Sophomore Year

Photo by Scott Barrow
Photo by Scott Barrow

Welcome to Your Sophomore Year!

Sophomore year is a pivotal time in your college career, when considerable thought needs to be given to the direction you wish to take—both academically and personally—throughout the rest of your tenure at Bard. You will be asked to pick a field of study and chart your academic course. Some of you will join a TLS project or get connected with a new club. Some will choose to study abroad and begin that application process. Others will find a new area of interest that will drastically alter the course of your education. Although this time will be uniquely yours, you share with your peers the Moderation process and the advancement into the Upper College.

What We Do

Timand Bates '02, assistant dean of students, provides personal and academic support to students navigating the distinctive challenges of the sophomore year. He works alongside academic advisers to assist students throughout the process of identifying a program of study and moderating into the Upper College.

Questions? Contact Timand Bates by e-mail at or by phone at 845-758-7454. Or come by Sottery Hall and visit the Center for Student Life and Advising.


Moderation at Bard

Are you starting to think about Moderation? Wondering what it's all about? Watch this video to learn more about the process from students and faculty. Be sure to read the Moderation guidelines and talk with your adviser.

The Center for Student Life & Advising

The Center for Student Life & Advising (CSLA) at Bard College is committed to supporting students in their academic and extracurricular endeavors. The CSLA provides academic and personal advice as well as mentorship to students throughout their time at the College. CSLA comprises the offices of the Dean of Student Affairs, the Dean of Studies, and International Student Services.

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