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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    B-
Bard is an above-average private college located in Red Hook, New York. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,897 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Bard acceptance rate is 56%. Popular majors include Social Sciences, Studio Arts, and English. Graduating 78% of students, Bard alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,500.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Liberty League
Address
Annandale Road
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504
Website
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Bard College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
56%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$29,356/ 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
    $21,568/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,159/ year
  • $49-75k
    $29,038/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,685/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,829/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
46%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.48 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,897Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Smart
    30%
  • Hipster/opinionated
    19%
  • Individual
    19%
  • Intelligent grundgy artsy
    19%
  • Pretentious
    11%
  • Self-absorbed but sometimes well-meaning
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.29 responses
Poll
67%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.57 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    32%
  • Expensive.
    16%
  • Hipster
    16%
  • Cigs
    8%
  • Eccentric
    8%
  • Underrated
    8%
  • Hell
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
78%
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 Reviews

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Small and great college. Elite in its own right and attracts intellectual and artistic types. Benefits from and contributes to New York City culture in art, literature, social science. Bard Fiction Prize annually awards $30,000 and semester-long residence to acclaimed, up-and-coming young novelists. Large, beautiful campus. Eclectic architecture. It's also a college in the service of humanity, as it has satellite programs all over the world, like the Bard Prison Initiative, Bard Early Colleges, and college programs in underserved regions in the world.
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Most of the negative reviews on here are from athletes or people who are unsatisfied with the living arrangments. I hated the dorm I was placed in freshman year, and I was a member of the cross country team, but I still made plenty of friends/pleasant memories. It's ridiculous to rate an entire institution badly for one aspect. I've learned and grown so much at Bard. I often feel connected to my professors (who are usually extremely accomplished/connected/intelligent). Bard offers AMAZING abroad opportunities. I've lived in Costa Rica and Nicaragua through abroad programs and clubs through Bard. You'll academically work hard here, but it's absolutely worth it. Bard is also very generous with financial aid. The people here can be fascinating if you're willing to engage with them. As with anything else in life, the experience is what you make of it. I'm extremely grateful that I was able to go here.
My Daughter is a thriving Sophamore at Bard.My daughters classes and professors have been amazing! The Campus and surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous.She has made a lot of wonderful friends, great place to visit too!