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College Greenlight Spotlight On… Bard College!

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Is Bard College on your list of colleges and universities to get to know? Let us help you out. We asked the Bard College admissions office five questions about their institution so you can get to know them better! Haven’t looked at Bard College yet? No problem. Check out the Bard College Greenlight Profile, add it to your list, and check out all of the great things they have to say about their institution here:

1.What makes your institution stand out from others students may be considering?

Access at Bard is about both widening the gates of a liberal arts education and—within that setting—direct mentorship with faculty. From our main campus in New York’s Hudson Valley to the public Bard High School Early Colleges, The Bard Prison Initiative, The Clemente Course in the Humanities, our Microcolleges in Holyoke, MA, and the Brooklyn Public Library, as well as our network of campuses overseas, Bard serves as a private institution working in the public interest. There are no large lecture halls and no teaching-assistants, rather there are seminar-style classes that offer close and rigorous interaction with faculty and peers, who also advise students one-on-one.   

2.What support services or diversity initiatives do you offer to first-gen, low-income, and/or underrepresented students?

Bard offers a number of services and initiatives that work to support first-gen, low income and underrepresented students on campus and throughout its extensive network of programs, which include  The Office of Access and Equity, The Council for Inclusive Excellence, and The Center for Student Life & Advising (CSLA)

Bard College also maintains a Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), which oversees important programs on and off campus, including the Trustee Leader Scholar program, which funds and supports students in founding and leading transformative civic engagement projects, as well as the Community Action Awards, which provide funds to students who wish to pursue prestigious, yet unpaid internship experiences.

3.What should College Greenlight students know about financial aid at your institution?

Bard College offers need-based financial aid to all eligible students who fill out their FAFSA and CSS profile. Bard offers some scholarships with a merit component such as the Distinguished Scientist Scholarship and the Levy Economics Scholarship. We also welcome all students who believe they might benefit from the support of an Opportunity Program to apply for our Bard Educational Opportunity Program (BEOP) Scholarships (Bard Opportunity Program, Higher Education Opportunity Program, and the Bard Early College Opportunity Scholarship).

4.What does your institution’s campus and its surrounding area have to offer students? (Cultural opportunities, outdoor recreation, athletics)

Situated in the scenic Hudson Valley, Bardians have direct access to the Hudson River that runs along the west side of campus, the Catskill mountains for hiking, skiing or snowboarding and miles or biking and running trails on campus. The College is a division III institution with 19 varsity teams and a variety of club sports, such as ultimate frisbee and rugby. New York City is just an hour and a half away from campus by train and free campus shuttles drop students off and pick them up from nearby train stations every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

5.What else should students and counselors know that we should highlight in our post?

Though known widely for its commitment to the arts and to social justice, Bard also offers incredibly strong programs in science, mathematics and computing. Students have the opportunity to study in the state-of-the-art Reem-Kayden Center for Science and Computation with a faculty who are world-renowned experts in their fields, committed entirely to teaching Bard’s undergraduate students and offering tremendous access to funded research opportunities and one-on-one advising and support. Finally, our commitment to civic engagement with an expansive, global footprint creates valuable opportunities for students to study abroad and to combine intellectual learning with practical and pre-professional skill building.

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