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Bard College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Bard College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Bard College Ranked?

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2021 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 16 badges in the 2021 rankings.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Bard is ranked #250 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Bard is also ranked #29 out of 132 schools in New York.

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

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 58%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  58 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bard College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Bard College has a freshmen retention rate of 83%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 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 69%. That is great when compared to 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 1,957 undergraduates at Bard with 1,901 being full-time and 56 being part-time.

Bard Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

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

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 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?

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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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

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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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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