Campus Life

Photo by Peter Aaron
Photo by Peter Aaron '68/Esto


The campus contains more than 70 buildings of varied architectural styles, from 19th-century stone houses and riverfront mansions to structures designed by noted contemporary architects. Most of the College's facilities are clustered at the center of campus: Kline Commons, with its main student dining hall and meeting places for students and faculty; classrooms; libraries; the computer centers; science labs; art studios; and the gymnasium. The Bertelsmann Campus Center provides a spacious setting for social and intellectual exchange among members of the Bard community. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts contains two theaters and offers student performances and professional music, dance, and theater. Several residence halls are located in the central campus area, while others are within easy walking or bicycling distance. A free shuttle provides regular service between the campus and the neighboring towns of Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Tivoli.