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Student Stories

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Profiles

Faculty: Michael Specter

Michael Specter

Michael Specter joined the Bard faculty in 2012 as visiting professor of environmental and urban studies. Specter has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1998, where he writes about science, technology, and global public health. In 2011, he was awarded the World Health Organization's Stop TB Partnership Award for Excellence in Reporting. In 2009, he won the Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking for his book Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives.
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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