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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
89%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
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Test Scores and GPA for Bard College at Simon's Rock

Cost

Net Price
$37,618/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $30,611/ year
  • $30-48k
    $27,038/ year
  • $49-75k
    $34,484/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,979/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,214/ year

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
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.21 responses
33%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.21 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
323Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
96%
of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
Poll
65%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.31 responses
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
48%
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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The academic experience is challenging in general, and serves well the purpose of helping younger students get used to college. There is a warm and socially engaging LGBTQ+ community on campus, as well as strong and outspoken groups of liberals that center around feminism and communism. What really impressed me is the closeness between the professors and the students. With a 1:6 faculty-student ratio, students would be able to develop a closer connection and more personal relationships with staff members. I personally had an amazing working experience with my advisor.
High school for me was bland, uninformative, and very unfocused on the individual needs of each student. Simon's Rock is the complete opposite! Not only did I get to start my college career a year early, but I also ended up on an academic path much more intense and fulfilling than I could get in many other places. Here there is a close relationship between professors and students which fosters a productive and highly educational experience. Personally, after just my freshman year I was able to acquire a summer internship wherein I got invaluable work and learning opportunity that I likely could not get in most other institutions so early on. To be challenged and involved in an academic setting is something I have not had for a long time and having that now is something I would never trade!