Incoming and New Students

Incoming and New Students

Welcome to Bard! We wish you good health in the years to come

For many incoming students, this is the first time you will have to be dealing with health issues on your own. We at Health Services can help you by providing you with tools so you are better able to make smart, mature choices, and live a balanced life. Taking responsibility for your self  sometimes means asking for help.  We are available if you have an illness or injury, or if you simply have questions about your health, sexuality or life.  Counseling Services offer short-term consultations and psychotherapy, workshops, and access to a consulting psychiatrist, as well as referrals to off campus providers. Most services offered at Health and Counseling Services are covered by the Student Health fee, and you can be seen by our providers, regardless of your insurance coverage.


There are many resources available to assist with your decision to stop smoking. We offer nicotine replacement products and counseling at Health Service. Or you can get advice and free nicotine replacement products from New York State here.
Also check out the Quit Smoking Community or join their Facebook group for online support.


We are open Monday through Thursday from 9AM- 7PM
Friday 9AM-- 5PM
Please call for an appointment 845-758-7433.

Please note: You do NOT have to have the Bard insurance to be seen here.
Please bring your most current insurance card with you to each visit.

Need to get to an appointment off campus? UBER and LYFT are now both available in the area, if you choose not to use a Zip car.
The CATS program is still available for mental health appointments.

Here are some things we think you should know.

If you have private (non Bard) health insurance through your family, please make sure that you have an insurance card or a LEGIBLE paper copy of front AND back, and that you know how to use it. If you have purchased the Bard insurance, the card will be sent to you at school.

We do recommend that you come to college with a basic "medicine cabinet" which includes:
  • any prescription medications you take in their original bottles
  • a thermometer that you know how to use (a true fever starts at 100.5'F/ 38'C)
  • pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • bandaids, and a topical antibiotic ointment such as Bacitracin
  • cold medicines, such as decongestants, cough syrup, cough drops
  • oral allergy medications such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or cetirizine (Zyrtec)
  • hydrocortisone cream or diphenhydramine cream for itchy bug bites or rashes
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • tweezers or special tick remover for when you forget to use your bug spray