Topography of the Annandale Campus
The Bard Campus, historically known as “the rough and rocky hill,” sits on the east bank of the Hudson River between the Catskill and Berkshire Mountain ranges. The glacially sculpted terrain is composed of ridges and valleys, making for a steep and rolling landscape. The highest elevation point on Bard's campus is 200 feet above sea level, with nearby ravines dropping to around 50 feet above sea level (a rise equal to a 15-story building). The extensive 930-acre campus spans 1.6 miles (or approximately 32 blocks) from north to south campus.
Due to the topography of the College campus, many of the pedestrian paths have conditions that do not meet universal accessibility requirements due to their slope and surface type.
Buildings on Campus
The Bard College campus contains more than 90 buildings of varied architectural styles, from 19th-century stone houses and riverfront mansions to structures designed by noted contemporary architects. The campus is located on almost 1,000 acres just east of the Hudson River. The grounds include open fields, woodlands, gardens, and meandering pathways that connect all academic, social, recreational, and residential facilities. Buildings on Bard College’s Campus vary in degrees of accessibility.
Report an Access Barrier
Why Is Accessibility Important?
At Bard College we strive to be inclusive to all members of our community, including the students and staff who have a registered a disability, as well as the many other members of our community with disabilities. Considering accessibility when planning events can benefit the experience of all participants by creating a more diverse and inclusive group. Also, many accessibility checks, such as good lighting and sound, wide walkways, captioning, etc., can benefit everyone.