Bard College

Overview

At a Glance

School type

Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above

Faculty

343 Faculty Members | 8:1 student faculty ratio

Religious affliation

Not applicable

Mission Statement

Bard College was founded, as St. Stephen's College, in 1860, a time of national crisis. While there are no written records of the founders' attitude toward the Civil War, a passage from the College's catalogue of 1943 applies also to the time of the institution's establishment.

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cost & financial aid

Annual tuition & fees

Undergraduate

In state

$56,036

Out of state

$56,036
Graduate

In state

$37,484

Out of state

$37,484

Financial Aid: Undergraduates

Received financial aid
80%
Did not receive aid
20%
Type of aid % of students recieving aid Average amount
Federal grants 28.0% $5,599
State/local grants 15.0% $3,424
Institutional grants 78.0% $46,698
Loans 57.0% $7,407

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Paying for college

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Applying for financial Aid

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Academics

Most Popular Undergraduate majors

  • Social Sciences, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Full List of Majors

Undergraduate Majors X

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES
    • Accounting and Finance
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS
    • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      • A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs. See other colleges that offer this major
  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      • A program that is either a general synthesis of one or more of the biological and physical sciences, or a specialization which draws from the biological and physical sciences. Examples: [Astrobiology] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • SOCIAL SCIENCES
    • Social Sciences, General
      • A program that focuses on the general study of human social behavior and social institutions using any of the methodologies common to the social sciences and/or history, or an undifferentiated program of study in the social sciences. See other colleges that offer this major
  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
    • Fine/Studio Arts, General
      • A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Music Performance, General
      • A program that generally prepares individuals to master musical instruments and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers. Includes instruction on one or more specific instruments from various instrumental groupings. See other colleges that offer this major

Most Popular Graduate programs

  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Music Performance, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
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Graduate ProgramsX

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES
    • Business Administration and Management, General
      • A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making. Examples: [General Management], [Business Administration] See other colleges that offer this major
  • EDUCATION
    • Secondary Education and Teaching
      • A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the secondary grades, which may include grades seven through twelve, depending on the school system or state regulations. May include preparation to teach a comprehensive curriculum or specific subject matter. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Environmental Education
      • A program that prepares individuals to teach environmental education at various educational levels as a K-12 classroom educator. Includes instruction in foundations of environmental education, instructional methods, and related content knowledge. See other colleges that offer this major
  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
    • Environmental Science
      • A program that focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the study of the physical environment and the solution of environmental problems, including subjects such as abating or controlling environmental pollution and degradation; the interaction between human society and the natural environment; and natural resources management. Includes instruction in biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, climatology, statistics, and mathematical modeling. Examples: [Bioenvironmental Sciences] See other colleges that offer this major
  • SOCIAL SCIENCES
    • Economics, General
      • A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
      • A program that focuses on the systematic study of mathematical and statistical analysis of economic phenomena and problems. Includes instruction in economic statistics, optimization theory, cost/benefit analysis, price theory, economic modeling, and economic forecasting and evaluation. Examples: [Cost Analysis], [Economic Forecasting] See other colleges that offer this major
  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      • A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Music Performance, General
      • A program that generally prepares individuals to master musical instruments and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers. Includes instruction on one or more specific instruments from various instrumental groupings. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Types of Degrees Offered

  • Certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree
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Admissions

Undergraduate acceptance rate

Acceptance rate
56.95%
  • Apply 4,969
  • Accepted 2,830
  • Attend 363

Application Fee

Undergraduate
$50
Graduate
$65

Undergraduate application requirements

  • High school transcript

    Required
  • High school GPA

    Recommended
  • Recommendation letter

    Required
  • Admissions test
    (SAT or ACT)

    Not applicable
  • TOEFL
    (international students)

    Required
  • Completion of college
    prep program

    Recommended
  • Demonstration of
    competencies

    Recommended
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Student Life

Student Demographics

Female Students
57%
Male Students
43%

Student Ethnicities
  1. Caucasian47.55%
  2. Two Or More Ethnicities19.71%
  3. Hispanic/Latino12.09%
  4. Black9.78%
  5. Not Specified7.06%
  6. Asian3.69%
  7. American Indian/Alaska Native0.12%

Student body breakdown

Total students enrolled

2,915

Undergraduate students

2,482

Graduate students

433

Attendance breakdown

Full time
85%
Part time
15%

Student services

  • Meal plan
  • Counseling services
  • Remedial services
  • Work-study
  • Placement services
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening classes
  • On-campus day care for student's children

Top five largest sports teams

Male sports:
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
Female sports:
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field, X-Country
Full List of Athletics

Full List of Athletics X

    • Male

    • Baseball
    • Soccer
    • Track and Field, X-Country
    • Lacrosse
    • Track and Field, Outdoor
    • Basketball
    • Squash
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Swimming
    • Female

    • Soccer
    • Lacrosse
    • Track and Field, Outdoor
    • Swimming
    • Track and Field, X-Country
    • Volleyball
    • Basketball
    • Squash
    • Tennis
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