Bard’s campus covers approximately 1,000 acres of fields and forested land bordering the Hudson River in New York State, and features such state-of-the-art facilities as the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation and Frank Gehry–designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Many facilities are clustered at the center of campus—the library, student center, dining hall, and most classrooms—while others are within walking or biking distance. The campus is a center from which students explore the rich natural and cultural life of the Hudson Valley and also have access by car or train to New York City, about 90 miles to the south.
Shaping the World
We have an incredible array of options and opportunities for students to get involved, a vibrant campus life that invites students to be ambitious and to enjoy the power and thrill of discovering how very large the world is and how capable they are of shaping it. —David Shein, Dean of Studies
Diversity at Bard
At Bard, diversity is an ongoing practice. We embrace plurality, respect divergent viewpoints, and are committed to understanding the rich spectrum of experiences that make up our community. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Bard collaborates with faculty, staff, and students on learning, teaching, student development, and engagement in our community—local as well as global. Its on-campus partners include the Bard Student Government, Center for Civic Engagement, Difference and Media Project, Office for Gender Equity, and student clubs.
Bard Houses: A Faculty in Residence Program
Bard Houses provide students with support, intellectual and social connections, and the opportunity to meet with faculty outside of the classroom from the moment they arrive at Bard. All entering students are assigned to one of four “houses” (communities, rather than buildings), each named for a distinguished alumnus/a or friend of the College and led by house professors who organize events—within and across communities—that emphasize informal interactions in faculty homes and in common meeting spaces around campus.
Whatever your interest—dance, music, film, studio arts, theater—our academic programs and state-of-the-art studio and performance spaces offer students a host of opportunities to engage in the arts.