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Bard Student Profile

Bard College's class of 2017 was selected from a large and competitive applicant pool, indicating their extraordinary promise. They are a high-achieving group, with wide-ranging interests and varied backgrounds. Our first-year students come to Annandale from 38 states and 24 countries, bringing with them their passion, creativity, and intellectual engagement.

Class of 2017

Incoming Students

  • First-year students: 500
  • Applications received: 5,760
  • Admitted: 2,002
  • Matriculated: 500
  • Active waitlist: 286
  • Admitted from waitlist: 88
  • Male: 48%
  • Female: 52%
  • Public school: 59%
  • Other: 40%
  • Home schooled (partial or complete): <1%

Early Action 

  • Applicants: 747
  • Admitted: 576
  • Matriculated: 120

Transfer Students

  • Applicants: 294
  • Admitted: 154
  • Matriculated: 60
  • Male: 38%
  • Female: 62%

Rank in Class  

  • 32% reporting
  • Top 10%: 58%
  • Top 25%: 92%
  • Top 50%: 99%

SATs/ACT

  • SAT: 66% reported scores
  • Critical reading: 600-710, median 660
  • Math: 570-670, median 620
  • ACT:  23% reported scores
  • Average: 30

Ethnic Diversity

  • Multiracial: 9%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 2%
  • African American/Black: 8%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 9%
  • Other/unknown: 27%
  • White/non–Hispanic: 45%

 

 

Geographic Distribution

  • 38 states
  • 24 countries
  • New England: 22%
  • New York: 31%
  • Mid–Atlantic: 15%
  • South/Southeast: 8%
  • Southwest: 2%
  • Mid-West: 8%
  • West Coast: 14%
  • International/Dual: 24%

Financial Aid

  • 67% received Bard institutional aid
  • Average aid package: $34,000
  • Total Bard aid awarded to first-years:
    $11.8 million
  • Total aid awarded: $37.8 million

Academic Facts

  • 2012–13 academic year: 1,225 classes
  • Tutorials: 12%
  • Class size:
    2–10 students: 23%
    10–20 students: 43%
    20–25 students: 19%
    30+ students: 3%
  • First- to second-year retention: 87%
  • Six-year graduation rate: 79%

Faculty

  • Total: 265
  • FTE: 188
  • Women: 42%
  • Men: 58%
  • Terminal degree: 92%

Fees

  • Tuition: $45,730
  • Room and board: $13,502
  • Fees: $910
  • Additional board for first-year students (Language and Thinking, Citizen Science):
     $1,304
  • Total first year: $61,446

Endowment

  • $250,000,000