Bard College is located on the Hudson River in the tiny village of Annandale-on-Hudson in New York. This is a beautiful area, with lots of outdoor opportunities, and still close to New York City.
- Campus has varied architecture with an upper and lower campus. The buildings are spread out with lots of green spaces in between.
- Impressive science building.
- The humanities buildings featured seminar classes, all discussion-based with engaged students sitting around a conference table.
- Students were friendly, seemed free to be themselves, artsy.
- Good music department. Students do not need to audition for music or theater.
- No portfolio required.
- Students are interested in multiple things and tend to be unique.
- Social sciences are number 1.
- Students are opinionated, civic minded, like to do public service, and are politically active.
- When apply for early action, they make immediate decision. Unique!
- Test scores are optional.
- 30 percent accepted. Bard admissions is looking for students who are intellectual and independent and can handle the academics and take advantage of the opportunities at Bard.
- Vassar, Brown, Reed, NYU, Oberlin, and Carleton are overlaps.
- Students who have good relationships with teachers is what they are looking for
- They will take a look at students with high test scores and low GPAs if they see potential.
Blog update: October 3, 2013
Read about Bard’s unique admissions process reported in the New York Times September 28, 2013 article entitled Didn’t Ace SAT? Just Design Microbe Transplant Research