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
  
Bard parents attend a Citizen Science class during Family Weekend. Photo by Pete Mauney

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.
Bard parents attend a Citizen Science class during Family Weekend. Photo by Pete Mauney '93 MFA '00
Photo by Steve Pyke
Photo by Steve Pyke

Bard President Leon Botstein: SAT Is Part Hoax, Part Fraud

President Botstein says that the recent updates to the SAT are too little, too late. The changes announced by the College Board reflect its competition with the ACT, he adds, rather than a thoughtful attempt at reform. "The SAT needs to be abandoned and replaced," he writes. "The SAT has a status as a reliable measure of college readiness it does not deserve. ... The nation actually needs fewer such exam schemes; they damage the high school curriculum and terrify both students and parents." (Time)

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