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.
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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.
The towns and villages near Bard have all sorts of hotels, motels, inns, and bed & breakfasts, many of which offer discounts for Bard visitors.
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.
Bard College offers a large number of Macintosh and Windows computers available in computing labs and classrooms throughout the campus.
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.
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.
Bard offers a variety of club sports sponsored through the Department of Athletics and Recreation including Men's and Women's Rugby, Men's and Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Equestrian and Fencing. Below is information about each of our club sports. Other sports, including cycling and ice hockey, are also available to students, though they are not sponsored by the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
Students choose from nearly one hundred active clubs on campus, ranging in subject from astronomy to tango. Any student can start a club, including first-year students, and new clubs begin every semester. Bard does not have a Greek system; there are no fraternities or sororities on campus.
Bard College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.