Bard College

Campus Description

Bard offers a writing-intensive interdisciplinary curriculum and core academic program. The 1 to 10 faculty-student ratio supports challenging opportunities: accelerated degree programs, self-designed majors, small and rigorous classes, tutorials, and a required senior project.
Located on 600 acres in the historic Hudson River Valley, the campus offers tranquility for serious study; its proximity to New York City (90 miles to the south) complements its academic and cultural life. The approximately 2,000 undergraduates come from more than 60 countries and nearly all states.

30 Campus Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504


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Degrees Offered

Associate (at the Bard High School Early Colleges and through Bard Prison Initiative), Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate


Varsity Sports: NCAA Division III: Women's: basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball. Men's: baseball, basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, squash, swimming, track and field, tennis, volleyball.
Intramural Sports: Women's: badminton, basketball, bowling, golf, softball, squash, tennis, volleyball. Men's: badminton, basketball, bowling, golf, softball, squash, tennis, volleyball.
Club Sports: Men's and Women's: equestrian, fencing, rugby, ultimate frisbee, floor hockey, mini-golf, dodgeball, kickball, indoor soccer, flag football.

Clubs and Activities

Over 150 student organizations and clubs. The five largest include: International Student Organization, Model United Nations, Social Action Workshop, Student Government, Student Newspaper. A list of student clubs can be found at

Featured Programs

Opened in spring, 2013, the László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building, a state-of-the-art teaching and performance facility, addresses the growing needs of the Conservatory, brought on by its fivefold growth since its founding in 2005. The 145-seat hall can be configured in a variety of ways, allowing students to re-imagine the traditional concert space. It also features one-touch audio and video recording, as well as live-streaming capability. The building contains 15 teaching studios and a lounge, along with a large classroom that can also be used for audio and video recording.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 1,962 (Full-time: 863 men, 1,056 women; Part-time: 17 men, 26 women)
Graduate (Matriculated): 237 (Full-time: 90 men, 131 women; Part-time: 1 man, 15 women)
76% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
49% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 590 – 690
SAT math range: 570 – 680

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American7.8%2.1%
% Asian5.4%0.4%
% Hispanic / Latino1.4%0%
% White, Non-Hispanic61.0%28.1%
% American Indian / Alaskan Native0.8%0.4%
% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander0%0.4%
% International / Nonresident Alien11.3%12.3%
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity12.3%56.8%

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$49,906 per year (fees for first year students only: $230 for security deposit and ID card; $694 for meals for Language & Thinking workshop (August); $694for meals and $40 for materials for Citizen Science program (January), or $1,538 per credit
Tuition Only:
Room & Board:
$14,118 (freshmen required to live on campus if home is farther than 50 miles from campus)
Graduate Tuition & Fees:

Bard College has multiple graduate programs; tuition/fees vary from program to program. Visit Bard's website; see "Graduate" under the "Admissions" tab.

Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- January 1, early action November 1; spring- n/a
Transfer Applications:
fall- March 1; spring- November 1

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines for Freshmen:
fall- February 15
Financial Aid Deadlines for Transfers:
fall- February 15; spring- December 15

Application Requirements

Freshmen: HS transcript; recommendation from HS counselor and 2 HS teachers (11th or 12th grade); essay/writing samples; interview not required.
Transfers: HS transcript (if less than 2 years of college-level study completed); transfer questionnaire; Dean's report.
Average Financial Aid Package:
Average Non-Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Aid:
Types of Non-Need Aid Awarded:
Academic; Excellence and Equal Cost; Distinguished Science Scholar