Faculty: Mary Caponegro

Mary Caponegro

Mary Caponegro is the Richard B. Fisher Family Professor in Literature and Writing at Bard, and has been on the faculty since 2002. She was born in Brooklyn and has lived in Italy, graduating in 1978 from Bard College and going on to receive her master’s degree from Brown University. Author Jonathan Safran Foer has called her “one of the most imaginative, daring, serious and playful writers alive.”
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Transfer Students: Return to College Program

A cornerstone of Bard College's mission is a commitment to the transformative nature of a liberal arts education and the role of the liberally educated student in a democratic society. This power to transform extends to students beyond traditional college age and, for this reason, the College has historically been committed to its programs that serve this population, specifically the Returning to College Program (RCP).

Individuals who are 25 years of age or older and have successfully completed at least one year of college work (as determined by the Registrar of the College) may apply to Bard through the RCP as transfer students. Please note, however, those who have already earned a bachelor's degree are ineligible for this program.

About the Program

The Returning to College Program resists the separation of adult degree students and regular undergraduates. The program is founded on the premise that returning students benefit from participating in the regular undergraduate curriculum, taking their places at the seminar table, the lab bench, and barre, and learning from and with their younger colleagues. VIEW MORE >>

Applying to the Return to College Program

Application to the Returning to College Program is on a rolling basis. For more information, please contact Greg Armbruster at 845-758-7472 or

How to Apply and When

In general, all transfer forms and supplements are applicable for RCP students. However, while we prefer recommendation letters from college instructors, we recognize that this may not be possible for RCP candidates; therefore, personal or employment recommendations are accepted. In addition to the application forms listed on the transfer student webpage, RCP candidates are required to: VIEW MORE >>

Financial Aid

RCP students are eligible for financial aid if they register for 12 or more credits in one semester. The FAFSA, CSS PROFILE, and a copy of the most current tax return must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. If an RCP student registers for fewer than 12 credits in a given semester, the cost is calculated on a per-credit basis and no financial aid is available.