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.
On the northern end of campus, Ward Manor is a magnificent and picturesque group of buildings, which includes Manor Annex, constructed during the Hudson Valley's 19th-century glory days. It houses about 70 Upper College students, some of whom have private bathrooms and balconies with a view of the Catskill Mountains.