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Bard College Data & Information Overview

82 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
57% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Bard College Ranked?

#264 Best Colleges in Nation
#29 Best Colleges in NY
Biological & Physical Science Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 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 82 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biological and physical science.

Overall Quality

Bard is ranked #264 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. 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 #571 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 143 colleges in New York, Bard is ranked at #29.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bard?

57% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women

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

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
63% Full Time Teachers

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 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bard College

80% Freshmen Retention
66% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

1,793 Full-Time Undergraduates
31.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
60.7% Percent Women

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?

$26,013 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
$29,628 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Bard is $26,013. 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 +
$19,329 $18,011 $22,659 $26,842 $37,172

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 2.2%. 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?

$43,441 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Bard make about $43,441 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 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

New York State
1,793 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
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

14 Majors With Completions
564 Undergraduate Degrees
131 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 14 majors graduated from Bard College. Of these students, 564 received undergraduate degrees and 131 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 142 $24,172
Fine & Studio Arts 110 $17,518
English Literature (Other) 85 $19,624
Biological & Physical Science 81 $30,818
Music 19 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 NA
Accounting 0 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 NA
Natural Resources Conservation 0 NA
Economics 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.


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