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.
Resnick Commons contains 14 environmentally friendly student residence halls, designed with Bard student input. They include Resnick Commons A through Resnick Commons L, and the recently built McCausland and Brown.
Resnick Commons A, C, G, McCausland, and Brown are corridor-style buildings with a common area lounge, kitchen, and laundry facilities. All other buildings are suite style, with self-contained suites consisting of three bedrooms, common area, kitchen, and shared bathroom.
Resnick Commons buildings make use of timber from non-virgin sources, and are heated and cooled using a geothermal heat exchange system. Eventually the site will be extensively reforested.