Bard College

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Bard College was founded as St. Stephen’s College in 1860. It is a private liberal arts college located in Annandale, New York. Bard’s main campus is located near the town of Red Nook and overlooks the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. It is located within the Hudson River Historic District which is a National Historic Landmark.

Bard College includes a liberal arts college and a conservatory, as well as eight graduate programs that offer over 20 graduate degrees in the arts and sciences. Bard’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1. Bard has a network of over 35 affiliated programs, institutes and centers that can be found in 12 cities, 5 states, 7 countries, and 4 continents.

Bard’s Annandale campus is an important cultural institution for the region. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and the CCS Hessel Museum of Contemporary Art are both located on Bard’s main campus. Bard College also hosts two annual art festivals, Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival.

Bard offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees through the undergraduate college. In the undergraduate college, there are 23 academic departments that offer 40 program majors, as well as 12 interdisciplinary concentrations. Bard was the first college in the nation to offer a human rights major.

General Information

Admission Office

30 Campus Road

PO Box 5000

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

(845) 758-7472

Fax: (845) 758-5208

Contact: Mary Backlund

Director of Admission
Main Address

PO Box 5000

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

(845) 758-6822

Total undergrads: 1,873

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 517

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,826

Graduate enrollment: 275


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 25%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 83%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $36,223 $38,104 $39,880 $41,670 +4.49%
Books and Supplies $850 $850 $900 $950 +5.56%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,346 $10,866 $11,300 $11,810 +4.51%
Other $1,150 $1,150 $1,250 $1,750 +40.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $48,569 $50,970 $53,330 $56,180 +5.34%
In-state Off Campus $37,073 $38,954 $40,780 $42,620 +4.51%
In-state with Family $37,073 $38,954 $40,780 $42,620 +4.51%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $27,498
In-state Student Fees $300
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $27,498
Out-of-state Fees $300

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 325 63%
Grant or scholarship aid 293 57% $8,046,559 $27,463
• Federal grants 96 19% $402,736 $4,195
• Pell grants 67 13% $242,986 $3,627
• Other federal grants 91 18% $159,750 $1,755
State/local government grant or scholarships 88 17% $223,048 $2,535
Institutional grants or scholarships 288 56% $7,420,775 $25,767
Student loan aid 261 50% $1,593,549 $6,106
• Federal student loans 220 43% $965,750 $4,390
• Other student loans 69 13% $627,799 $9,099

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 461 136 1 194
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 5
Accounting and Finance 5
Education 41
Secondary Education and Teaching 41
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 99
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 99
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 194
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 194
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 50
Biological and Physical Sciences 49
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Environmental Science 11
Social Sciences 166
Social Sciences 166
Visual and Performing Arts 141 84 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 38 1
Fine/Studio Arts 131
Music Performance 10 5
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 41

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
American Studies B
Asian Studies B
French Studies B
Gender and Sexuality B
German Studies B
Italian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Spanish/Iberian Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Dance B
Directing/Theatrical Production B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Jazz Studies B
Multimedia B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Conducting B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B
Photography B
Playwriting/Screenwriting B
Stringed Instruments B
Theater Literature/History/Criticism B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B

English Language & Literature

American Literature B
Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
English Literature (British) B

Foreign Language & Literature

Arabic B
Chinese B
Comparative Literature B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Hebrew B
Italian B
Japanese B
Language Interpretation/Translation B
Latin B
Russian B
Sanskrit/Classical Indian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Premedicine B


American History (U.S.) B
Asian History B
European History B
History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B
Human Rights B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B
Neuroscience B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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