Bard College - Master's Degree
- Average Tuition USD 62,606
- Acceptance Rate 45%
- Students 2,469
- International Students 24%
- Campus Setting Rural
Bard College was founded in 1860 as St. Stephen’s College. It was founded by John Bard with the help of the Episcopal Church, and in its first 60 years, its purpose was to prepare men for entering the seminary, but also encouraged them to enhance their intellectual skills. After 1919, the college began to transition and expand its curriculum, and in the 1930s became the first college in the United States to give full academic status to the study of the creative and performing arts. The college was renamed in honor of its founder John Bard in 1934. During that time, the college became populated with writers and intellectuals who were fleeing Europe. In 1944, the college started welcoming women for the first time, as students and faculty.
Today, Bard College has nearly 2,000 students, with international students accounting for 24%. Bard College has many campuses in the United States and around the world. The college’s international reach started in the 1990's with the creation of a program called the International Liberal Education, which was created with the mission of building international education partnerships. Some of the places that Bard has a partnership with include Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Germany and the West Bank. Some notable Bard College alumni include, actor Chevy Chase, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist William Sherman, and six musicians/songwriters.
SchoolApply Ranking 216
Forbes (USA) 201
US News (Liberal Arts) 56
US News (Liberal Arts) 173
- Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 100
- Minimum incoming IELTS 7.00
Established in 1960
Bard College has its own unique Bard Entrance Exam, which offers an alternative way of gaining admission into the college without the need for traditional standardised tests.
30 Campus Rd, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504, USA
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1999-2003, Dual B.A.
Would Choose It All Over Again
Over a decade has passed since I graduated from Bard, with my MSc and PhD degrees acquired in other schools (which are great places in their own right). Yet Bard remains the very first home, first alma mater, which one recalls with a particular kind of tenderness -- perhaps because those late teens / early twenties tend to be so formative in our lives. It provides its undergrads with a safe and stimulating space to ask questions of others (and, perhaps even more so, of themselves). I remember it as remarkably liberal and highly creative -- not unlike the colleges I ended up choosing for myself at Oxbridge years later. A beautiful place to be.
Community of Learners
I appreciated that the Bard experience was as much about creating a community of learners as it was about a specific course of study.
1981-1985, Bachelor of Arts
Creating your vision
Bard is more than a college...it is an experience. At Bard you have the opportunity and freedom to determine your life's path and create a vision for your future. The faculty are outstanding and the small class sizes allow for an individualized experience. I now work in higher education. With my Masters in Psychology, I serve as a career counselor and help students with internships, grad school and developing their plans for the future. Lisa Curren Lopez, Class of '85
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