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.
New York Times Review: To a Rare King Arthur Opera, Bard Says “Welcome Back”
Superb singers and a clear production of Ernest Chausson’s seldom-heard Le roi Arthus make for an exciting return to live opera at Bard SummerScape, writes Anthony Tommasini in his Critic's Pick review for the New York Times. “Botstein, leading the American Symphony Orchestra, an impressive cast and the excellent Bard Festival Chorale, made a compelling case for the piece.” Performances continue July 28 at 2 pm, July 30 at 4 pm, and August 1 at 2 pm. More >
How Campus Activist Madeline Firkser ’19 Channeled Her Passions Into a Career
Madeline Firkser’s advice for activists and young job seekers is the same: Participate. Firkser spoke with the Wall Street Journal about how she pivoted after realizing her first job wasn’t a good fit. Firkser is the special projects associate at JustLeadershipUSA, a New York City–based criminal justice reform organization. More >