"Bard CEP gave me the knowledge and opportunities to build a career in the field of international development. In fact, my internship led directly to my current position with UNDP as a technical advisor in its global Ecosystems and Biodiversity team. Every day in my work I apply the skills that I gained from CEP. Reflecting back on my unique multidisciplinary education at Bard, I realize that I am truly indebted to the passionate and dedicated CEP team."
Jessie Mee is from Massapequa New York and graduated from Bard in 2009. She now serves as a Technical Advisor on the Ecosystems and Biodiversity team at the UNDP. Jessie's Master's Project was on "Valuing Select Nonmarketed Forest Products in the Western Balkans: A Meta-Analysis Approach."
Class field trip to Tivoli Bays
Situated on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, with majestic views of the Catskills and access to an array of park preserves and hiking trails, Bard College is an ideal location to explore the abundant natural and cultural offerings of the Hudson Valley. Our campus is located between New York City and Albany, with Amtrak service providing access to the College. The countryside surrounding Bard is dotted with vibrant cities, towns, and small villages dating to the 17th and 18th centuries. Hudson, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, Tivoli, and Rhinebeck together provide a diversity of experiences, year-round festivals, farmers' markets, and shopping. Local theaters, night spots, music venues, and fine restaurants offer a vibrant nightlife for students.
Bard College is located on the banks of the Hudson River, about 90 miles north of New York City in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. A hallmark of education at Bard is the intensive interaction between students and faculty through small seminars, tutorials, and independent project work. Bard College’s 540-acre campus is conveniently located to take full advantage of the resources and experiences available in the Hudson Valley and New York City. With its undergraduate liberal arts curriculum, graduate programs, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, and Levy Economics Institute, Bard also provides endless opportunities for intellectual stimulation and cultural enrichment. VIEW MORE >>
Bard offers nearly 50 academic programs in four divisions. Total enrollment for Bard College and its affiliates is approximately 5,000 students. The undergraduate college has an enrollment of more than 1,900 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1.
Founded in 1860, Bard College is an independent, nonsectarian, residential, coeducational college offering a four-year B.A. program in the liberal arts and sciences and a five-year B.A./ B.S. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music—and offers an M.Music in vocal arts and in conducting. Bard also bestows an M.Music degree at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College, a public school with campuses in New York City (Manhattan and Queens) and Newark, New Jersey; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and through the Bard Prison Initiative at five correctional institutions in New York State; M.A. in curatorial studies, M.S. in economic theory and policy, and M.S. in environmental policy and in climate science and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College); American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University; as well as dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in the West Bank. For more information about Bard College, visit www.bard.edu.
Recreation and Cultural Life in the Hudson Valley
The Bard campus borders Tivoli Bays, a 1,700-acre tidal marsh that is part of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, a New York State Wildlife Management Area. Students can explore the wetlands of Tivoli Bays by kayak or canoe. Area parks and trail systems provide opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking.
The Hudson Valley is an abundant agricultural area, supplying produce, wines, and farm products to New York City and local farm stands and farmers’ markets. Scenic trails furnish further opportunities for outdoor exploration by boat or on foot in the adjacent nearshore shallows. VIEW MORE >>
Area parks and trail systems provide opportunities for cross-country skiing and biking. Rock climbing, downhill skiing, and snowboarding are popular in the nearby Catskill and Berkshire Mountains. Fly-fishing is a favorite sport in the area's fast-running streams, such as the Esopus Creek and the Roeliff Jansen Kill.
The area is also renowned for its rich contribution to early American history, literature, and art, as well as to contemporary culture. Along the Hudson's shoreline are numerous historic estates, such as Montgomery Place, Clermont, the Roosevelt family estate, the Vanderbilt estate, and Frederic Church's Olana, all of which are open to the public. Just across the river are the city of Kingston, New York State's first capital, and the town of Woodstock, known since the early 20th century for its artists' colonies, including Byrdcliffe, and an abundance of art galleries.
The region around Bard has many small, historic villages providing an array of cultural activities. There are numerous local theaters as well as excellent restaurants, many of them staffed by chefs who graduated from the nearby Culinary Institute of America.
Bard College hosts concerts throughout the year, offering music for every taste, from American Symphony Orchestra performances to jazz, opera, and folk music, including recitals of Bard's Balinese gamelan music ensemble. The critically acclaimed Bard Music Festival takes place on campus each summer in conjunction with Bard SummerScape, which presents operas, films, and theatrical productions that complement the festival’s theme. The Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center, Poughkeepsie's Bardavon Theater, and the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston are all within a 25-mile radius of the campus. The Kaatsbaan International Dance Center is in the village of Tivoli, adjacent to Bard.
The recipient of a $60 million gift from the Open Society Foundations in recognition of its global involvement, Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement supports, coordinates, and promotes the wide array of initiatives that define Bard as a private institution in the public interest.
A number of Bard projects and centers are affiliated with the Center for Civic Engagement, including the Hannah Arendt Center, Human Rights Project, Institute for International Liberal Education, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City, and Institute for Writing and Thinking.
In addition to being a designated site for the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Bard campus is also home to the environmental research institute Hudsonia, Ltd. and the Bard College Field Station. Their researchers take advantage of the unique ecology that harbors more than 200 species of fish and many thousands of plants, animals, and microbes.
The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (CIES) in nearby Millbrook, New York, is an internationally known research facility where collaborative inquiry unravels the complexity of ecosystem processes more readily and comprehensively than individual efforts. Bard College and the Center have established a formal partnership with the CIES, facilitating teaching and research exchanges for both faculty and students.
Due to limited availability of on-campus housing, priority will be given to graduate students who have external restrictions to off-campus housing. Bard CEP helps graduate students connect with their incoming class to find roommates and broaden the types of apartment opportunities available. Graduate students generally live in Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Tivoli, Hudson, Kingston, Germantown, and surrounding areas. For students seeking off campus housing, please refer to the following links:
There is limited on campus housing available to graduate students for the 2014–2015 academic year. In total there are 21 graduate rooms available in three different housing options:
• Briggs House – Small house on the outskirts of south campus. Briggs house offers five (5) individual bedrooms, two on the 1st floor, three on the 2nd floor, kitchen/sitting area, 2 bathrooms (one on each floor) and a washer/dryer.
• Village E – Suite-style building with each suite offering three (3) bedrooms, kitchen, common room and bathroom. Washers and dryers are located within the building for occupants to share. Each suite has 2 single occupancy rooms and 1 double occupancy room. There are a total of eight student beds in this area.
• Kappa House – Small house located in a central campus location, close to the library, dining hall and gymnasium. Kappa offers 6 bedrooms (two bedrooms are shared and four are individual bedrooms) all on one level which include a kitchen, sitting area, 2 bathrooms and a washer/dryer. All buildings have thermostats for heat control and Ethernet (wireless and RJ-45 jacks). Each room is furnished with a bed frame, extra long twin size mattress, dresser, desk and chair. Handicap accessible rooms are available for graduate student use. Any specific needs should be noted on the Graduate Housing Profile Form.
TO REQUEST GRADUATE HOUSING Students requesting to reside on campus should complete the Graduate Housing Profile and submit it directly to the Office of Residence Life & Housing via mail (PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000) or fax (845-758-7827). Requests should be made no later than June 1, 2014. Students will be placed based upon preference, information from the Graduate Housing Profile and availability of space. Every effort will be made to match your preference, but no guarantees can be made. Singles are not guaranteed.
CONFIRMATION OF GRADUATE HOUSING Students who have submitted a Graduate Housing Profile form by June 1st will be notified of housing placement in mid July. Graduate Students who request, but do not receive housing, will be placed on a wait list and will be notified immediately if any spaces become available.
Payment There is no special housing deposit required. The Office of Student Accounts will include the housing fee on the student’s tuition bill.
Once a student completes a Housing Profile and Facility Use Agreement form for a room on-campus, a commitment is made to live on-campus for the full academic school year. Thus, if a student decides to move off campus in the spring, there is still responsibility for the spring housing fees. Exceptions are made for students away on internships or other activities that are part of the structure of their program.
Check-In for Housing Students MUST pick up keys in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Campus Center on Saturday, August 30, 2014, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Students must be financially clear with the Office of Student Accounts before keys can be issued. Any student who may have a conflict with the check-in time, must notify the Office of Residence Life & Housing prior to check-in.
Any student needing to move in prior to August 30th, due to flight itinerary or other extenuating circumstance, should contact the Office of Residence Life & Housing to make arrangements. If this arrangement is granted there is an additional fee ($25 per day). Programs with an academic calendar beginning prior to this date may arrive as arranged by the department. However, students approved to move onto campus early, may have to move to a temporary location dependent on summer occupancy.
Students are required to move out of housing by 3 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2015, (unless summer housing is paid for during the summer months—see the second paragraph of Intersession Housing below).
Intersession Housing Students wishing to keep their room over the Bard intersession between fall and spring semesters have the option to do so at no additional cost, although housing is formally closed to ALL students during the Winter Break (typically December 21 - January 2).
Students enrolled in a graduate program for a second year will be given the option to pay for summer housing. Students should notify the Office of Residence Life & Housing and Student Accounts of this decision, no later than May 1, 2014. Please note, due to summer housing requirements, summer housing placement will be in a different room than your academic year placement.
Special Circumstance Housing Any student wishing to be considered for Special Circumstance Housing (due to medical, physical, or psychological conditions), should contact the Office of Residence Life & Housing. Even if granted Special Circumstance Housing in the past, students are still required to discuss their housing needs with the office for the upcoming school year.
Housing Questions Any housing questions should be directed to the Director of Housing.
CONTACT INFORMATION Residence Life: 845-758-7455, firstname.lastname@example.org Student Accounts: 845-758-7520, email@example.com Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies: 845-758-7895, firstname.lastname@example.org Buildings and Grounds (B&G): 845-758-7465