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High School: Roots IVY Internation School
I chose Bard because of the Levy Institute of Economics and it's close proximity to New York City- just a 2-hour train ride!
High School: Interlochen Arts Academy
Major: Conservatory of Music, Political Studies
I came to Bard because of the double degree for Conservatory students. Not only do you spend 5 years performing in an incredible place, but you also get a whole separate degree. It really makes for well-rounded musicians and scholars.
When picking the right college, go with your gut. Do you like the campus? The vibe? If you trust your intuition, it will all work out.
High School: Bronx School for Law Government and Justice
I wanted to go to a small school where I would not be just a number in the classroom and could create meaningful connections with my peers as well as professors. Bard provides that, along with many more opportunities. Some of those opportunities include clubs and student activities.
Hometown: Avon, Conneticuit
High School: Watkinson School
Major: Written Arts
After visiting once, I realized it was the only school where I would really be able to make my home.
When picking a college, trust your heart just as much as your head.
High School: Stuyvesant High School
I chose to come to Bard because I was excited by the strong art program and the emphasis on critical thinking, writing+reading, language, and small class sizes. I really wanted to go to a school where I could take many different kinds of classes all at once and combine the areas I'm interested in.
High School: Lakes Community High School
Major: French Horn Performance and Written Arts
I chose to come to Bard because of its supportive and immersive dual degree program within the conservatory and how strongly the college embraces new opportunities and experiences in all different aspects of education.
High School: Aitchison College
The Levy 3+2 MS program was a significant reason for me choosing Bard. This program is quite unique, focusing on heterodox Economics. I believe Bard is creating immense value through its various programs, like the Prison Initiative. It's great to be associated with a school that values the public good.
High School: Westview Jr-Sr High School
Major: Mathematics & Computer Science
I chose Bard because I was on the search for a smaller institution that held similar goals to my own. What I love about Bard is how malleable our environment is; when Bard students come together, they start to enact real change.
High School: European School - American High School
Bard provided me with a unique outlook on how academics work. With its fantastic psychology program and amazing faculty, I knew that coming here would give me the best foundation for my future career as a clinical psychologist.
High School: Columbia High School
Major: Political studies with a concentration in theology
Honestly, Bard wasn't my first choice. My mom went here, it felt too close, and I really wasn't sure! I came because I thought it might work out, and then so quickly fell in love with Bard during L&T. I love the community, the class sizes, and the professors are so welcoming. I am glad that it worked out how it did.
High School: Harvest Collegiate High School
Major: Philosophy and German Studies
I decided to go to Bard because of the location, size, and pedagogy. It is located just a train ride away from NYC and is a close-knit community, which I really enjoy.
High School: Bard High School Early College, Newark
Major: Global and International Studies
Attending the Bard Early High School gave me a great opportunity to transition to Bard in Annandale. There are a lot of opportunities at Bard and I really enjoy the campus.
Joanna (Jo) Jones
High School: High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow
I chose Bard because it's outside of my comfort zone, yet I knew that the small community would support me through this new chapter. I love the small classroom setting. I feel like every class is an enlightening discussion with friends.
High School: Columbia Secondary School
Major: Sociology (Gender/Sexuality Studies)
Bard was recommended to me by my college counselor, and that is when I first discovered it. It was a wonderful change of scenery from the city while not being too far away. I also really appreciated the approach to liberal arts that Bard has.
High School: Emma Willard School, Troy, NY
Major: Environmental & Urban Studies
I decided to come to Bard for four specific reasons: the incredible Photography and Global and International Studies programs, the size and location, and the community.
High School: La Salle Academy
Major: Conservatory- Opera/Vocal Performance & Computer Science
Bard’s small class sizes are a great environment for me. One-on-one time with teachers is so valuable, and Bard has been able to offer this time and time again! Everyone here wants me to succeed- it’s a wholesome and close-knit community.
High School: Western Albemarle High School
Major: Literature and Political Studies
I chose Bard because of the small classroom size. I wanted a more personalized and intimate education where I could get to know my professors and peers. On top of that, I also wanted to play tennis.
High School: Woodland High School
Attached to Bard at the very north end of campus is this nature preserve called Tivoli Bays and I LOVE it. There are so many different trails to take and creatures to see and is a great way to wind down after a week of classes.
High School: Southampton High School
When I first visited Bard, I was immediately drawn to the kindness and openness of everyone I came across. This is ultimately why I chose Bard and what's impacted me most throughout my time as a student here – it's so wonderful learning and growing in an environment where everyone is free to be themselves!
High School: School of the Holy Child, Rye
Major: Political Studies
I came to Bard because of the College's focus on human rights. The school is very politically driven, and I have been able to be a part of many great political changes, especially in local politics in the surrounding towns. I also enjoy the small class sizes, the easy access to our professors, and the ability to become close to them.
High School: Talent Unlimited High School
Major: Theater and Performance
The theater program, student-run garden, and beautiful natural environment were all driving forces for me. Everyone I met seemed very inclusive and welcoming to alternative art styles. The classes available also looked unique and exciting.