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.
Kline Commons, the main dining facility, contains a large main dining room, smaller alcove dining rooms, meeting rooms, and a faculty dining area. An expansion during the summer of 2011 added almost 200 seats, including sofas and other informal seating. Further improvements in 2012 include enhancements to the kitchen and servery, which provide multiple stations and a variety of cuisines. Through a continuous service plan, students on the meal plan enjoy the flexibility of dining at the hour of their choice. The Green Onion Grocer, which serves as the campus market, is located in Kline Commons. A variety of produce, dairy, and staple items are available for students to purchase with cash or Bard Bucks. The Green Onion is open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.