About Bard

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Student Stories

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Profiles

Faculty: Leon Botstein

Leon Botstein

Leon Botstein has been president of Bard College since 1975, where he is also Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. He is chairman of the board of the Central European University and a board member of the Open Society Foundations. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He is coartistic director of the SummerScape and Bard Music Festivals at Bard College, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he served as music director from 2003 to 2010.
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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