Established in 1966, Bard College at Simon’s Rock is a renowned institute located in the Western Massachusetts, USA. It is a liberal arts college which offers a plethora of programs in over 35 ranging majors across a lush scenic campus of nearly 275 acres.
Honored at 7th position for its unparalleled innovative undergraduate programs, the institute is a coveted name in the US Education System and welcomes students of more than 15 countries across the globe. With a student-faculty ratio of 8:1, the college ensures undivided focus to all its candidates to commit to its motto of providing quality world-class education to its applicants.
Admissions at Bard College are offered on rolling basis round the year usually in the seasonal intakes of fall and winter. The institute has a high acceptance rate of nearly 86% and is very lightly selective towards its approach to enrollment.
|Type of institute||Private|
|Student and faculty ratio||8:1|
|Annual acceptance rate||86%|
|No.of Countries Represented in Student Body||Over 15|
|International Student Population||14%|
|Test scores accepted||SAT, ACT|
|English proficiency tests||TOEFL,IELTS or equivalent|
|Financial Aid||Available as Scholarships and Awards|
The college offers more than 35 diverse interdisciplinary majors in around 50 ranging areas of study and dozens of special programs, internships and partnerships to applicants around the globe.The courses available are broadly segregated into 5 categories, namely,
Some of the popular majors available at the institute favoured by international applicants include Pre-Engineering, Psychology, Biology, Photography, Cross-Cultural Relations, Politics, Music, Theater, Literary Studies and Creative Writing.
Spread in a vast area of 275 acres, the college campus is situated right in the heart of the Berkshire, an area renowned for its scenic beauty and rich cultural life. Located in a huge area away from the city chaos, the campus provides the students a vibrantly pleasing environment to help them balance their academics with physical, emotional, and social sides of their being.
Campus offers its students facilities of residence halls and freshly prepared meals in the varying variety of options to choose from. Endless number of clubs to be a part of and timely social events like dances and open mics, talent shows, et al. ensures that you are never bored on campus.
Some of the popular buildings on campus include Libowitz Center for iNternational Students, Kilpatrick Athletic Center, Daniel Arts Center and Fischer Science & Academic Center.
Athletics form another important component of Bard College's campus where students can choose to be a part of their favourite sport team like soccer, basketball and swimming, among others. There are also provisions for activities like hiking and canoeing during the summers. During the winters, students can enjoy activities like snowshoeing and skiing inside the college campus.
The college offers its candidates an option of on-campus housing across its many residence halls namely, Kendrick, Dolliver, Crosby, Hill, Carriage, Pibly and the Mods. First-year students coming to the institute are assigned accommodation roommates on the basis of their gender identity. Some of the residence and their corresponding features are discussed as follows:
In addition to the names listed above, the institute also offers several other alternatives for candidates in their junior and senior years looking to reside more independently which includes Checker Chance, Orchard Houses, Lake Mansfield Houses, and Pebble House, to name a few.
Admission-related information for aspirants of the college looking to study in the USA is mentioned as follows:
Where to apply?
Apply online at the official website.
Application Fee: N/A
Since the college offers admissions in winter and fall seasons in various intakes on rolling basis, candidates can choose to apply round the year as per their level of comfort by observing the following deadlines.
|Season of Intake||Application Deadline||Admission Decision|
|Fall||February 1||March 15|
|Fall||April 1||May 15|
|Fall||June 1||July 15|
|January||November 1||December 15|
NOTE: Application sent post June 1 and November 1 for fall and winter sessions, respectively, shall be considered as and till the availability of space permits.
Some of the basic requirements to be fulfilled while applying to the institute are as mentioned below.
The total cost of living on campus for an individual student can vary accordingly in relevance to that particular student situation. An estimated budget for international students to study in the US, however, is tabulated as follows:
|Type of Expense||Amount (in USD)|
|Books and Supplies||1,000|
|Campus Residence Fee||15,364|
|Health Services Fee||1,409|
|Student Activity Fee||200|
|Writing and Thinking Workshop Fee||650|
|Enrollment Fee (New Students Only)||500|
|International Orientation Fee||300|
Note that after availing need-based grants and scholarships, an estimated cost of attendance at the institute for an international applicant can come down to 23,469 USD and above.
Almost all the students taking admissions to the institute are automatically eligible for scholarships. The students do not require to fill any other form for being eligible for the scholarship. The college offers scholarships ranging from 1,000 USD as a contribution towards tuition fee expenses.
Some of the scholarships to study in the USA offered by the institute are as compiled below.
Simon’s rock scholarships: This scholarship amount varies according to the student’s academic records. This is provided to the first year students.
Elizabeth Blodgett Hall and Livingston Hall scholarships: This is a scholarship awarded to the students to help them complete their tuition fees.
Young Writer’s Workshop scholarship: The College organizes several events to encourage the creative thoughts in you. They also provide scholarships to the creative writers who participate in this program. They are provided with a scholarship of about 20,000 USD.
The Bard College of Simon’s Rock organises several events for the reunion of all the pass-out students. There are benefits that are provided to the alumni members and they get limited discounts on accommodations on third part stays. However, they are not provided housing inside the campus.
John Hamilton McWhorter is an alumni student of Simon's rock from where he had received an A.A. degree. At present he is an associate professor who is teaching English and literature at Columbia University.
Thomas Carlyle Ford, presently a fashion designer and also a very respective filmmaker in America.
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$53,682 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||1 : 1|
|Bard College at Simon's Rock Enrollment||402|
|Average Graduation Rate||66.3%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$53,682 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,000 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$14,482 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$1,000 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$14,482 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$1,000 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$1,000 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$1,000 / Year|
|New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary