Bard College has been preparing the next generation of leaders and critical thinkers for more than 160 years.More >
A Private College for the Public Good
Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs.More >
From New York’s Hudson Valley to Berlin, Bard offers specialized undergraduate study, early college opportunities for high school students, innovative graduate programs, and advanced teacher training.More >
Today and throughout Bard's history, our extraordinary faculty have effected change in their fields and in the lives of our students.More >
From varsity competition to intramural and recreational pursuits, Bard Athletics offers a wide range of programs to help our students excel on and off the field.More >
A Thriving Center for the Arts
Bard offers the best of both worlds: a traditional liberal arts college with exceptional programs in the fine and performing arts.More >
Bard students study, work, and relax in a campus environment designed to foster creativity and community.More >
The Bard Network
Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus.More >
Bard College seeks to inspire curiosity, a love of learning, idealism, and a commitment to the link between higher education and civic participation.
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Academics at Bard focus on giving students a strong scholarly foundation with our core curriculum, then encouraging them to explore individual academic interests. The College seeks to engender in every student a wide curiosity and love of learning. Close contact with scholars who are teachers but also active in their disciplines is a constant, and the level of academic discourse in the classroom is high.
“At Bard, we show up. We build, paint, dig, teach, play, sing, sweat. We show up in the middle of the night, work in the rain, crawl under the car, whatever it takes. This does not mean erasing the self. It means struggling with the tension between self and collective interests, and then acting compassionately.” —Paul Marienthal, Dean for Social Action; Director, Trustee Leader Scholar Program
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The focus of student life at Bard College, both inside and outside the classroom, is on campus. From its historic Hudson Valley setting to its state-of-the-art science and arts facilities, the College offers an idyllic environment where students can enjoy a rich social life interwoven with their cultural and intellectual pursuits.
We embrace plurality, respect divergent viewpoints, and are committed to understanding the rich spectrum of experiences that comprise our community. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Bard seeks to materialize our commitment to plurality, dialogue, and rigorous study. We strive to create a learning environment that upholds the College’s mission to meaningfully include the voices, works, and ideas of communities and cultures historically marginalized in liberal arts and sciences education.
Bard College offers the best of both worlds: a traditional liberal arts college with exceptional programs in the fine and performing arts. In small classes taught by notable faculty, students work closely with top professionals in their fields. All students, whatever their major, are encouraged to take advantage of the same high-level arts instruction and engagement; the discipline of cultivating one’s artistic abilities has wide-ranging collateral benefits.
Bard Conservatory Faculty, Alumna Receive GRAMMY Nods
Faculty members of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and an alumna of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program (VAP) have been nominated for the 2022 GRAMMY Awards. Faculty members Eric Cha-Beach, Gil Shaham, and Jason Treuting made the nomination list, as well as VAP founding artistic director Dawn Upshaw and VAP alumna Sophia Burgos MM ’16. More >
Bard Students Assist Local Government Leaders on Key Projects for a New Course, All Politics Is Local, Taught by Jonathan Becker and Erin Cannan
“Jonathan and I realized that there is very little engagement with local government here, when more engagement of local people and Bard means more civic literacy and a better functioning government,” said Erin Cannan in an article appearing in the Red Hook Daily Catch. “Few people have access to youth voices, the perspective of someone who is current on certain trends that older people don’t have. Students are going to move into the world soon, and this experience gets them ahead of the times and properly engaged in politics.” More >