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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 1,862 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Bard acceptance rate is 58%. Popular majors include Social Science Research Methods, Studio Arts, and English. Graduating 74% of students, Bard alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,800.
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
58%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$29,436/ 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
$39,096/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
69%

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
45%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.49 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.49 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,862Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
76
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Smart
    29%
  • Hipster/opinionated
    18%
  • Individual
    18%
  • Intelligent grundgy artsy
    18%
  • Pretentious
    11%
  • Lacking
    4%
  • Self-absorbed but sometimes well-meaning
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.30 responses
Poll
67%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.58 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    31%
  • Expensive.
    15%
  • Hipster
    15%
  • Cigs
    8%
  • Eccentric
    8%
  • Underrated
    8%
  • Hell
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
74%
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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I loved Bard! In fact, I ended up marrying another Bard grad and most of my best friends are the ones with whom I bonded at the very start of my freshman year. I'm also very involved in alumni events because I miss the school so much. It really is a wonderful college with incredible professors, a beautiful campus (and surrounding area), and a brilliant, creative and unique student body. My sister now goes to Bard and loves it too.
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The campus itself is stunning--center of the Hudson Valley, ample access to all things out-doors, and the architecture is a mix of modern and old. Blithewood is a must-see for all visiting students. However, I will say the dorms leave much to be desired as does the spacing of campus. Most students live off campus after sophomore year anyways and living in the crappy dorms becomes somewhat of a bonding experience among students (Hud-Cat for life!)

Diversity is lacking (majority white, upperclass, hipster, liberal students). However, it is possible to find your "niche" on campus beyond the hipster ideal.

Overall, Bard is a great academic institution with a quirky social scene set in the heart of nature. While I had a 5 star experience, I understand that the vibe of this college may not be for everyone, but approaching Bard with an open-mind makes it a great university for the undecided to find their academic passion.
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.