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Bard College Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Bard College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Bard College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Bard College was awarded 16 badges in the 2021 rankings.

Overall Quality

Bard landed the #250 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Bard held the #340 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Bard also holds the #29 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

See all of the rankings for Bard College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Bard?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Bard College is a competitive 58%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Learn more about Bard College admissions.

Bard College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Bard, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 9 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bard College is 58%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  58 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Bard College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 83% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Bard College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Bard for first-time, full-time students is 69%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  69 out of 100
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Excellent Overall Diversity at Bard

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,938 undergraduates at Bard with 1,862 being full-time and 76 being part-time.

Bard Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 92.51 out of 100, Bard is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  92.51 out of 100
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How Much Does Bard College Cost?

The overall average net price of Bard is $25,885. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Bard

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,022 $21,558 $21,482 $26,243 $40,422

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Bard, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Bard, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $6,628 a year. That adds up to $26,512 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bard is 4.7%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Bard Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Bard with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $39,700 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.

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See which majors at Bard College make the most money.

Location of Bard College

Bard College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York. The surrounding location of Annandale-On-Hudson is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Location of Bard College

Contact details for Bard are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Annandale Road, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Phone: 845-758-6822
Website: www.bard.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BardCollegeNY
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BARDCollege

Bard College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 13 majors graduated from Bard College. Of these students, 475 received undergraduate degrees and 169 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Social Sciences 150 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 109 NA
Biological & Physical Science 74 NA
English Literature (Other) 65 NA
Music 16 NA
Accounting 0 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 NA
Natural Resources Conservation 0 NA
Economics 0 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Bard College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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