Bard College Student Handbook

Dean of Student Affairs Office

Center for Student Life & Advising, Sottery Hall, phone: 7454



The Dean of Student Affairs Office is concerned primarily with the personal, ethical, and intellectual growth of students and works to maintain the general welfare of both individual students and the campus community.  The Dean of Student Affairs Office oversees BRAVE, Bertelsmann Campus Center and Student Activities, Counseling Services, Health Services, Residence Life, and Wellness. The office promotes an atmosphere wherein students can develop an idea of themselves as academics while addressing specific needs of the individual student and residential community.

Informed by the academic mission of the College, student services consciously takes care to foster the growth of the individual by helping and protecting the campus environment, and contributes to a student’s exploration of intellectual, artistic, and ethical interests through thematic programming, which reinforces the aim of the academic philosophy.

The Dean of Student Affairs Office serves as an information service and is a resource for addressing a variety of community or private concerns. The office tries to accommodate individual circumstances to ensure that all students are successful in their adjustment to college life.

The Assistant Dean of Students and the Assistant Dean of Studies work with first-year students to help them acclimate socially and academically to the College. They oversee programmatic initiatives tailored to meet the varied needs of the first-year class, meet with students on an individual basis, and oversee orientation programming throughout the Language and Thinking program.  They are the primary contact for parents of first-year students, as well as faculty, staff, and students, who engage with first years.  

They also help you navigate your sophomore, junior and senior years, from moderation to senior project. After your first-year, you are assigned a dean for your remaining three years at the college.