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  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
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B-
Simon's Rock is a private college located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 385 undergraduate students. The Simon's Rock acceptance rate is 81%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Psychology, and Literature. Graduating 60% of students, Simon's Rock alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $21,700.
84 Alford Rd.
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Branch of
Bard College
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference

Simon's Rock Admissions

Acceptance Rate
81%
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
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$40,985/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$27,815/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

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
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
32%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
385Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
11
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
22%
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
92%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life.30 responses
Poll
66%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.35 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
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  • One-of-a-kind, unique, hippie, academic, studious
    54%
  • Liberal
    31%
  • Bureaucracy in disguise.
    8%
  • Weird
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
60%
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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Overall, I really love attending Simon’s Rock! All the professors I have met so far are very nice and willing to help. The school also does a fantastic job on inclusivity. Simon’s Rock has several support groups for minority students, including groups for LGBTQ+ students, students of racial minorities, and students on the Autism spectrum. As a student diagnosed with Asperger’s, the school’s performance on inclusivity has made me feel more welcome around my fellow peers and improved my social skills around other students. However, I give Simon’s Rock a 4-star rating because I have some concerns regarding safety. There are no security cameras located outside campus buildings, making it harder to catch students breaking college rules. I’ve definitely seen Simon’s Rock make some safety improvements recently, but I honestly think that this college needs to do a better job in keeping students safe, especially in the event of someone trying to attack students and faculty.
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I can say that for myself, as for many of my peers, Simon's Rock college has granted us with a myriad of reasons to be thankful for its place in our lives. Most of the students are extremely autonomous and strong willed, with a lot of passion. Undoubtedly "different". And plenty of the professors seem to find this energy invigorating-- often times going out of their way because they want to help you execute a goal and they think you have good ideas. The administration not so much, though I think that is to be said about most schools. The quality of academics ranges, but if you choose the right professors you can get a lot out of your classes, as some of our professors are truly very knowledgeable and good at their job. Overall SR is worth the ride, especially for a high school dropout. I have met the most amazing people. You learn a lot in not only academics, but life as well.
The Simon's Rock experience is most definitely unique. Yes, we are a small liberal arts college that houses high-school-age students and throws them into the middle of nowhere with little to no access to the outside world past apart from 2-9 every day besides Sunday (where no shuttle besides those used for religious services are offered). Yes, we have a range of professors from Jessica Robbins, Anne O' Dwyer and of course, our lord and savior, Amanda Landi to Marina Barsky, David Meyers, and John (Tai) Young-Taft. BTW the range goes from godly to god-awful if you could not tell. The academics are challenging almost always for most (you will find yourself knowing more about certain topics than your Ivy-Educated peers) and you can find a clique to stick with but the entire school is your crowd and community, which is both amazing and yet limiting.