Bard Class Profile

Class of 2020

Bard College's class of 2020

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 23 countries, bringing with them their passion, creativity, and intellectual engagement.

Who Are They?

Incoming Students

  • First-year students: 514
  • Applications received: 6,820
  • Admitted: 2,318
  • Active waitlist: 675
  • Admitted from waitlist: 10
  • Male: 39%
  • Female: 61%
  • Public school: 60%
  • Homeschooled (partial or complete): <1%

Early Decision

  • Applicants: 80
  • Admitted: 57%
  • Matriculated: 99%

Early Action 

  • Applicants: 1,547
  • Admitted: 60%
  • Matriculated: 36%

Immediate Decision Plan

  • Applicants: 170
  • Admitted: 85%
  • Matriculated: 39%

Bard Entrance Examination

  • Applicants: 56
  • Admitted: 16%
  • Matriculated: 44%

Transfer Students

  • Applicants: 339
  • Admitted: 59% 
  • Matriculated: 27%

Where Do They Come From?

Geographic Distribution

  • States: 38 + Puerto Rico
  • Countries: 23
  • New England: 18%
  • New York: 28%
  • Mid–Atlantic: 16%
  • South/Southeast: 8%
  • Southwest: 2%
  • Midwest: 5%
  • West: 18%
  • International/Dual: 22%

Ethnic Diversity

  • Multiracial: 16%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 14%
  • African American/Black: 10%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 15%
  • Native American: <1%
  • Other/unknown: 9%
  • White/non–Hispanic: 51%

Rank in Class  

  • Reporting: 24.5%
  • Top 10 percent: 43%
  • Top 25 percent: 83%
  • Top 50 percent: 94%

SATs/ACT

  • SAT reported scores: 33%
    Critical reading: 640 median
    Math: 620 median
  • ACT reported scores: 27%
    Median: 29

Bard by the Numbers

Financial Aid

  • Received Bard institutional aid: 64%
  • Average aid package: $40,737
    14% loans, 86% grants
    $35,429 institutional aid
  • Total Bard aid awarded to first-years (2016–17): $12.7 million
  • Total aid awarded (2016–17): $45 million
  • Average debt: $28,261
  • Pell Grant recipients (2016–17): 23%

Academic Facts

  • 2016–17 academic year: 1,267 classes
  • Tutorials: 13%
  • Class size: 
    2–10 students: 33%
    10–20 students: 51%
    20–25 students: 14%
    30+ students: 2%
  • First- to second-year retention: 88%

Faculty 2016–2017

  • Total: 273
  • Full time: 210
  • Women: 49%
  • Men: 51%
  • Faculty of color: 16%
  • Terminal degree: 89%

Fees

  • Tuition: $50,704
  • Room and board: $14,540
  • Fees: Health Service: $470
    Activity fee: $210
    Security deposit: $225
  • Additional board for first-year students (Language and Thinking, Citizen Science): $1,428
  • Total first year: $67,627
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