Prospective Parents

Welcome Prospective Parents! 

We appreciate that you have an interest in your student’s college search and so we have collected here for you some of the most commonly requested information about Bard College. Among the information you will find are quick links to the common curriculum, student affairs, and residence life.  Parent Testimonials and Ask a Parent offer the parent perspective, while FAQs provide concise answers.  

As you research what Bard has to offer, we understand there will be times when it is preferable to speak directly with us.  Please do not hesitate to call Admissions directly - we are always delighted to make time for you!

Janet Stetson '81
Senior Associate Director of Admission
Coordinator of Parent/Faculty/Alumni/ae Relations
Admissions 845 758-7472


Meet Bard College President Leon Botstein at Santa Monica Public Library

Thursday, September 8, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Students, families, and high school counselors welcome!

Join Bard College President Leon Botstein for an evening of conversation about Bard College, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts and sciences colleges. President Botstein will discuss Bard’s distinctive curriculum, civic engagement and study abroad opportunities, the arts, athletics, student life, advantages of studying sciences in a liberal arts school, and much more.  The evening will be a Q & A format.

Questions? Please e-mail Janet Stetson, Associate VP for Admission, at  (Scroll down for more details.)

Free and open to the public.

Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

The library's underground PARKING structure can be accessed from 7th Street between Santa Monica Boulevard and Arizona Avenue.
Structure of the Curriculum
Bard parents attend a Citizen Science class during Family Weekend. Photo by Pete Mauney '93 MFA '00

Structure of the Curriculum

The pillars of the Bard education are the structure of the first year, including First-Year Seminar; the program- and concentration-based approach to study; Moderation; the concept of distribution by modes of thought; and the Senior Project.

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