Simon's Rock College of Bard: Narrative Description

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84 Alford Rd.
Great Barrington, MA 01230-9702
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Description: Independent, 4-year, coed. Administratively affiliated with Bard College. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 275-acre rural campus with easy access to Albany and Springfield. Endowment: $6.6 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $9200 per student. Total enrollment: 399. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 404 applied, 46% were admitted. Full-time: 386 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 13 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 80% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 3% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0.2% 25 or older, 85% live on campus, 0% transferred in. Retention: 78% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; visual/performing arts; area/ethnic studies; biological/life sciences; foreign language/literature; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Bard College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, interview, parent application, SAT I, PSAT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 6/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $36,580 includes full-time tuition ($25,860), mandatory fees ($3090), and college room and board ($7630). College room only: $3800. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $1000 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $550. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 21 open to all. Most popular organizations: Women's Center, Math and Sciences Club, multicultural student organization, Community Health Institute, Community Service Program. Major annual events: The Anti-Prom, Winter Solstice, Mayfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 24-hour weekend patrols by trained security personnel. 356 college housing spaces available; 345 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Alumni Library with 65,370 books, 7,500 microform titles, 437 serials, 4,032 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $543,676. 50 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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