New Student Resources

The contents of this section of the New Student website is intended to help you familiarize yourself with Bard prior to your arrival on campus. 
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Welcome to Bard

Because we want your transition to be as seamless as possible, we recommend you spend some time learning about both academic and social life at Bard. All of us in the Office of Student Affairs are thrilled that you will be joining us soon. In preparation for your arrival, we’ve compiled a list of resources, academic and other campus-based opportunities, and answers to some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from students and their families.

If you have any remaining questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 845-758-7454.
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First-Year Housing

All first-year unmoderated students are required to live on campus and are assigned to live with at least one roommate. First-year students are assigned housing based on the timely submission of a Housing Profile and Facility Use Agreement form. Although it is often difficult to fulfill specific requests, every effort is made by the Office of Residence Life & Housing to do so. Students are typically notified of their placement by mid-July via their Bard email which they access in the beginning of July. First-year students are housed for Language & Thinking and Citizen Science in their permanent room assignments. All students are encouraged to obtain renter's insurance if they live on campus. While the College does not endorse any specific company, please click here (external link) for a resource for College Student Property Insurance that many students have utilized.

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Transfer Student Housing

Transfer Students are not required to live on campus their first year at Bard. If you plan to live on campus, the Housing Profile and Facility Use Agreement form must be turned in to the Office of Residence Life immediately. It is traditional for transfer students to be housed in doubles. Once you are assigned a room, the Office of Residence Life will be in touch via Bard email regarding your placement and the contact information for your new roommate. If you plan to live off campus, there is a list of available housing on the ResLife website that may assist you in finding a residence in the area. The College does not screen postings, so make sure to do your research before signing a lease. 

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Student Activities

In order to make the most of your Bard experience, we encourage you to actively engage both inside and outside the classroom.
Events: Getting involved can be as simple as attending some of the numerous events on campus. Every week you can find movies, lectures, performances, parties, and more.
Clubs: There are more than 150 active clubs on campus during any given semester. See Student Activities website for a full list of clubs.
Student Government: Want to help make changes at Bard? Bard Student Government committees focus on educational policies, the conduct system, multicultural affairs, funding for student clubs, and campus life issues.

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Athletics and Recreation

Varsity Sports: Think you have what it takes? Contact the appropriate coach for a chance to play your favorite sport at the Division III level.
Club Sports: Want to play competitively, but don’t have time for daily practices? Check out the Bard Athletics website for a list of club sports that you can join.
Intramurals: Bard offers a number of intramural sports that emphasize participation and fun, including basketball, floor hockey, bowling, tennis, volleyball, softball, golf, badminton, and squash.
Facilities: The Stevenson Athletic Center includes a 25-yard, six-lane swimming pool; squash courts; cardiovascular, aerobics, and strength training center; six outdoor tennis courts; and gymnasium space that includes fencing strips and basketball, volleyball, and badminton court—all free to Bard students!

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Dining and Meal Plans

All students who live on campus are required to be on one of six meal plans. All meal plans are of equal cost. On-campus students are assigned the base meal plan and are allowed to make changes within the first two weeks of the semester, except all first-year students are required to be on the base meal plan during their first semester which includes 19 meals per week (breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday-Friday; brunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday). After the first semester, students may change their plan to a 265-meal block plan. 

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Safety and Security

The College employs New York State–certified security guards who provide coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Emergency dispatch services assist with safety and security concerns as well as emergency management and policy enforcement. Additionally, the Office of Safety and Security provides the following services: emergency notifications and response, emergency phones, security/community bike patrols, medical transports, vehicle registration and parking enforcement, policy violation investigations, and campus crime and fire safety reporting. The office also works with Bard’s EMS and with local law enforcement when necessary and possible.

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Civic Engagement

Students can get involved in local communities in many ways, and the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) is a way that students can learn how to get involved. 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. Through its educational endeavors in the United States and abroad, CCE demonstrates a firm conviction that institutions of higher education can and should operate in the public interest.

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During the Language and Thinking Program (and throughout the semester) there will be shuttles to Red Hook, where you can open a local bank account. There are two ATMs on campus. One is owned by KeyBank and the other by Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. Some banks in the surrounding area include:

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Title IX and Gender Equity

Bard College and its affiliated programs are committed to providing a learning environment free from sexual and gender-based harassment, discrimination, assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking (gender-based misconduct). Bard College is committed to preventing, responding to, and remedying occurrences of gender-based misconduct. Any member of the community who wishes to file a report for gender-based misconduct may do so by contacting our Title IX Coordinator, who can discuss options for reporting and provide information on other resources that offer support and assistance. Reports can be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator by phone at 845-758-7542, by email at, through Campus Mail (Office for Gender Equity), or by using the online reporting system at

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Notice of Nondiscrimination

Bard College is committed to ensuring equal access to its educational programs and equal employment without regard to an individual’s sex, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, ex-offender status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Students, employees, applicants, and other members of the Bard College community (including, but not limited to, vendors, visitors, and guests) shall not be subject to discrimination or harassment prohibited by law or otherwise treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic. Similarly, the College will not tolerate harassing, violent, intimidating, or discriminatory conduct by its students, employees, or any other member of, or visitor to, the College community. This includes, without limitation, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, dating violence, and domestic violence.

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BRAVE is a professionally directed student-service organization whose members provide anonymous and confidential crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy, and ongoing education to the Bard community. Although BRAVE staff members receive particular training in issues relating to sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and sexuality, BRAVE counselors also receive training in eating disorders, depression and suicide, sexual orientation, loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and social and academic issues.

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Student Health Services

Care at the Bard College Student Health Service is based on a holistic approach to treating students. Our goal is to promote optimum physical, emotional, intellectual, and social well being through education, preventative and primary care. To contact health services, please call 845-758-7433. 

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Counseling Services

Bard's Counseling Services provide individual, couples, and group counseling, assessment, consultation, referral, and campus outreach services to the Bard community. All services are free of charge and available to currently enrolled students throughout the academic year. Counseling Services can be reached at 845-758-7433 on weekdays from 9-5, or by email at Beginning during L&T and throughout the academic year, there are also drop-in individual counseling hours, no appointment necessary, called Let's Talk. Please see the Counseling Services website for more information.