What We Do
The Office of First-Year Experience at Bard has special responsibilities working with first-year students on transitional issues. The assistant dean supports new students with concerns specific to the first year of college. This office also coordinates orientation programs for students and parents during the Language and Thinking Program and throughout the academic year. The assistant dean is the primary contact for parents of first-year students and faculty, staff, and students with concerns about the first year at Bard, such as social and adjustment issues, academic matters, College regulations and requirements, and issues of campus safety.
You will be mailed information about your e-mail address, the required summer readings for the Language and Thinking Program
, and the mathematics diagnostic. For international students: This will come via e-mail to the e-mail address you gave us when applying to Bard. In early June, please check that e-mail address for an electronic packet from Mary Ann Krisa, assistant dean of students/director of the first-year experience.
You will receive an e-mail from Bard (at your new @bard.edu address) with your housing and roommate information.
You will receive an e-mail through your @bard.edu e-mail with detailed information about the check-in process on your arrival date of August 10.
If you wish to mail boxes of personal items to campus prior to your arrival you are welcome to do so.
August 10, you arrive at Bard!
All first-year students are expected to arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Early arrival for international students is after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8.
you will participate in the Language and Thinking Program
. This is a pass/fail program and is required for matriculation into the College. You are expected to attend all class sessions, complete all assignments, and participate fully in class.
Students will meet with an academic advisor and register for courses during Matriculation Days, which take place during the last week of the Language and Thinking Program.