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

Community Programs and Services

Bard College offers a variety of educational programs and initiatives to residents of the Mid-Hudson Valley region and members of the greater Bard community.

Bridge Program

The Bridge Program allows local high school students, in their junior and senior years, 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. The Registrar’s Office 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 $270 per course. Auditors are charged $108 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 with 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 (RCP)

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 apply to RCP, see the program website.

Lifetime Learning Institute

The Lifetime Learning Institute (LLI) at Bard offers noncredit and noncompetitive courses that provide members with opportunities to share their love of learning and exchange ideas and experiences. Sponsored by Bard College in affiliation with the Road Scholar Institute Network, LLI is a member-run organization. Members actively volunteer on committees and as class presenters, planners, and managers. LLI organizes two seven-week semesters in the fall and the spring, holds January intersession events, and sponsors other educational opportunities. Membership is open to adults on a space-available basis.