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Bard College Profile - Costs and Admissions Data

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Bard College

Bard College

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Bard College Description:

Located in Annandale-on-Hudson, a picturesque town about 90 miles north of New York City, Bard College is one of the country's top liberal arts colleges. Bard prides itself on its faculty and a 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The faculty includes five MacArthur Fellows, and the school has been home to four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature. For a small college, Bard is remarkably international -- 12 percent of students are international, representing 51 countries. Admissions to Bard are need blind and test-optional, so a strong academic and extracurricular record are a must for this highly selective college.

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,342 (2,022 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $46,370
  • Books: $950
  • Room and Board: $13,502
  • Other Expenses: $1,750
  • Total Cost: $62,572

Bard College Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 68%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 63%
    • Loans: 55%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $28,545
    • Loans: $6,328

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Most Popular Majors:

Fine Arts, Languages and Literatures, Sciences, Social Sciences

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Bard and the Common Application

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Bard College Academic Statement:

complete statement available at http://www.bard.edu/academics/

"The liberal arts and progressive curricular traditions coexist in the Bard education, uniting the goals of both the generalist and the specialist in a program of study that has made Bard a place of innovation in higher education and a force for the rebirth of intellectual thought in public life. The liberal arts tradition is evident in the First-Year Seminar and in elective general courses that ground students in the essentials of inquiry and analysis and present a serious encounter with the world of ideas. The progressive tradition runs through Bard's tutorial system and interdisciplinary curriculum, emphasizing independent and creative thought and the skills required to express that thought with power and effect.

With a characteristic readiness to innovate, Bard continually rethinks its curriculum. Recent curricular changes have included a greater emphasis on laboratory science and quantitative methodologies for the nonscientist; an expanded literature requirement that combines general knowledge with study of specific genres, periods, and writers; and concentrations in several interdivisional areas and in period, multiethnic, and human rights studies. An intensive-immersion language program allows students to gain fluency in a language through a semester of intensive study at Bard combined with study abroad. The program includes Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Bard has also developed an innovative cross-disciplinary language program that incorporates upper-level foreign language education into course work and tutorials in other fields.

The College enhances the undergraduate experience with compatible intellectual and artistic ventures that contribute to the larger public and cultural life of the nation. Bard's satellite institutes and graduate programs expand undergraduate students' opportunities to work with leading scholars and artists and lead to the integration of new areas of study. For example, the Bard Program on Globalization and International Affairs, based in New York City, offers undergraduates an opportunity to undertake specialized study with leading experts in international affairs. The satellite model makes Bard unique in the field of higher education. Its purpose is to equip students to play active, engaged roles not only for the sake of personal goals, but also in order to address the larger issues that face humanity in our time."

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