loved and I have been physically assaulted. I've seen actually green pizza in Kline, and I've tasted the best kale salad of my life so far at a restaurant in Rhinebeck. Bard is a place of extremes and I strangely wouldn't take any of it back.

5 College Junior

Athletics: i chose "it's the best" on the rating option because no body cares about sports and so "it's the best" because that's what i want in a college. although since i've started here sports have become a bigger presence on campus and that is unsettling to not just me but a lot of bard kids. we like the bard with no sports.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I do not associate with drugs so I do not know about the drug safety.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Beautiful campus with lots of diversity in the student population.

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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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