Bard College Catalogue

The Bard College Catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the College's undergraduate programs and courses, curriculum, admission and financial aid procedures, student activities and services, history, campus facilities, affiliated institutions including graduate programs, and faculty and administration.

Bard College Catalogue 2016-17

Bard College Catalogue 2016-17

Community Programs and Services

The following programs and initiatives serve residents of the Mid Hudson Valley region and members of the greater Bard community.

Bridge Program

The Bridge Program allows local high school students to enroll in Bard courses for credit, although not as degree candidates. Bridge students may take one or two Bard courses per semester, in addition to their high school work. Their participation is subject to the availability of space and requires written permission from their high school, their parent or guardian, and the instructor. Application for enrollment is through the Admission Office, which maintains a record of grades and credits earned and provides transcripts as required.

Students pay a registration fee of $175 and a tuition fee of $262 per course. Auditors are charged $105 per course plus a $175 registration fee. The refund schedule is as follows. Prior to the first week of classes, 100 percent of tuition and fees is refundable. Beginning the first day of classes, the registration fee is not refundable; tuition only is refundable, as follows: if withdrawal occurs during the first week of classes, 80 percent is refunded; during the second week, 60 percent is refunded; within four weeks, 30 percent is refunded. After four weeks, there is no refund for tuition.

Returning to College Program (RTCP)

A cornerstone of Bard College’s mission is a commitment to the transformative nature of a liberal arts education and the role of the liberally educated student in a democratic society. This power to transform extends to students beyond traditional college age. For more than 30 years, the College served this population under the aegis of the Continuing Studies Program. In 2007 the program was redesigned as the Returning to College Program. RCP is founded on the premise that returning students benefit from participating in the regular undergraduate curriculum, learning from and with their younger ­colleagues. While RCP students engage in a rigorous encounter with their courses of study, Bard recognizes the real-world difficulties in asking adult students for this level of engagement. To this end, Bard is committed to making the return to college more cost-effective than a traditional undergraduate program and to providing academic and other support to RCP students. The program is for students who are at least 25 years of age and who have successfully completed some accredited college work. To learn more about applying to RCP, see

Lifetime Learning Institute (LLI)

The Lifetime Learning Institute at Bard offers noncredit and noncompetitive courses that provide LLI members with opportunities to share their love of learning and to exchange ideas and experiences. Sponsored by Bard College in affiliation with the Elderhostel Institute Network, LLI is entirely self-administered by volunteers, who are encouraged to become committee workers, presenters, planners, and course coordinators. Courses are held during the spring and fall semesters, and during a January intersession. Membership is open to older adults for a modest fee, on a space-available basis. For more information, visit

Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College

he Landscape and Arboretum Program is charged with promoting tree conservation and preservation on the Bard campus, and offers horticultural education, ­outreach, and research. Noncredit, adult education courses—offered at the College through the New York Botanical Garden—are open to the public and to members of the Bard community. Other events sponsored by the program include an annual Arbor Day tree celebration, campus garden tours, and lectures. Additionally, the Arboretum offers a summer internship and work-study positions to several undergraduate students each year. The Bard campus (including the newly acquired Montgomery Place) is home to seven of New York’s biggest tree species, as listed on the New York Big Tree Registry: red hickory, blue spruce, scarlet oak, black maple, cucumber magnolia, sweet gum, and Osage orange. For up-to-date information on events and courses, visit