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Bard Student Profile

Bard College's class of 2018 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 34 states and 22 countries, bringing with them their passion, creativity, and intellectual engagement.

Class of 2018

Incoming Students

  • First-year students: 563
  • Applications received: 6,960
  • Admitted: 35%
  • Matriculated: 28%
  • Active waitlist: 147
  • Admitted from waitlist: 0%
  • Male: 48%
  • Female: 52%
  • Public school: 59%
  • Other: 40%
  • Home schooled (partial or complete): <1%


Early Action/Immediate Decision Plan

  • Applicants: 1,329
  • Admitted: 1,009


Bard Entrance Examination

  • Applicants: 41
  • Admitted: 17
  • Matriculated: 9


Transfer Students

  • Applicants: 232
  • Admitted: 78%
  • Matriculated: 29%
  • Male: 56%
  • Female: 44%


Rank in Class  

  • 26% reporting
  • Top 10%: 60%
  • Top 25%: 95%
  • Top 50%: 99%


SATs/ACT

  • SAT: 62% reported scores
  • Critical reading: 660 median
    mid 50%: 600–710
  • Math: 620 median
    mid 50%: 570–680
  • ACT: 19% reported scores
  • Median: 27
    mid 50%: 26–31


Ethnic Diversity

  • Multiracial: 9%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 8%
  • African American/Black: 10%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 13%
  • Other/unknown: 22%
  • White/non–Hispanic: 38%

Geographic Distribution

  • 34 states
  • 22 countries
  • New England: 18%
  • New York: 25%
  • Mid–Atlantic: 13%
  • South/Southeast: 10%
  • Southwest: 1%
  • Mid-West: 7%
  • West Coast: 13%
  • International/Dual: 21%


Financial Aid

  • 68% received Bard institutional aid
  • Average aid package: $37,800 institutional aid
  • Total Bard aid awarded to first-years: $14.3 million


Academic Facts

  • 2013–14 academic year: 1,259 classes
  • Tutorials: 22%
  • Class size:
    2–10 students: 38% 
    10–20 students: 43%
    20–25 students: 17%
    30+ students: 2%
  • First- to second-year retention: 88%


Faculty

  • Total: 293
  • FTE: 198
  • Women: 40%
  • Men: 60%


Fees

  • Tuition: $47,560
  • Room and board: $13,772
  • Fees: $725 + $225 security deposit = $950
  • Additional board for first-year students (Language and Thinking, Citizen Science): $1,344
  • Total first year: $63,626


Endowment

  • $266,890,000