First-Year Students

Contact Us

Bard College
Dean of Student Affairs Office

Center for Student Life and Advising
PO Box 5000
(30 Campus Road)
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

Mary Ann Krisa
Assistant Dean of Students,
Director of the First-Year Experience
Phone: 845-758-7454

First-Year Guide

Language & Thinking Booklet

First-Year Events

Monday, October 19, 2015

A Round Table Discussion
Ibn Tufayl's "Hayy Ibn Yaqzan"

Monday, November 2, 2015

A Round Table Discussion
Rene Descartes: A Life Well Hidden

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Round Table Discussion
John Milton's "Paradise Lost"

Welcome, First-Year Students!

A Message from Dean Krisa


Congratulations on your acceptance to Bard College. I am the first-year dean and I am very excited to get to meet you. Throughout the summer you will receive various correspondence to help you to prepare for your arrival. Should you find that you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Again, congratulations! We are looking forward to welcoming you to our community.


Mary Ann Krisa
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the First-Year Experience

What We Do

Mary Ann Krisa, assistant dean of students and director of the first-year experience, works closely with new students to help them to take advantage of the many opportunities and resources that the College provides. Dean Krisa also oversees orientation programming during Language and Thinking, provides students with individual assistance throughout the academic year, and coordinates programmatic efforts that help to meet the diverse needs of the first-year class. Parents, faculty, and staff are encouraged to contact Dean Krisa with any questions regarding students of the first-year class.

First-year students also have the opportunity to begin their Bard College experience at Bard College Berlin. For more information and to apply, please contact Dean Krisa.

Class of 2019 Summer Timeline

End of June

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. At the end of 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.

Mid July

You will receive an e-mail from Bard (at your new address) with your housing and roommate information.

Late July

You will receive an e-mail through your e-mail with detailed information about the check-in process on your arrival date of August 8, 2015.


August 8, 2015, 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 6, 2015.

August 10–26, 2015 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 adviser and register for courses during Matriculation Days, which take place during the last week of the Language and Thinking Program.

Shipping Packages to Campus

Packages can be sent to Bard before your arrival. All packages that are delivered before August 8 will be stored and available for pick-up from our shipping department once you arrive on campus. We strongly encourage you to select a shipment method that offers you the ability to track the delivery process of your package(s). Packages can be sent to the following address over the summer:

Student Name – “Incoming First-Year Student”
Bard College
30 Campus Road
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000