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Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate60%
Acceptance Rate60%

About Bard College

Building on a 160-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the works, and to meet broader student needs. Approximately 1,900 undergraduates study in Annandale-on-Hudson. The undergraduate program at our main campus in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York retains a reputation for scholarly excellence and civic engagement. We are committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow's thought leaders. Bard College is not a single self-contained campus in New York, we have campuses and partnerships all over the world including programs in Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Germany, Austria and on the West Bank, to name a few. These Bard programs are rooted in civic engagement and social justice and invite students to act, not just think, when it comes to creating positive change in the world. Total enrollment for the Bard Network is now close to 6,000 students.

Bard College Overview

Bard College is a private, nonprofit school in a rural setting in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Bard College was founded in 1860 and presently has around 2,272 students per year year, including 1,852 undergrads. Bard College provides housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Bard College for Fall 2023 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by April 1.

Student Involvement at Bard College

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Bard College's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Bard College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Bard College does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? Bard College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Bard College on the Student Life page.

2022 Bard College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 60%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 89%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 12%
Tuition $59,800
Percent of Need Met 87%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $58,581

Is Bard College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how competitive a college is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better look at what Bard College offers and if it could be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Bard College

Bard College is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 60% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 5,161 students applied to Bard College and 3,096 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bard College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 87% of students who start at Bard College return the next year. Bard College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 71%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Bard College Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Bard College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Bard College

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Bard College meets 87% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $58,581 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $27,714 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Bard College.

Based on this information, is Bard College the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Bard College a good school for you?

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Where is Bard College?

Bard College is located in the rural setting of Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

If you want to see Bard College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take New York State Thruway to Annandale-on-Hudson, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Stewart International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Bard College and Annandale-on-Hudson are like without leaving home.

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College Info

Bard College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bard College is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bard College is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Bard College ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Estimated Chance

33 and Above


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Bard College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

623 - 728


Reading SAT Range

673 - 740

Bard College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Bard College is like? There are approximately 2,272 students enrolled at Bard College, including 1,852 undergraduate students and 420 graduate students. 95% percent of students attend school full-time.


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