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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 is a private, nonprofit school in a rural setting in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Bard College was founded in 1860 and now enrolls around 2,285 students a year, including 1,954 undergrads. Bard College provides on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Bard College! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Bard College's theater groups.

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

There are no fraternities or sororities at Bard College, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

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.

Learn more about life at Bard College on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Bard College for Fall 2022 is January 1.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by April 1.

2021 Bard College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 65%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 89%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 33%
Tuition $55,566

Is Bard College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a clearer idea of what Bard College offers and if it sounds like the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Bard College

It is moderately difficult to get into Bard College. Around 65% of applicants get into Bard College each year. Out of 4,912 applications received in 2021, 3,181 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bard College

Retention is 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.

Bard College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 77%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Bard College Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Bard College

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 86% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Bard College full-time are awarded $56,237 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $29,270 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 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

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! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Bard College. Based on this information, how does Bard College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Bard College a good school for you?

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Where is Bard College Located?

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


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608 - 705


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636 - 708

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Wondering what life at Bard College is like? There are approximately 2,285 students enrolled at Bard College, including 1,954 undergraduate students and 331 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time.


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