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Profiles

Faculty: Daniel Mendelsohn

Daniel Mendelsohn

Daniel Mendelsohn is the Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College. An award-winning writer and critic and author of the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, he was born on Long Island and educated at the University of Virginia and at Princeton. Since 1991, when he began publishing, his essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, most frequently in the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. He has also been the weekly book critic for New York and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, and is presently a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure.
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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