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Bard College Overview

Located in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, Bard College is a private not-for-profit institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Annandale-On-Hudson draws many to the area.

What Is Bard College Known For?

528 Undergraduate Awards
$47,476 Avg Cost After Aid
57% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Bard may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • The 3% student loan default rate at Bard is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Bard.
  • In 2017-2018, 62% of the faculty were full-time.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from Bard to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Bard College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Bard.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Most Popular Other English Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Other Visual Art Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Biological & Physical Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular General Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Most Popular Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#143 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#170 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Bard has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#20 Best Biological & Physical Science Schools College Factual
#20 Best Biological & Physical Sciences Schools College Factual

Where Is Bard College?


Contact details for Bard are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Annandale Road, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Phone: 845-758-6822

How Do I Get Into Bard?

You can apply to Bard online at:

Admission Requirements for Bard

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Bard?

57% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 57%, Bard does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 67% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 53%, and the acceptance rate for women is 59%.

Can I Afford Bard College?

$47,476 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
2.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Bard is $47,476. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Bard, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $7,407 a year. That adds up to $29,628 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bard is 2.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Bard College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,793 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,118 undergraduate students at Bard, with 1,793 being full-time and 325 being part-time.


There are also 347 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,793 full-time undergraduates at Bard, 39% are male and 61% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bard College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 65
Black or African American 153
Hispanic or Latino 242
White 939
International Students 195
Other Races/Ethnicities 199

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Bard College. At this time, 37 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 69 countries are represented at Bard. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and India.

Online Learning at Bard College

0 Took All Classes Online

Bard College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Fine & Studio Arts 0 146 30 3 179
General Social Sciences 0 157 0 0 157
Biological & Physical Science 0 82 0 0 82
English Literature (Other) 0 72 0 0 72
Liberal Arts General Studies 55 0 0 0 55
Other Visual Art 0 0 43 0 43
Music 0 16 21 0 37
Business Administration & Management 0 0 20 0 20
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 16 0 16
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 11 0 11
Economics 0 0 9 0 9
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 2 0 2
Accounting 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 55 473 152 3 683


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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