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 2017-18


Bard College Catalogue 2017-18

Bard Microcolleges

Built on the success of the Bard Prison Initiative, Bard microcolleges offer high-quality, degree-granting, tuition-free college opportunities to communities most often isolated from the university experience. For each microcollege, Bard partners with one or more distinguished organizations recognized for a commitment to supporting structurally disadvantaged members of society. At each site, Bard operates a three-year associate in arts degree program, while the partner institutions provide critical resources, such as classroom and study space, a pool of applicants, scholarships, transportation, and the social services students may need in order to focus on college.

At its essence, the microcollege builds alliances between institutions that are conventionally separate from one another but have overlapping missions, common purpose, and shared core values. By pooling resources and finding efficiencies among innovative social service, educational, and cultural organizations, the Bard microcollege creates a new and cost-effective model for students who might otherwise never attend or graduate from college.

The pilot microcollege launched in August 2016 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. There, Bard collaborates with The Care Center, a community-based organization that has for 30 years worked to support young women who have left high school and are either pregnant or parenting. Bard Microcollege Holyoke is creating educational and socioeconomic opportunities for the poorest women in the Pioneer Valley, with wide-ranging and lasting effects for students and their families. Bard Microcollege at the Brooklyn Public Library is scheduled to begin in 2017–18.