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Bard Admissions Information

Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (map)


At Bard College, education is a continually evolving process of individual growth, made possible by small class sizes and individualized learning. With its motto as place to think, Bard provides challenging classes and esteemed faculty to motivated and independent students. While many students go to Bard for its strong program in the arts, it also has rigorous academic programs in both physical and social sciences, languages, and literature. In particular, Bard students are apt to explore social and political questions that lead to scientific study, and accordingly Bard has recently built new science facilities with enhanced programs.

Bard has a stunning, 600-acre campus in the rural town of Annandale-On-Hudson, near the towns of Red Hook and Tivoli. It overlooks the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, which can be viewed from the residence halls, and there are shuttles connecting Bard to neighboring areas. Just 90 miles north of New York City, Bard is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts of all types, with activities such as skiing, horseback riding and canoeing.



Basic Info

Main Address: PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Phone Number: (845) 758- 6822  
Website: http://www.bard.edu/  


Type of school: Private  
Type of school: Liberal Arts  
Setting: Rural  
Athletics: Division III, Intramural, Intercollegiate, Club  
Degrees offered: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 1,939  
Percent out-of-state: 76%  
Percent international: 13%  
Female to Male ratio: 57:43  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 10:1  
Most popular majors: Visual and Performing Arts
Social Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Independent Study
New York Semester
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Co-ed housing
Cooperative housing
Women's housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
International Students
Literary Magazine
Music Ensembles
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Choral Groups
Film Societies
Jazz Band
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Radio Station
Student Newspaper

Fun Facts

  • Voted #3 Most Liberal Students
  • Voted #1 Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging Vegetarians
  • Voted #20 Class Discussions Encouraged

Admissions Information

At Bard, the admissions committee searches for students that have depth and are academically dedicated. To this extent, the school officials review the grades and test scores of applicants to ensure the student is of the proper caliber, usually with a GPA of 3.5 or above and who have taken upper level courses. However, the committee also considers the student's motivation and ambition as gleaned from the application essays. Bard recommends taking four years of English, social studies and math, and three to four years of laboratory science and a foreign language as part of a dynamic curriculum.

Admissions address: 30 Campus Road
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Phone number: (845) 758-7472  
Fax number: (845) 758-5208  
Admissions Website: http://www.bard.edu/admission/  
Email: admission@bard.edu  
Contact Person: Mary Backlund, Director of Admission  
Number of first-year applications received: 5,510  
Percent of applicants admitted: 33%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: Early Action, November 1  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Two essays
2 letters of recommendation (teacher)
One guidance counselor recommendation
School report
High school transcript

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? No  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Scores are considered if submitted, but not required  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2037  
ACT code: 2674  
Learn more about other Small New York schools:
Skidmore   St. Lawrence   Hamilton  

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