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Why choose Bard College? The unique and rigorous curriculum, stunning campus, and close relationships with faculty are a few of the reasons our students decided to make Bard their home. Here they talk about what drew them to the college in the beginning and the scholarly, creative community they've found on campus since.


Student: Julia DeFabo ’14

Julia DeFabo ’14

Julia studies anthropology, French, and Africana studies at Bard. Her interest in Western representations of African art has brought her a long way from her hometown near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—as a Bard student she’s interned at an Atlanta museum and will spend a semester in Senegal studying the nation’s language and culture.
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Bard College Farm

The Bard College Farm provides organic produce to the Bard College campus, growing more than 30 crops and including beekeeping and the largest cranberry bog in the Hudson Valley. The farm is worked by students and has expanded into a larger sustainable food initiative at the college.

Bard Works

Bard Works is a career-oriented professional development program for juniors and seniors at Bard College that prepares them for success in the workplace. With the help of alumni/ae, parents, and mentors, participants explore how to convert their Bard experience in the liberal arts to a job after college.

Language and Thinking

The Language and Thinking Program is an intensive introduction to the liberal arts and sciences attended by all incoming Bard students for three weeks in August of their first year.

Live Arts Bard

Live Arts Bard (LAB) is a laboratory for new performance at the College. Its aim is to develop a community of visiting artists and students who work side by side on creative projects.

Saim Saeed ’13: Study Abroad

A political studies and philosophy major, Bard College alumnus Saim Saeed ’13 won a Davis Projects for Peace Award as an undergraduate. In this interview, he talks about the importance of his study abroad experience at Bard.

Neil Gaiman at Bard College

Acclaimed author and Bard College professor in the arts Neil Gaiman discusses how he began to teach writing at Bard in the spring of 2013.

The Bard Music Festival

Bard College president and Bard Music Festival artistic codirector Leon Botstein discusses the centennial of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and introduces the 2013 Bard Music Festival, Stravinsky and His World.

Bard College Debate Union

Bard debaters are having a big impact on campus and in the local community. Here, they discuss building friendships and pushing their intellectual boundaries in competition.

Commencement 2013

On Saturday, May 25, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired space shuttle commander Mark Kelly, gave the commencement address at Bard, urging the class of 2013 to take risks and not fear failure.

President Mahama Visits Bard

President John Dramani Mahama of the Republic of Ghana delivered the keynote lecture at the inaugural Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum at Bard College on December 9, 2013. (President Mahama's lecture begins at 1:06:44)

Why I Chose Bard

Samuel Pratt '14 chose Bard because the idea of a double major in philosophy and dance really appealed to him. “What I knew was that any academic pursuit was going to be integral to my growth and evolution as an artist.”

Bill T. Jones on SummerScape

Choreographer and Bard resident artist Bill T. Jones talks about A Rite—a new work by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company—and the significance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

Bard Conservatory of Music

Bard professor Jeffrey Kahane talks about his vision for teaching in the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the role of musicians in the world.

Transformation and Inspiration

Mary McCarthy called Bard a "mad, exciting place." This student-created holiday video offers a glimpse of the transformative, interdisciplinary experiences that students have at Bard.

Greater China Tour

The Bard College Conservatory of Music created this video in preparation for its summer 2012 tour of China, in which Bard students played in seven cities and met Chinese musicians and students.

Education for a Common Good

Bard celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010, reflecting on a legacy of academic excellence and launching the 150th Anniversary Campaign.