Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
9:00 AM – 1:00 PMArrival and Check-InResidence Halls and Bertelsmann Campus CenterCheck-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 PMTours of CampusLeave 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 LunchKline Dining CommonsTickets 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 HouseStevenson Athletic Center 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM President Botstein Welcomes Parents and Friends of the Class of 20215:00 PM - 6:00 PM Residence Hall GatheringYour residence hallNew 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 WelcomeLudlow LawnFirst-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 hallPCs 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 hallPCs and new students get to know one another over a variety of games and activities, and PCs answer questions from their residents.