Bard College requires at least 128 credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
There is no accelarated degree program at Bard College, but students who wish to save money or graduate early can look into transferring in credits. Bard College accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Bard College does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 71% of students who start college at Bard College graduate within six years.
Bard College offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Bard College may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Bard College has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with Bard College directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Bard College students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Bard College.
Student Designed Majors
Bard College allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Students are not required to complete a senior project unless it is required for their specific major.
Double Majoring at Bard College
Bard College offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.
✅ Bard College does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ Bard College does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ Bard College offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
❌ Bard College does not offer an honors program or a Freshman Honor College.
❌ Students at Bard College are not required to complete an internship as a graduation requirement.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Bard College does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.
The main library on campus is the Stevenson Library and there are 3 other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Bard College offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering in partnership with Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis and Dartmouth College
•3-2 dual degree program in forestry with Duke University
•3-2 dual degree program in business administration
•3-2 dual degree program in social work
Does Bard College have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Bard College does not have any ROTC programs.
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