Bard College

Bard College Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Bard College, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you’ll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Bard College Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Bard College was awarded 78 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biological and physical science.

Overall Quality

Bard landed the #571 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Bard also holds the #60 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

If you're applying to Bard College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 57%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Learn more about Bard College admissions.

Bard College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Bard it is much better at 9 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bard College is 62%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  62 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bard College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 80% 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  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Bard the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 66%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  66 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Bard College.

Bard College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,118 undergraduates at Bard with 1,793 being full-time and 325 being part-time.

How Much Does Bard College Cost?

The overall average net price of Bard is $24,660. 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 +
$18,503 $18,104 $18,768 $24,665 $35,562

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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.

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How Much Money Do Bard Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Bard make about $39,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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. Annandale-On-Hudson is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Contact details for Bard are given below.

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

Bard College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 14 majors graduated from Bard College. Of these students, 674 received undergraduate degrees and 179 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 157 $24,201
Fine & Studio Arts 146 $15,552
Economics 146 NA
Biological & Physical Science 82 $28,598
English Literature (Other) 72 $17,156
Music 16 NA
Accounting 0 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 NA
Natural Resources Conservation 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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Notes and References


*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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