Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus.
Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community. Bard’s undergraduate program is based in Annandale, but students can take advantage of many opportunities outside the region, through Bard programs from New Orleans to Budapest and Bard College Berlin
. Bard’s philosophy is that colleges can and should play a broad role in education; for this reason, Bard operates or partners with high schools and graduate schools. Many Bard College undergraduate students began at Bard Early Colleges, or pursue a master’s degree through Bard in conjunction with or after completing their bachelor’s.