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Bard College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 65 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

58% Women
42% Men


NCAA Division III (without football)

Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $33,335)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $33,469)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Basketball 12 12 - Yes
Lacrosse - 20 - -
Soccer 20 22 - Yes
Squash 9 - Yes Yes
Tennis 11 12 - Yes
Track and Field, Outdoor 15 16 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 10 12 - -
Volleyball 14 13 - Yes
Badminton - - - Yes
Bowling - - - Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Golf - - - Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Rugby - - Yes -
Softball - - - Yes
Swimming and Diving - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - - Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.1%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.5%
Hispanic 2.4%
Non-resident alien 10.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 26.9%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 55.7%
Percent of students with disability 9%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Radio Station
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 5
Property Crime 14

Notable Alumni

  • Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA of the Beastie Boys
  • Adrian Grenier, actor, Vince on Entourage
  • Anthony Hecht, poet
  • Blythe Danner, actress
  • Chevy Chase, actor/comedian
  • Christopher Guest, actor/mockumentary filmmaker
  • Daniel Pinkwater, novelist, commentator for NPR
  • Herb Ritts, photographer
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum, film critic
  • Larry Hagman, actor, most famous for playing JR Ewing on Dallas
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Tayler from New Orleans, LA
  • 4
  • Bard is noted on its ability to match students with their roommates. The housing profiles that students are required to complete ask very specific questions that allow for proper choosing…

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  • Anonymous
  • 1
  • Everything online is a lie. They don't show you the dorms because they know you won't come here if you saw them. 1 shower per floor, tile floors, dark, sad,…

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  • Briana from Alpharetta, GA
  • 5
  • Bard has a variety of dorm styles, for all different rankings and grades. Each of Bard's dorms, however, are absolutely beautiful, complete with kitchens, lounging rooms, and comfortable spaces to…

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  • Brendan from Bennington, VT
  • 3
  • Dorms are very hit or miss. Some of the dorms are very nice while other dorms don't have air conditioning or wifi. Due to shortage in housing, some students have…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 1
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    Chicken- never cooked. Stay far far away from anything labeled Asian Style Ravioli or Indian Mac and Cheese The pizza and make your own pasta are okay....just don't eat the red sauce for the pasta, it quickly becomes water and tomatoes once it hits the plate.

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  • 4
  • Emily from Port Jervis, NY
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    They have their own restaurant on campus. We walked through it. It smelled fantastic in there. It looked actually really high-up-there.

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  • 3
  • Brendan from Bennington, VT
  • I am a current student here

    Not going to lie, the food isn't great here. We have one main dining hall ( and a few smaller cafes) but the options are pretty limited. Food quality ranges from decent to really bad depending on the day. People complain about the food too much, but you do get sick of it after a semester.

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  • 3
  • Tayler from New Orleans, LA
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Although Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, and Rachel Ray are not teaming up in the kitchen to produce killer and rocking meals for Bard's students, the food at Bard's cafeteria is edible. Humorously, it's college cafeteria food; don't always expect it to be that satisfying. However, there are many cafes, diners, and eateries on campus, as well as a grocery store called The Green Onion. So, if one option fails, there is a plethora of other options.

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  • 2
  • Phia
  • I am a current student here

    Not many options, but staff and food are generally awesome.

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  • 2
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    Bard only has one dining hall- Kline Commons- and it's terrible. The selection isn't that great and it's not very good for you.

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  • 3
  • Regina from Chamblee, GA
  • I am a current student here

    The food at Bard ranges from decent to, this is completely gross! The food that they serve can be good some days while other days make you want to throw it all up. Beware the food at Kline.

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  • 2
  • abc123def456
  • I am a current student here

    Ugh. Kline is grooossss. For the lack of options, at least Chartwells acknowledges the value of alternative eating choices.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Brendan from Bennington, VT
  • I am a current student here

    We have none. It is nice in some ways because I don't think Greek life always has a positive impact on a school, but it sure would be able to go to a frat party every once in a while.

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  • 0
  • Tayler from New Orleans, LA
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Greek life? Yes, Bard students read and discuss profound works of Plato, Aristotle, and other Greek philosophers, nevertheless, Bard students don't have a Greek life. Our lack of it is not based on a firm belief that we are above Greek life; it just hasn't been a part of our culture.

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