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

Shipping Packages to 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:

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

First-Year Events

Sunday, January 4, 2015

First-Year Students Return for Citizen Science Program

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Spring First-Year and Transfer Students Arrive

Check-in and Financial Clearance for New First-Year and Transfer Students

Thursday, January 22, 2015 – Friday, January 23, 2015

Academic Orientation, Advising and Registration for New First-Year and Transfer Students

Welcome, First-Year Students!

Questions? E-mail Mary Ann Krisa (, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the First-Year Experience.

Fall 2014 Office Hours

Assistant Dean of Students Mary Ann Krisa hosts open office hours each Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Center for Student Life & Advising, located in Sottery Hall.  

Students are always welcome to schedule an appointment outside of office hours by calling the Center for Student Life & Advising at 845-758-7454.

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 for more information.

First-Year Seminar Symposia and Plenary Sessions

  • Monday, September 22, 2014
    What Does It Mean to Live a Virtuous Life?
    First-Year Seminar Plenary Session #1
    "Virtue is more to man than water or fire." Faculty panelists Nicholas Lewis, Jay Elliott, and Harrison Huang discuss what it means to live a virtuous life.
    4:45 pm – 6:15 pm, Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
  • Monday, October 6, 2014
    First-Year Seminar Student Symposium I
    This first symposium consists of presentations that students develop in section-based research groups that explore some aspect of the broad intellectual and cultural context in which a particular text was written. It is an opportunity for students and faculty to come together in a vibrant atmosphere of intellectual and creative exchange to investigate and test the ideas explored in the classroom.
    4:45 am – 7:45 pm, Olin Humanities and Olin LC
  • Monday, November 3, 2014
    What Does It Mean to Die?
    First-Year Seminar Plenary Session #2
    "Oh Death, Where is Thy Sting?" Faculty panelists Lauren Curtis, Karen Sullivan, and Marisa Libbon discuss the meaning of death.
    4:45 pm – 6:15 pm, Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
  • Monday, November 17, 2014
    First-Year Seminar Student Symposium II
    This is the second student symposium of the semester. Students will share with their peers and professors their ideas about the research topic that they have chosen as it relates to the particular text. The presentations may take the form of a musical performance, a short film, PowerPoint, a play, panel discussion, series of mini-lectures, a poetry reading, or a dance performance or a combination of these media.
    4:45 pm – 7:45 pm, Olin Humanities and Olin LC
  • Monday, December 1, 2014
    How Do We Make Sense of Self and Other?
    First-Year Seminar Plenary Session #3
    "I have become a problem to myself." Faculty panelists Tehseen Thaver and Bruce Chilton discuss making sense of self and other.
    4:45 pm – 6:15 pm, Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater