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Bard Early College in New Orleans
3820 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
504-439-0122 (office)
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BECNO is a home for intellectual ambition, critical inquiry, and the pleasure of asking big questions. We enroll ambitious young people—regardless of academic background—from nearly every public high school in New Orleans. The impact of their hard work is felt by students, families, and schools across New Orleans.


BECNO immerses students in serious undergraduate study. As a satellite campus of Bard College, BECNO is held to Bard’s high standards of academic excellence. BECNO gives bright young people of all academic backgrounds the opportunity to immerse themselves in the conversations, standards, and rigor that define some of the best colleges in the country.

BECNO alumni frequently report back that their BECNO courses were more demanding than their traditional college courses.


BECNO students are uniquely well prepared to thrive in demanding, four-year colleges: they know what to expect, they know how to ask more of themselves, and they know how to succeed. Since 2011, BECNO’s alumni have far outpaced the national average of college persistence. A remarkable 97% of program alumni remain enrolled in college.


BECNO students access meaningful postsecondary opportunities and resources:
  • 98% of alumni have been accepted to four-year colleges
  • The average financial aid/scholarship award to a BECNO student last year was $30,240
  • 85% of open-admissions, 9th-12th grade New Orleans high schools have partnered with BECNO
  • Bard College awards over $1.8 million in college credits annually to New Orleans public school students, tuition-free.