Bard College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$59,800
4% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$25,214
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.688%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
46.1%
6,482 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
2,706
91.3% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
71.6%
363 Graduates

About

Bard College is a higher education institution located in Dutchess County, NY. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Bard College were General Fine Studio Arts (138 degrees awarded), General Social Sciences (125 degrees), and Biological & Physical Sciences (77 degrees).

In 2022, 694 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bard College. 58.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (333 degrees), 3.06 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (109 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bard College is $59,800, which is $31,470 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Bard College is $59,800, which is $31,470 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $25,214.

In 2022, 69% of undergraduate students attending Bard College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 40% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$59,800
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Bard College was $59,800. The cost of tuition at Bard College is $31,470 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$25,214
2022 Value
3.68%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Bard College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $25,214. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Bard College grew by 3.68%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,280
Room and Board
$950
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bard College was of $15,280 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 2.08% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $950. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

69%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
40%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

69% of undergraduate students at Bard College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 7.81% with respect to 2021, when 64% 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.
0.688%
2019 Default Rate
4
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Bard College was 0.688%, which represents 4 out of the 581 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 6,482 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 25.4% annual growth. Out of those 6,482 applicants, 2,987 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 46.1% acceptance rate.

There were 2,706 students enrolled at Bard College in 2022.

Bard College has an overall enrollment yield of 15%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

46.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
2,987
Accepted Out of 6,482

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bard College was 46.1% (2,987 admissions from 6,482 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 59.9%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 25.4%, while admissions declined by −3.52%..

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Enrollment

Bard College had a total enrollment of 2,706 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Bard College is 2,471 students and the part-time enrollment is 235. This means that 91.3% of students enrolled at Bard College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bard College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 45.5% White, 11.7% Hispanic or Latino, 10.9% Black or African American, 6.54% Two or More Races, 3.29% Asian, and 0.0739% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Bard College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.6%), followed by White Male (17.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.47%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (26.8%), followed by White Male (17.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.41%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

91.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bard College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,706 students. The full-time enrollment at Bard College is 2,471 and the part-time enrollment is 235. This means that 91.3% of students enrolled at Bard College are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

89%
2022 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 89%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Bard College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,230 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    317 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    295 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Bard College is 45.5% White, 11.7% Hispanic or Latino, 10.9% Black or African American, 6.54% Two or More Races, 3.29% Asian, and 0.0739% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

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, 148 students (5.47%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 116 more women than men received degrees from Bard College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Bard College is white (333 degrees awarded). There were 3.06 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (109 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bard College is General Fine Studio Arts (138 degrees awarded), followed by General Social Sciences (125 degrees) and Biological & Physical Sciences (77 degrees).

In 2022,  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 Visual & Performing Arts (230 degrees awarded), English (70 degrees), and Social Sciences (136 degrees).

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 Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (417,885 people), Other managers (389,996 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (365,597 people), Postsecondary teachers (231,447 people), and Secondary school teachers (180,652 people).

The most specialized majors at Bard College in 2022 are Visual & Performing Arts (230 degrees awarded), English (70 degrees), Social Sciences (136 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (78 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (120 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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, Skincare specialists, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Bard College are Visual & Performing Arts (230 degrees awarded), English (70 degrees), Social Sciences (136 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (78 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (120 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (821,477 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (518,571 people), Legal services (350,435 people), Computer Systems Design (323,545 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (289,162 people).

The most specialized majors at Bard College are Visual & Performing Arts (230 degrees awarded), English (70 degrees), Social Sciences (136 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (78 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (120 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (2022)
  1. 138 degrees awarded
  2. 125 degrees awarded
  3. 77 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bard College was General Fine Studio Arts with 138 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

289
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
405
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 289 degrees were awarded to men at Bard College, which is 0.714 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (405).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 62 degrees were awarded to men at Bard College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.07 times more than the 58 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 76 degrees were awarded to men at Bard College in General Fine Studio Arts, which is 1.23 times more than the 62 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

61%
100% Completion Time
74%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 61% of students graduating from Bard College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 74% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 74% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Male
Highest Graduation Rate (84.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Bard College is Male and Hispanic or Latino (84.2% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 7.16% of graduates (26 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    333 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    109 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    86 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bard College is white (333 degrees awarded). There were 3.06 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (109 degrees).

4.76% of degree recipients (33 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    191 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    142 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    62 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Bard College is white female (191 degrees awarded). There were 1.35 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (142 degrees).

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Operations

Bard College has an endowment valued at nearly $142M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−11.7%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Bard College had a total salary expenditure of 200M. Bard College employs 70 Assistant professors, 68 Associate professors and 65 Professors. Most academics at Bard College are Male Professor (44), Female Assistant professor (37), and Male Associate professor (35).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bard College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 143 employees, Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance, with 110 employees, and Management with 84 employees.

Endowment

$142M
2022 Endowment
12.7%
decline from 2021

Bard College has an endowment valued at about $142M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Bard College declined 12.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $92.5M 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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Salary Expenditure

$88.7M
2022 Salaries
10%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Bard College paid a median of $88.7M in salaries, which represents 44.4% of their overall expenditure ($200M) and a 10% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$22.2M
Instructional Salaries
207
Number of Employees

In 2022, Bard College paid a total of $22.2M to 207 employees working as instructors, which represents 25% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

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

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bard College were Assistant professor with 70 employees, Associate professor with 68 employees, and Professor with 65 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bard College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 143 employees, Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance with 110 employees, and Management with 84 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bard College was Male Professor with 44 employees, Female Assistant professor with 37 employees, and Male Associate professor with 35 employees.

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

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