Bard Early Colleges

Student Profiles

Xavier Edwards ‘14

Xavier Edwards ‘14

“At BHSEC, I realized after a while that my thinking was different.” VIEW MORE >>
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Evaluating Equity and Excellence


What makes BHSEC schools so successful? See below to view results from an independent research study by Metis Associates and the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST). The document outlines the academic advantages New York City students receive by attending BHSEC schools. 


An Excellent Education

A high-quality model that works

In the Bard High School Early College Class of 2018, 83% of students completed the Associate's degree; 96% of students completed the high school diploma with at least one year of transferable college credit. Across the Bard Early College network of 2,850 students, over 40% of students are first generation college students, over 60% are low-income, and over 70% are students of color.

Cost Savings

By allowing students to take college courses free of charge while completing high school, Bard Early Colleges save students and governments thousands of dollars.

  • Bard's early colleges can save up to approximately $27,200 for students at public colleges and $72,600 for students at private colleges by reducing the time needed to complete a bachelor's degree.
  • Bard's early colleges save money for government, by decreasing required schooling, reducing remedial education costs, and increasing graduation rates among students.

Bard Early Colleges leverage both public and private resources to provide two years of college at a much lower cost than at traditional colleges and universities.

Cost Savings