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    B+
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
    B
Simon's Rock is a private college located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 357 undergraduate students. The Simon's Rock acceptance rate is 87%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Computer Science, and Drama and Theatre Production. Graduating 74% of students, Simon's Rock alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $20,500.
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
84 Alford Rd.
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Branch of
Bard College

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
A-
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
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.23 responses
35%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.23 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
357Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
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  • Awesome people
    27%
  • Liberal oddballs
    27%
  • Interested in learning, a bit pretentious, hippies
    13%
  • Likeminded and passionate
    13%
  • True hippies.
    13%
  • All of the above
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
94%
Poll
96%
of students say they don't have Greek life.28 responses
Poll
64%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • One-of-a-kind, unique, hippie, academic, studious
    55%
  • Liberal
    27%
  • Bureaucracy in disguise.
    9%
  • Weird
    9%

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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In retrospect, if I were given the choice to go to Simon's Rock or not knowing what I knew after attending for a year, I'd choose to go again. Simon's Rock serves the students who need it, upper-level classes are interesting and everyone can find at least a few professors they really connect with and admire, and leaving is as easy as filling out a transfer application somewhere else. But the administration is poorly run, housing is overfilled, the food is terrible, and the campus feels cramped and claustrophobic, especially considering how hard it is to travel the area without a car. It's hard to rate Simon's Rock, because rather than being "average", it has aspects that are excellent and aspects that are horrible. But it's survivable. And if you can afford it and if you need to leave high school, I'd say it's worth it.
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Simon's Rock is not only absolutely unique in its early college format, but it offers a completely unique student body and set of academic experiences. It takes a certain type of student to do well here, but having seen a lot of different academic institutions in my years after graduating, nowhere is as honestly invested in its students and its mission as the Rock. I had an incredible time here, formed incredible relationships, and have had an incredible academic and professional career in my years since graduating.
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.