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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  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 391 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Simon's Rock acceptance rate is 66%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Computer Science, and Drama and Theatre Production. Graduating 60% of students, Simon's Rock alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $21,700.
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
84 Alford Rd.
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Branch of
Bard College

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
66%
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

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Cost

Net Price
$40,387/ 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
$27,062/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

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
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
391Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
10
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
19%
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
96%
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
$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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Bard College at Simon's Rock is a very unique place. Everyone on campus is open minded about each person as an individual and their identities. Although our school lacks in athletics in the competitive department, there are still competitive sports. Being that it is such a small campus the entire student body know each other to some extent. All the professors here on campus are willing to see you succeed. If you are having trouble the professors will sacrifice time out of their office hours in order to help you. The student life at Simon's Rock is also very unique. You will always find people who are doing something late at night or doing some goofy things during the day. The academics at Simon's Rock is challenging and most students here are motivated academically. You will probably find yourself getting and giving help from your peers.
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Too expensive for the poor quality of dormitory housing, food options, and peer equity and inclusion. For a 99.99% “liberal” student population, everyone was very accepting of people who were just like them and not any different. I don’t regret getting my Associates degree and transferring out, but I hope all the incoming freshmen know what they’re getting themselves into when choosing to go to Simon’s Rock.
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.