Bard College

Bard College

Bard College, established in 1860, is a private college of liberal arts, and is situated in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. The campus of the college is spread across an area of 600 acres. Bard College awards bachelor's degrees in over 40 academic fields. Master's degrees are also offered in a number of subjects. Students can also choose from dual-degree programs that are offered by Bard College. The college is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Division of Languages and Literature
  • Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing
  • Division of Social Studies
  • Division of The Arts

Bard College's athletics department fields more than 10 men's and women's sports teams. They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and are nicknamed the Raptors.

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Contacting Bard College

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson , NY 12504-5000
General Phone: (845) 758-6822

Bard College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts305English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, social services
Fine Arts158fine arts, art history and criticism
Science45ecology, biological and physical sciences
Education and Teaching42secondary teaching
Drama and Performing Arts36various performing arts
Music7music performance

Number of programs and degrees for Bard College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree1365
Bachelor's degree3445
Associate's degree1131
Doctor's degree01

Bard College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bard College had a total enrollment of 2,297 students (2,421 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 11%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 61%
Black 3%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 19%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 13%
18-19 37%
20-21 31%
22-24 8%
25-29 5%
30-34 2%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Bard College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 89 %

Bard College Room and Board (2007)

Bard College offers campus housing for 1,328 of its 2,421 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Red Hook, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Bard College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Bard College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 38,374
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 38,374
Room and board $ 10,866
Room charge $ 5,458
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,408
Books and supplies $ 850
Other expenses $ 1,150

Financial Aid:
Bard College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 267100)

Bard College Faculty

Bard College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year45$115,35926$109,042
Associate professoracademic year19$87,78519$86,653
Assistant professoracademic year20$67,28425$65,754
All faculty totalacademic year84$97,67670$87,505

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bard College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Independent Northeast Region
Track Independent Northeast Region

Bard College Degree Programs (2007)

Drama And Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Social Sciences, General

Music Performance, General

Biological and Physical Sciences

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