Bard First-Year Student Arrival and Orientation

Arrival Day Schedule: Friday, August 10

ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Residence Halls and Reem-Kayden Center for Science and Computation (RKC)
Check-in is a two-step process: new students will go to both the RKC and their residence hall registration location. Students whose last names begin with the letters A–L should proceed directly to the RKC when they arrive on campus. Students with last names beginning with M–Z should proceed directly to their residence hall.

MONTGOMERY PLACE OPEN HOUSE
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • Montgomery Place Campus, just south of Bard’s main campus on River Road
Explore the grounds and tour the historic main house at Montgomery Place, the newest beautiful addition to Bard’s nearly 1,000-acre campus.

TOURS OF CAMPUS
11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. • Leave from Hopson Cottage, Admission Office
Families are invited to take a tour of the campus and learn more about the College. Tours last about an hour and a half.

LUNCH
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Kline Dining Commons
Tickets are available in Kline. Lunch is free for first-year students, $10 a ticket for family and friends.

STUDENT-ATHLETE RECEPTION
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Stevenson Athletic Center
Student-athletes and their families are invited to a reception with members of the Bard Athletics community.

OPEN HOUSE: BARD LEARNING COMMONS
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Stone Row Basement, Bard Learning Commons
The Bard Learning Commons gives students the chance to learn collaboratively with peers through academic workshops, drop-in writing and subject tutoring, study rooms, and the Writing Fellows program. The Learning Commons offers time management and study skills workshops; provides academic assistance for students with disabilities; and leads credit-bearing courses in writing, public speaking, mathematics, and English for non-native speakers.

OPEN HOUSE: BARD COLLEGE FARM
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Bard College Farm located behind Robbins Residence Hall
The Bard College Farm grew out of a student-led initiative to develop a more sustainable food system at the College. Many students work at the farm, and much of the produce is used in our on-campus dining facilities. Stop by and see what’s growing.

OPEN HOUSE: CAREER DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Bertelsmann Campus Center, Room 201
The Bard College Career Development Office (CDO) helps students translate their liberal arts education to the workplace. CDO staff members meet with students one-on-one throughout their college life and after graduation, helping students connect their skills, interests, and values to a career path. CDO also partners with parents to host site visits, post internships and job opportunities to the Bard network, and participate in career-related workshops and panels.

OPEN HOUSE: CENTER FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Ward Manor Gatehouse, Center for Civic Engagement
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) sponsors lectures, conferences, and workshops, and facilitates undergraduate fellowships that reinforce the links between education, democracy, and citizenship. Stop by and learn how CCE shapes the intellectual and professional trajectories of Bard undergraduates and graduates.

OPEN HOUSE: CENTER FOR STUDENT LIFE & ADVISING
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Sottery Hall
The Center for Student Life and Advising consists of the offices of the Dean of Student Affairs and the Dean of Studies. We provide academic and personal advice as well as mentorship to students throughout their time at the College, and we support students in their academic and extracurricular endeavors.

OPEN HOUSE: CHARLES P. STEVENSON JR. LIBRARY
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Stevenson Library First Floor
Meet our research librarians and get a tour of Stevenson Library and its rich resources. New students will receive information during the Language and Thinking program about their personal librarians: a library staff member who can provide support in making the best use of library resources.

OPEN HOUSE: TLS PROGRAM
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Bertelsmann Campus Center 213
TLS students design, organize, and implement social action projects in local communities and around the world. Students can start their own project or join an already established project.

OPEN HOUSE: ATHLETICS AND RECREATION
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. • Stevenson Athletic Center
Meet members of the Bard Athletics and Recreation staff and tour the Stevenson Athletic Center. Learn about the various campus athletics facilities, fitness programs, and recreational sports opportunities.

PRESIDENT BOTSTEIN WELCOMES PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF THE CLASS OF 2022
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Sosnoff Theater

RECEPTION FOR PARENTS AND FRIENDS
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Sosnoff Theater Patio
Join Bard parents and members of the Bard staff for a reception with light refreshments.

RESIDENCE HALL GATHERING (Attendance is required.)
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. • Your Residence Hall
New students gather to meet their Peer Counselors (PCs) and other members of their residence hall community. PCs will also take students to the Community Dinner and Welcome.

COMMUNITY DINNER AND WELCOME (Attendance is required.)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. • Ludlow Lawn (Rain location: Inside Kline)
First-year students are invited to join their PCs, House Professors, and other members of the Bard community for a welcome dinner.

ORIENTATION PROGRAM: COMMUNITY LIVING (Attendance is required.)
7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. • Bertelsmann Campus Center MPR
Introduction to the expectations of living in a community on campus, and introduction to key resources around campus. Members of Yauch House [L&T sections 12–21] and McWilliams House [L&T sections 1–11] join their House Professors and staff from the Dean of Student Affairs Office, the Office of Residence Life and Housing, the Sustainability Office, and the Dean for Inclusive Excellence for an introduction to living in a residential community and to discuss community living expectations.

BARD HOUSE ACTIVITIES (Attendance is required.)
7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. • Ludlow Lawn (Rain location: Olin Language Center 115 and the Chapel of Holy Innocents)
Members of McKenzie House [L&T sections 22–31] and Coulter House [L&T sections 32–41] gather for community-building activities.

ORIENTATION PROGRAM: COMMUNITY LIVING (Attendance is required.)
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. • Bertelsmann Campus Center MPR
Members of McKenzie House [L&T sections 22–31] and Coulter House [L&T sections 32–41] join their House Professors and staff from the Dean of Student Affairs Office, the Office of Residence Life and Housing, the Sustainability Office, and the Dean for Inclusive Excellence for an introduction to living in a residential community and to discuss community living expectations.

BARD HOUSE ACTIVITIES (Attendance is required.)
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. • Ludlow Lawn (Rain location: Olin Language Center 115 and the Chapel of Holy Innocents)
Members of Yauch House [L&T sections 12–21] and McWilliams House [L&T sections 1–11] gather for community-building activities.