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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

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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4 College Freshman

Academics: I've loved my academic experience at Bard so far. The small, seminar-style classes may not be for everyone but I have found it to be a great learning environment. It's true that the professors really care about you and want you to succeed. I've often gotten personal emails from professors if I ever seem under the weather, where they offer their help if I want it. That being said, in such a small class-environment the class dynamic is important. I've had a class or two where discussion is incredibly stilted because everyone is too intimidated/lazy to talk. Do your readings!

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4 College Freshman

Academics: academically exceptional but lacks a pre-professional focus

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Bard offers a unique, diverse blend of structure and choice when it comes to academic exploration. Courses with an enrollment averaging around a dozen Bardians allow for the intimate discussion and one-on-one student-professor interaction that wouldn’t be feasible in a larger, more impersonal lecture hall setting. Whether students are mulling over philosophy or working closely with a professor on a particular painting or musical piece, they will always receive the attention affordable in a close-knit academic environment. Many classes are fairly writing-intensive, as professors ask students to compose multiple essays related to the semester’s course work. Others focus on performative acuity or artistic risk taking.

By the end of sophomore year, most students are required to ‘moderate’ into a particular division of study (similar to declaring a major). In order to moderate, the student must first complete a certain number of requisite courses related to their major, as well as (but not always) successfully finish some sort of entrance exam or project. For instance, students moderating into the psychology program are asked to write a critical evaluation of a psychological journal essay, while students entering into the dance program are required to choreograph one or more performances. While moderation is usually a stressful time for Bardians, it ultimately helps to prepare them for future course work and the far more rigorous demands of their senior project.

Facts & Statistics

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Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
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Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
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Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 72%
  • 20 to 49 students: 28%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Division of Languages and Literature
  • Division of Mathematics and Computing
  • Division of Science
  • Division of Social Studies
  • Division of the Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other: 5%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 16%
  • Social Science Research Methods: 9%
  • Studio Arts: 7%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Henderson Computer Lab
  • Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask around about Profs before taking their class.
  • Develop close relationships with your profs, especially your advisor.
  • Don't eat at Kline every day.
  • Get away from Bard every so often (go to NYC).
  • Have an idea of your interests before coming.
  • Keep up with your work.
  • Love the subject into which you Moderate.
  • Moderate how much you party because nobody is going to do it for you.
  • Pick classes you're interested in.
  • Study in the library, not your dorm room.
  • The amount you learn is up to you.
Did You Know?
  • Bard attracts many well-recognized and world-famous academics. Writers like Chinua Achebe and John Ashbery are just a couple of the established artists teaching at the college today. Bard's Writer-in-Residence program ensures that there is never a shortage of preeminent authors frequenting campus, giving lectures, and taking time to meet with students.
  • While the college continues to uphold a strong involvement in the arts, emphasis has been placed on the sciences. In 2000, Bard College and the Rockefeller University in New York City established a collaborative program in the sciences. As result, courses have been developed for the students of each institution, including opportunities in biochemistry and molecular biology. Rockefeller will reserve places for Bard students in its Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows program.
  • In 2007, Bard opened the state-of-the-art Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation. Among its open labs and "smart classrooms," the facility contains many specialized research areas, including a zebrafish facility, and a robotics lab.
  • At Bard, students can take one-on-one tutorials with their professors. This means that students interested in a particular subject-say, anything from impressionist painting to contemporary rap music-can meet with a professor weekly, develop a personal itinerary for course work, and pursue their interests at their own pace.
  • Every semester around finals, students are invited to partake in Bard's Midnight Breakfast-a convivial convergence upon Kline Commons during which everyone can unwind, eat late-night pancakes, and embarrass themselves by singing karaoke in front of the entire school.
  • The Free Press, Bard's very own bi-monthly newspaper, received Spin magazine's "Best College Publication" award.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 44 responses

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Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 20 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 20 responses

  • 20% This was my dream school.
  • 65% This was one of my top choices.
  • 15% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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