B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Bard College at Simon's Rock is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
84 Alford Rd.
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Branch of
Bard College

Bard College at Simon's Rock Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
87%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$37,660/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $28,377/ year
  • $30-48k
    $25,878/ year
  • $49-75k
    $28,240/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,069/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,826/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.22 responses
77%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.22 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.22 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
357Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
94%
Poll
96%
of students say they don't have Greek life.27 responses
Poll
66%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.32 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 10 responses
Report
  • One-of-a-kind, unique, hippie, academic, studious
    50%
  • Liberal
    30%
  • Bureaucracy in disguise.
    10%
  • Weird
    10%
  • Fast-paced
    0%
  • Home away from home
    0%
  • Strict
    0%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
74%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
79%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
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Bard College at Simon's Rock Reviews

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I would never regret Simon's Rock, for all that administration is a nightmare creature from the Black Lagoon. It's a wonderful, tiny school, full of fantastic minds, and has a stellar reputation amongst most Northeast colleges should you wish to transfer or attend graduate, especially for being so young!

The people and professors here are why I came - what they need to do is revamp the campus all-around, particularly wifi and cellular access. There is NO cell tower, and we live on a literal mountain. The students need one. Legend has it, the battle is with the town over a tower blocking potential views, but there's only 300-400 students, and they could place it in a completely unnoticeable locale. It's just unacceptable and irresponsible to not have firm contact, especially given that there is no blue light system, poor campus lighting, regular blackouts and flash floods, tornado warnings, and only one to two security officers on call at any given time, who do NOT wander the campus, but stay in their booth and must be CALLED with a PHONE if you need assistance. It's a risk at this point not to build one. I myself was there for two years, and experienced two flash floods - one of which was during a blackout in which the generator gave out, and was stuck on a flooded hill up to my knees at 9:30pm in the pitch blackness of November in the Berkshires. I was knocked down by the water onset. I was in danger - this was also the fault of the professor, Bernard "Bernie" Rodgers, who, despite the EMERGENCY LIGHTS flashing on after the generator failed, and wild winds and water whipping about, threatened his class that the students who left early would not be credited for the day's work - this was with 30minutes left of a 3 hour class, during an actual emergency situation. By the time class concluded, the emergency lights had turned off, and the students were stranded. He himself offered no assistance to anyone - this, to me, was a severe scar on an otherwise fine experience.
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There is a lot of debate on whether or not early college is really helpful. While a lot more research is still required for this relatively new concept, I can say from experience that some handle it well while others do not. The college itself has very good professors, and the workload is often described as "rigorous." The student population has increased dramatically in size, making some classes difficult to get in to. The food is mediocre in taste and quality, but they do make significant efforts to accommodate dietary restrictions.
I've never experienced a community like the one I found at Simon's Rock. The staff and faculty are so nice and friendly and genuinely care about you. The dining hall gives me ingredients to bake with anytime I ask and the provost will often stop and chat with me in the hallway. Professors are enthusiastic about what they are teaching and want to see you succeed--they get to know you and your interests and are always available to meet with you for extra help. The students are also nice more often than not. I think because a lot of people who come here were considered weird or misfits at their high schools (like I was), we really have no tolerance for any sort of social hierarchy or cliques. The academics are great too, but it's the social scene that has really changed my life.