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.
Cruger Village is a group of residence halls which includes Cruger, Keen North, Keen South, Oberholzer, and the "Treehouses" (Maple, Mulberry, Spruce, and Sycamore). Typically home to first-year students, Cruger Village residence halls constitute smaller residential communities, with shared kitchen and laundry facilities.
Cruger, Keen North & South are heated and cooled using geothermal systems. A solar thermal hot water system is in use at Keen.