Bard College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$52,226
3% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$29,436
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
4.78%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
58.2%
4,922 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
2,293
94.7% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
74%
359 Graduates

About

Bard College is a higher education institution located in Dutchess County, NY. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Bard College were General Social Sciences (155 degrees awarded), General Fine Studio Arts (125 degrees), and Other English Language & Literature (97 degrees).

In 2017, 583 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bard College. 58.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (334 degrees), 2.78 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (120 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bard College is $52,226, which is $27,032 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Bard College is $52,226, which is $27,032 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $29,436.

In 2017, 67% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 50% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$52,226
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Bard College was $52,226. The cost of tuition at Bard College is $27,032 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$29,436
2017 Value
0.273%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Bard College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $29,436. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Bard College grew by 0.273%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,270
Room and Board
$950
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bard College was of $13,270 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $950. The cost of room and board increased by 1.62% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

67%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
50%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

67% of undergraduate students at Bard College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.52% with respect to 2016, when 66% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.78%
2016 Default Rate
29
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Bard College was 4.78%, which represents 29 out of the 607 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Bard College received 4,922 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 5% annual decline. Out of those 4,922 applicants, 2,865 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 58.2% acceptance rate.

There were 2,293 students enrolled at Bard College in 2017, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bard College has an overall enrollment yield of 16.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

58.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
2,865
Accepted Out of 4,922

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bard College was 58.2% (2,865 admissions from 4,922 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 56.2%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -5%, while admissions declined by -1.61%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
N/A
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Bard College in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bard College has a total enrollment of 2,293 students. The full-time enrollment at Bard College is 2,172 students and the part-time enrollment is 121. This means that 94.7% of students enrolled at Bard College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bard College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 51.7% White, 5.84% Black or African American, 5.54% Hispanic or Latino, 4.36% Two or More Races, 3.53% Asian, 0.0872% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Bard College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (34.1%), followed by White Male (23.7%) and Two or More Races Female (3.54%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (10%), followed by White Male (10%) and Black or African American Female (0.645%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

94.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bard College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,293 students. The full-time enrollment at Bard College is 2,172 and the part-time enrollment is 121. This means that 94.7% of students enrolled at Bard College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

83%
2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Bard College was 83%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Bard College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,185
  2. Black or African American
    134
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    127

The enrolled student population at Bard College is 51.7% White, 5.84% Black or African American, 5.54% Hispanic or Latino, 4.36% Two or More Races, 3.53% Asian, 0.0872% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 360 students (15.7%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 97 more women than men received degrees from Bard College. The majority of degree recipients at Bard College are white (334 degrees awarded). There were 2.78 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (120 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bard College is General Social Sciences (155 degrees awarded), followed by General Fine Studio Arts (125 degrees) and Other English Language & Literature (97 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Bard College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are English (97 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (215 degrees), and Social Sciences (162 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bard College are Elementary & middle school teachers (394,157 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (383,678 people), Other managers (346,646 people), Postsecondary teachers (220,459 people), and Chief executives & legislators (132,546 people).

The most specialized majors at Bard College are English (97 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (215 degrees), Social Sciences (162 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (71 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (12 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bard College are Surgeons, Electrical & electronics engineers, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Bard College are English (97 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (215 degrees), Social Sciences (162 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (71 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (12 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bard College are Elementary & secondary schools (709,843 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (471,634 people), Legal services (327,730 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (269,964 people), and Computer Systems Design (261,567 people).

The most specialized majors at Bard College are English (97 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (215 degrees), Social Sciences (162 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (71 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (12 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Bard College.
Most Common
  1. 155 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 125 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 97 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bard College was General Social Sciences with 155 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 243
  2. 340

In 2017, 243 degrees were awarded to men at Bard College, which is 0.715 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (340).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 76 degrees were awarded to men at Bard College in General Social Sciences, which is 0.962 times less than the 79 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 79 degrees were awarded to women at Bard College in General Social Sciences, which is 1.04 times more than the 76 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

69%
100% Completion Time
78%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 69% of students graduating from Bard College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 78% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 79% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (77.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Bard College is Male and Asian (77.8% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 9.47% of graduates (34 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    334 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    120 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    36 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bard College is white (334 degrees awarded). There were 2.78 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (120 degrees).

20.6% of degree recipients (120 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    190 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    144 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    24 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Bard College is white female (190 degrees awarded). There were 1.32 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (144 degrees).

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Operations

Bard College has an endowment valued at nearly $149M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $19.4M (13%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Bard College had a total salary expenditure of $162M. Bard College employs 80 Assistant professors, 64 Associate professors, and 58 Professors. Most academics at Bard College are Male Assistant professors (47), Male Professors(36), and Male Associate professors (35).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bard College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 125 employees, Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance, with 105 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 74 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$149M
2017 Endowment
8.96%
growth from 2016

Bard College has an endowment valued at about $149M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Bard College grew 8.96% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $112M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.82M - Federal
  2. $171k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Bard College received $2.82M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $171k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$78.1M
2017 Salaries
3%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Bard College paid a median of $78.1M in salaries, which represents 48.2% of their overall expenditure ($162M) and a 3% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 18% growth from 2015 and a 2.55% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$19.2M
Instructional Salaries
206
Number of Employees

In 2017, Bard College paid a total of $19.2M to 206 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.01M (34.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
80 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
125 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bard College were Assistant professor with 80 employees; Associate professor with 64 employees; and Associate professor with 58 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bard College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 125 employees; Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance with 105 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 74 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Assistant professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bard College was Male Assistant professor with 47 employees, Male Professor with 36 employees, and Male Associate professor with 35 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Bard College.

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