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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    D+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    D+
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    C+
Annandale Road
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Liberty League

Bard College Rankings

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Admissions

Application Deadline
Acceptance Rate
65%
    SAT Range
    ACT Range
    Application Fee
    $0
    SAT/ACT
    Neither required nor recommended
    High School GPA
    Recommended
    Accepts Common App
    Yes

    Cost

    Net Price
    $26,475/ 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
    $44,163/ year
    National
    $7,535
    Students Receiving Financial Aid
    72%

    Academics

    Professors
    A
    Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
    Student Faculty Ratio
    9:1
    Evening Degree Programs
    No
    86%
    of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
    51%
    of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.55 responses
    58%
    of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.55 responses

    Majors

    Students

    Full-Time Enrollment
    1,820Undergrads
    Part-Time Undergrads
    62
    Undergrads Over 25
    1%
    Pell Grant
    24%
    Varsity Athletes
    14%
    Poll
    What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
    Based on 34 responses
    Report
    • Smart
      29%
    • Individual
      21%
    • Hipster/opinionated
      18%
    • Intelligent grundgy artsy
      15%
    • Pretentious
      9%
    • curious and capable
      3%
    • Lacking
      3%

    Campus Life

    Freshmen Live On-Campus
    100%
    Poll
    100%
    of students say they don't have Greek life.36 responses
    Poll
    63%
    of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.64 responses
    Poll
    What one word or phrase best describes your school?
    Based on 32 responses
    Report
    • Liberal
      25%
    • Expensive.
      13%
    • Hipster
      13%
    • Home away from home
      9%
    • Eccentric
      9%
    • Underrated
      9%
    • Cigs
      6%

      After College

      Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
      $39,700/ year
      National
      $33,028
      Graduation Rate
      75%
      National
      49%
      Employed 2 Years After Graduation
      88%
      National
      83%
      57%
      of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses

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      Bard College actually does what other colleges say they do but don't really do. It put its money where it's mouth is and spends on programs the world needs to make sure high calibre education is accessible to all. Bard runs seven high school early colleges across the United States designed to provide strong public school education to high school students and an associates degree tuition free before enrolled students graduate from high school. It also runs the largest college degree granting prison education program in the U.S. and some of the most progressive international campuses and partnerships in the higher education landscape at the moment. The faculty are open, collaborative, innovative and the staff design personalized systems of support and creative pathways to engagement and confidence building. Bard is quite a remarkable place and an exceptional trail blazer. I am extremely lucky to have attended a place that takes intentional action. It has served me well!
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      I only had one online class, because I was a senior finishing my last semester. I guess I should've had 2, but one was taught by a post-doc at Rockefeller University (usually a very fruitful partnership between Rockefeller and Bard), and I think he was overwhelmed so he just let us do our own thing during covid so long as we handed in our final project. The other class I finished online was my human rights history class. I think the professor did a great job in terms of setting a compassionate grading policy. We were able to grade ourselves, as long as we submitted an explanation as to why. He lowered the requirements for the class as well. The zoom classes were still very interesting and enriching, and definitely worth my time to log on and focus/take notes. Shout out Greg Moynahan! Finishing my senior project online was tough, but at least my project was entirely computer-based.
      Did not learn online - heard the transition to online learning as a solution during COVID-19 in the spring was incredible - a play was performed remotely and picked up by an off-broadway theatre it was so good! Bard is open for in-person classes this fall and those are going smoothly, too. There are some amazing new common courses designed especially for the new students coming in this year that focus on themes such as the imagination, empowerment, inclusivity, the environment and some other critical concepts.