Life at Bard

  • Our Campus

    The fusion of two historic estates, Bard's campus covers more than 500 acres of fields and forested land bordering the Hudson River. Photo by Peter Aaron '68/Esto The fusion of two historic estates, Bard's campus covers more than 500 acres of fields and forested land bordering the Hudson River. Photo by Peter Aaron '68/Esto
  • Residence Life

    Residence Life at Bard is active and varied, with more than 40 student residences offering a range of social styles and sizes. Residence Life at Bard is active and varied, with more than 40 student residences offering a range of social styles and sizes. MORE >>
  • Facilities

    The Bertelsmann Campus Center is the hub of social activity on campus, featuring a bookstore, cafe, post office, cinema, computer lab, lounge, and meeting spaces. Photo by Cory Weaver The Bertelsmann Campus Center is the hub of social activity on campus, featuring a bookstore, cafe, post office, cinema, computer lab, lounge, and meeting spaces. Photo by Cory Weaver MORE >>
  • Life in the Hudson Valley

    Students enjoy shopping, dining, and entertainment in the nearby towns of Red Hook, Rhinecliff, and Tivoli. Students enjoy shopping, dining, and entertainment in the nearby towns of Red Hook, Rhinecliff, and Tivoli.
  • Athletics

    Bard's intercollegiate, intramural, and club sports are active on campus, and the College offers instructional classes and training in the newly renovated fitness center. Bard's intercollegiate, intramural, and club sports are active on campus, and the College offers instructional classes and training in the newly renovated fitness center. MORE >>
  • Civic Engagement

    The Center for Civic Engagement supports student-led initiatives and internships, community involvement, and sustainability efforts on campus. The Center for Civic Engagement supports student-led initiatives and internships, community involvement, and sustainability efforts on campus. MORE >>
  • Student Clubs and Organizations

    Student organizations are active at Bard, and new clubs start every semester. Students choose from such organizations as the Bard Free Press, Black Student Organization, Christian Fellowship, and Queer Straight Alliance. Student organizations are active at Bard, and new clubs start every semester. Students choose from such organizations as the Bard Free Press, Black Student Organization, Christian Fellowship, and Queer Straight Alliance. MORE >>
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Our Campus

Life at Bard

Bard’s 540-acre parklike setting is situated on the east shore of the Hudson River in New York State.

Students stroll or bike to class among stately trees and admire spectacular sunsets over the Catskill Mountains. They study, work, and relax in campus buildings as varied as the flora, from the venerable buildings on Stone Row to cutting-edge contemporary architecture. Bard’s Annandale campus is a center from which students explore the rich natural and cultural life of the Hudson Valley, and also have easy access by car or train to New York City, about 90 miles to the south. Students enjoy world-class performing arts venues on campus, and can choose from more than a hundred active student clubs, ranging in subject from astronomy to tango.

Center for Student Life and Advising

Support · Advise · Engage · Challenge

The Center for Student Life & Advising (CSLA) at Bard College is committed to supporting students in their academic and extracurricular endeavors. We provide academic and personal advice as well mentorship to students throughout their time at the College. CSLA comprises the offices of the Dean of Student Affairs, the Dean of Studies, and International Student Services.

Weather at Bard

Students at Bard experience four distinct and beautiful seasons. There is a wide variety of weather throughout the year, from hot and sunny afternoons to cold and snowy winter days.