Bard First-Year Student Arrival and Orientation

Arrival Day Schedule: Friday, August 11th

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Arrival and Check-In
Residence Halls and Bertelsmann Campus Center
Check-in is a two-step process: new students will check in at both the Bertelsmann Campus Center and their residence hall. Students whose last names begin with the letters A–L should proceed directly to the Campus Center when they arrive on campus. Students with last names beginning with M–Z should proceed directly to their residence hall.

11:00 AM & 12:00 PM
Tours of Campus
Leave from Hopson Cottage (Admissions Office)
Families and friends are invited to take a tour of the campus and learn more about the College. Tours last about an hour and a half.
 
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM        
Lunch
Kline Dining Commons
Tickets are available in Kline or the Bertelsmann Campus Center. Lunch is free for first-year students and $10 per ticket for friends and family.
 
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM         
Open Houses on Campus:
                                                Bard Farm
                                                Bard Learning Commons
                                                Center for Civic Engagement
                                                Center for Student Life & Advising
                                                Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library
                                                Difference and Media Project
                                                TLS
                                               
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM           
Athletics and Recreation Open House
Stevenson Athletic Center
 
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM           
President Botstein Welcomes Parents and Friends of the Class of 2021

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM           
Residence Hall Gathering
Your residence hall
New students gather together to meet their Peer Counselors (PCs) and other members of their residence hall community. PCs will also take students to the Opening Dinner and Welcome.
 
6:00 PM                               
Opening Dinner and Welcome
Ludlow Lawn
First-year students are invited to join their PCs and other members of the Bard community for a welcome dinner.

7:15 PM - 8:15 PM            
Orientation Program: Residence Life (groups 1, 2, and 3)
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
Residence Life staff will introduce you to your new residential community and discuss community expectations.
 
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM            
Residence Hall Activities (groups 4, 5, and 6)
Your residence hall
PCs and new students get to know one another over a variety of games and activities, and PCs answer questions from their residents.
 
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM           
Orientation Program: Residence Life (groups 4, 5, and 6)
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
Residence Life staff will introduce you to your new residential community and discuss community expectations.
 
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM           
Residence Hall Activities (groups 1, 2, and 3)
Your residence hall
PCs and new students get to know one another over a variety of games and activities, and PCs answer questions from their residents.