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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Visiting Bard

A visit to Bard will help you get a feel for life at the College

The fusion of two historic estates, Bard's campus covers more than 500 acres of fields and forested land bordering the Hudson River. Come see us. Make an appointment for a student-guided tour of the facilities, go to a campus event, and explore the Hudson Valley. During your stay, you can attend an information session with an admission counselor and ask any questions in person. Take in the beauty of our campus, get to know the College, and take the next step toward choosing Bard.

Campus Tours and Q&A

We want to meet you! Reserve a space on our next campus tour. We also offer tours of some of our performing arts facilities, guided tours for large groups, and special admission events.

Maps and Directions

Use the information on the page linked below to plan your trip to Bard College by air, train, or car. You may also follow one of our sample travel itineraries.

Bard on the Road

Admission staff members travel across the country and around the world every year. Take a look at our interactive map to see if they are coming to a town near you.

Local Accommodations

The towns and villages near Bard have all sorts of hotels, motels, inns, and bed & breakfasts, many of which offer discounts for Bard visitors. Please mention Bard when making your reservations.

Local Restaurants

Nearby Red Hook, Tivoli, Rhinebeck, and the surrounding areas boast a large selection of restaurants, from convenient and economical cafés to fine dining.

Visiting Virtually

If you are unable to arrange a visit, get to know our campus by exploring our campus life pages or learn more by asking a Bard student.