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 $25,500.
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.49 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.49 responses
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.30 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.58 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses
Bard College Reviews
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.
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.
Bard is a great place if you love nature, and don't mind the fact that you have to take a shuttle to get to town. I, personally, love the fact that Bard is it's own little town, and despite having to leave little early for class and work (because the campus is so big), I actually appreciate the opportunity to wake myself up with a brisk 10 minute walk to central campus for my class. I think a lot of people don't take this aspect of the college into account when applying, so many people transfer out. I have never actually thought of transferring once here, even with Bard's many faults. I have found great, inspiring, and kind people here and I wouldn't give up meeting them for the world. Bard is my home. I have gone through a lot since applying here, and had to go through many experiences, good and truly horrible, but Bard has given me a chance to grow.