Bard Early Colleges provide a rigorous college course of study for high school–age students that emphasizes critical thinking, writing, discussion, and inquiry through deep immersion in the liberal arts and sciences.
Through a tuition-free, engaging college program in the liberal arts and sciences with robust supports, the Bard Early Colleges help high school students, particularly those at risk of not completing postsecondary education, access, afford, and complete college prepared to contribute to the workforce and civic life. The Bard Early Colleges simultaneously work to create the conditions in which early college education can thrive and expand to serve more students across the country.
Bard Early Colleges are premised on the belief that intellectually curious high school–age students, irrespective of background, are ready and eager to do serious college work, that their ambition should be taken seriously, and that a liberal arts education can effectively engage them and prepare them to excel as the next generation of leaders.
Students at Bard Early Colleges are encouraged to value learning, question assumptions, engage in reasoned debate, and strengthen their own voices. Students develop robust analytical writing, problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills and a strong foundation for upper level college classes through discussion-based Socratic seminar classes across the liberal arts and sciences. The rigor and standards of the college courses offered at the Bard Early Colleges are consistent with those across the Bard College network.