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About the Program accreditation


Bard College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The courses of study leading to the bachelor of arts and bachelor of music degrees at Bard are registered by the New York State Education Department. The programs of study leading to the master of arts, master of fine arts, master of music, and master of science in environmental policy degrees and the doctor of philosophy degree in the history of the decorative arts, design, and culture at Bard are registered by the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education and the Professions, 89 Washington Avenue, 2 Mezzanine West, Education Building, Albany, NY 12234; phone: 518-474-3862;

Bard is also a member of the Association of American Colleges, the College Entrance Examination Board, the American Council on Education, the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, the Associated Colleges of the Mid-Hudson Area, and the Educational Records Bureau.

Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Bard College complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This act assures students attending a postsecondary institution that they have the right to inspect and review certain of their educational records and, by following the guidelines provided by the College, to correct inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings. It protects students’ rights to privacy by limiting transfer of these records without their consent, except in specific circumstances. Students have the right to file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., 20202-5920. College policy relating to the maintenance of student records is available upon request from the Office of the Registrar.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Bard College does not discriminate in education, employment, admission, or services on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, age, religion, national origin, or handicapping conditions. This policy is consistent with state mandates and with governmental statutes and regulations, including those pursuant to Title IX of the Federal Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions regarding compliance with the above requirements and requests for assistance should be directed to the Vice President for Administration, Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000.

Be advised that the provisions of this website are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and Bard College or its officers and faculty. The College reserves the right to make changes affecting admission procedures, tuition, fees, courses of instruction, programs of study, faculty listings, academic grading policies, and general regulations. The information on this website is current, but is subject to change without notice.


2015 application is now available in Slideroom. 

Please visit our 'applying' page for the link and application guidelines.

Alumna Corrine Fitzpatrick MFA '11 writes about the Bard MFA program for Artforum's

Info Sessions dates are now posted.