Bard College Student Handbook

Welcome to Bard

The Bard College Student Handbook is published annually as a reference guide for many aspects of student life, including policies of the College, regulations governing student life, campus events and calendars that guide you through the academic year. Please read it and keep it available for reference. Academic regulations appear in full in the Bard College Catalogue. Questions may be directed to the Dean of Student Affairs Office at 845-758-7454 or

Bard has a long tradition as a place of refuge for scholars who face difficulties in their home countries. The College benefited immeasurably from the influence of émigré scholars who came to Bard in the 1940s and 1950s. Today the values we live by reflect our commitment to tolerance and understanding in an environment free of all forms of discrimination.

Bard maintains a supportive, intellectually rich environment where students can engage themselves to the fullest while respecting all members of the community. The College is committed to maintaining a high standard of behavior based on trust, honesty, and tolerance. We hope your time here will be both intellectually stimulating and socially rewarding.