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At Bard College, our students come from across the country and around the globe.

We send our students out into the world equipped with hands-on opportunities and providing exposure to ways their education can impact both local and global communities. In fact, over 50 percent of Bard students study away, and 75 percent are involved in initiating or running outreach projects and programs.

Beyond the common curriculum, nearly 40 academic programs offer pathways for a wide range of passions including economics, literature, music, STEM fields and more. Bard was also the first college in the United States to have a Human Rights major, which is fitting for a community like ours that champions social progress. 


On average, within just six months of graduating from Bard College, approximately 90 percent of each graduating class is already employed; enrolled in graduate school; or pursuing Watson scholarships, Fulbright scholarships, and other continuing education opportunities. Graduate schools where Bardians regularly conduct their graduate studies include: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge, Dartmouth, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, London School of Economics, Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Juilliard, and others.

Our Courses

Undergraduate Programs

Bard College Conservatory of Music 

Is a 5 year double-degree undergraduate program (Bachelor’s of Music and BA in a field other than music)

3+2 BA–Master's Programs

Levy Economics Institute Master of Science 3+2 Program (BA and MS in economic theory and policy)


Bard Graduate Center (BGC) 3+2 Program (BA and MA in Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture

Location

Bard’s nearly 1000-acre campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York is more than just a lush, scenic setting of that famed American higher education experience – it’s a place for students to grow critically and creatively. With the financial and cultural hub of New York City just a car or train ride away, Bard students also have access to some of the most sought-after industry experience in the city.  Bard’s commitment to sustainability is demonstrated on campus through its farms and orchards which supply the main dining hall and local area with fresh produce every year. Additionally, its location on the banks of the Hudson River allow faculty and students to conduct research through programs developed around the local ecosystems. Students have access to miles of running, hiking and biking trails on campus with the Catskill Mountains less than an hour away offering seasonal ski slopes and winter sports.

Bard’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) provides individual assistance to international students, faculty, and their families through advisement concerning federal immigration laws, tax and labor relations, and support related to personal, academic, professional, and cultural matters.

Bard has over 150 student-run clubs. The International Student Organization (ISO) is one of the most popular clubs that hosts events to showcase the diversity in the Bard community. The ISO student leaders facilitate interactions with other cultures through events orchestrated around food, performance, and conversation. The ISO is known for organizing events like Noodle Night and the ISO Cultural Show every November. The ISO members also collaborate with other clubs, such as the Caribbean Students Association and the Chinese Students Organization, that share their mission. The ISO works closely with OISSS to foster global awareness in the Bard community.

3+2, 4+1 and Dual Degree Programs

The almost 40 different program offered at Bard fall within one of four divisions, Mathematics, Science and Computation; Social Studies and Humanities; Languages and Literatures; and The Arts, or within the interdivisional programs, such as Environmental and Urban Studies, Global and International Studies and Human Rights.

4+1 BA–Master's Programs

Bard Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) 4+1 Program (BA and MS in environmental policy or climate science and policy)


Bard Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) 4+1 Program (BA and MAT)


Levy Economics Institute Master of Arts 4+1 Program (BA and MA in economic theory and policy)

Funding

We distribute more than $50 million annually in institutional aid alone (not loans, grants, or work-study). This investment is made to ensure that those with unlimited potential but limited ability to pay are sharing a peer experience with other excellent students from more fortunate backgrounds. Over two thirds of the student body receive financial aid from Bard College, including international students who make up 17% of the student population here in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

How to apply

Undergraduates can apply through the Common Application. Candidates may apply to Bard through Early Action, Early Decision, the Immediate Decision Plan or through Regular Decision. An alternative method of application is the Bard Entrance Examination, an online essay application. Learn more about Bard’s application processes. How will you apply?

Bard has a large global footprint with campuses in St. Petersburg, Russia; Berlin, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Bishkek Kyrgyzstan; and on the West Bank. Bard students travel across these campuses every semester, immersing themselves in different cultures and customs as they continue to more towards their Bard degree. Classes are also taught across time zones so students on different Bard campuses can connect, debate and learn together in the same class.