Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
The Alumni/ae Center, an 8,500-square-foot building located across the street from the College's main entrance, opened its doors in 2012. In addition to housing the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs, the newly constructed space is configured to allow alumni/ae to host small functions, gather informally, set up readings and exhibitions, and interact with faculty and students. The purchase of the property was made possible by donations from an anonymous alumnus and a small group of alumni/ae.