About Bard

Annandale Campus

As a residential college, Bard provides an exquisite campus setting in which students pursue their academic interests and craft a rich social life. The fusion of two historic estates, Bard's parklike campus covers more than 500 acres of fields and forested land bordering the Hudson River. The Catskill Mountains, to the west, can be viewed from many student residences and from the grounds and gardens of Blithewood (the mansion that houses The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College). Walking trails crisscross the campus through wooded areas, along the Saw Kill stream, and down to the river.

New York City's boundless cultural resources, about 90 miles to the south, are readily accessible by train or car. Two major contemporary art institutions are in Bard's vicinity. Dia:Beacon, some 30 miles south of campus, houses a renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present. MASS MoCA, the largest center for contemporary arts in the United States, is in North Adams, Massachusetts, less than a two-hour drive north. Also accessible are Olana, the home of Hudson River school painter Frederic Church; the Thomas Cole Historic Site; Storm King Art Center, an outdoor sculpture museum; the Culinary Institute of America; Staatsburg and the Vanderbilt Mansion, two 19th-century estates; the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum; and the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill.

The area surrounding Bard offers plentiful activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Skiing, horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding, white-water rafting, cycling, mountain biking, ice skating, and canoeing are available. The area is also a center for spiritual life, containing churches of all denominations, temples, mosques, Zen and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and meditation centers.

Our Locations

Bard's historic main campus is located along the Hudson River in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. From this idyllic rural setting emerge Bard's undergraduate program and many Bard institutes. But the College's initiatives reach far beyond Annandale. Campuses in New York City, Boston, California, Germany, and Russia bring Bard's mission to the world. From urban settings to rural, from programs at small institutes to large universities, Bard is a global institution for the 21st century. Follow the link below to learn more about the satellites in the Bard network.

Annandale Programs

Bard's main campus houses the following programs:

  • Bard Undergraduate Program
  • Bard Center for Environmental Policy
  • Bard College Conservatory of Music
  • Bard Prison Initiative
  • Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard) and Hessel Museum of Art
  • Levy Economics Institute Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program
  • Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts
  • The Orchestra Now

Other U.S. Locations

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program
  • Early College in New Orleans
  • Bard College at Simon's Rock
  • Longy School of Music of Bard College
New Jersey
  • BHSEC Newark
New York City
  • Bard Early College at Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy
  • Bard Globalization and International Affairs
  • Bard Graduate Center
  • Bard MBA in Sustainability
  • BHSEC Manhattan
  • BHSEC Queens
  • International Center of Photography–Bard Program
New York State
  • Bard Prison Initiative
  • BHSEC Cleveland

International Locations

Bard operates and partners with institutions around the globe through the Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE).

Berlin, Germany
  • Bard College Berlin, a Liberal Arts University
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • American University of Central Asia
Budapest, Hungary
  • Central European University
East Jerusalem
  • Al-Quds Bard Partnership
St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences