Bard College: Narrative Description

views updated


PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Tel: (845)758-6822
Admissions: (845)758-7472
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1860. Setting: 600-acre rural campus. Endowment: $135.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $16,987 per student. Total enrollment: 1,726. Faculty: 208 (129 full-time, 79 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 3,603 applied, 36% were admitted. 64% from top 10% of their high school class, 90% from top quarter, 99% from top half. Full-time: 1,435 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 49 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 51 other countries, 70% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 3% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 1% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; social sciences and history; English. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Vassar College, State University of New York at New Paltz. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. One-time mandatory fee: $510. Comprehensive fee: $40,160 includes full-time tuition ($29,910), mandatory fees ($832), and college room and board ($9418). College room only: $4464. Part-time tuition: $935 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $200 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 70 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Social Action Workshop, Model United Nations, student newspaper, International Student Organization. Major annual events: Carnivale, Spring Fling, Senior Project Shows. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,170 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Stevenson Library plus 3 others with 350,000 books, 1,200 microform titles, 15,000 serials, 3,200 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.3 million. 425 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The town is situated on the Hudson River in eastern New York. The area is accessible via Metro North and Amtrak Railroad nearby, the Taconic State Parkway, or the New York Thruway, using Exit 19 and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

More From