Prospective Parents

Welcome, Prospective Parents! 

This website is designed to give parents of prospective students easy access to some of the most commonly requested information about Bard College. Here you will find quick links to the common curriculum, student affairs, residence life, and much more. Parent Testimonials and Ask a Parent offer the parent perspective, while FAQs provide detailed answers to questions often asked by parents.

Our goal is to be helpful as your family explores Bard College. Please be in touch with us if you have additional questions.

Janet Stetson '81
Senior Associate Director of Admission
Coordinator of Parent/Faculty/Alumni/ae Relations
  

President Botstein Addresses Prospective Students

As you review colleges and consider your options, you may be asking what makes Bard different. Watch president Botstein offer his thoughts on applying for colleges, the character of the Bard community, and why learning here is "a matter of joy and enthusiasm.”
Bard parents attend a Citizen Science class during Family Weekend. Photo by Pete Mauney
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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