Bard College

Building on a 150-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Business & Management (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



The Bard College of today reflects in many ways its varied past. Bard was founded as St. Stephen’s College in 1860, a time of national crisis. While there are no written records of the founders’ attitude toward the Civil War, a passage from the College’s catalogue of 1943 applies also to the time of the institution’s establishment:


 A college ought to be measured by the extent to which the curriculum influences dining hall conversation and the kinds of entertainment students choose. It should be defined by the way learning transforms the definition of play. Not only should learning be enjoyable, but what we, as adults, consider enjoyment should be transformed by what we discover through study.


At Bard, we believe that science is learned best through the experience of doing research. For this reason, we offer research opportunities available to ambitious Bard students throughout their college careers.


Bard College is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. We are guided by the principle that equal opportunity means more than equal employment opportunity, and that access to facilities and services shall be available to all people regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law. This principle is applicable to every member of the Bard College community, including students, staff and faculty and to all facilities and services.


Student services

The office of Student Activities supports the academic mission of the institution by contributing to the social, cultural, and intellectual life of the College. We do so by providing Leadership Development opportunities and encouraging co-curricular involvement among students. 

Housing services

The towns and villages near Bard have all sorts of hotels, motels, inns, and bed & breakfasts, many of which offer discounts for Bard visitors.

Library services

The Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library's mission is to be an active partner in the intellectual work of Bard's students, faculty, and staff; to develop collections and services that help all users become more resourceful, independent, and original scholars; and to take a campus leadership role in thoughtfully applying emerging media to the task of turning information into knowledge. 

ICT services

Bard College offers a large number of Macintosh and Windows computers available in computing labs and classrooms throughout the campus.

Medical services

Care at the Bard College Student Health Service is based on a holistic approach to treating students. Our goal is to promote optimum physical, emotional, intellectual, and social well being through education, preventative and primary care.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus contains more than 70 buildings of varied architectural styles, from 19th-century stone houses and riverfront mansions to structures designed by noted contemporary architects. Most of the College's facilities are clustered at the center of campus: Kline Commons, with its main student dining hall and meeting places for students and faculty; classrooms; libraries; the computer centers; science labs; art studios; and the gymnasium. 

Sports facilities

The Department of Athletics and Recreation offers programs, classes and events that are designed to meet students' wide range of interests and to encourage lifetime fitness and wellness.The intercollegiate athletic program is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III, the Liberty League, the United Volleyball Conference, the College Squash Association, and other national organizations. Varsity sports include baseball, men's and women's basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball and squash.

Student clubs

Bard provides a wide range of activities and opportunities for students to engage in challenging and rewarding ways with peers, the community, and the world at large. It also provides a support system of advisers, tutors, counselors, and related programs to help students successfully negotiate their undergraduate experience.


Bard College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

New York City, New York, United States