24 Facts About Bard College


Bard College is a private liberal arts college in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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John Bard College was the grandson of Samuel Bard College, a prominent doctor, a founder of Columbia University's medical school, and physician to George Washington.

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John Bard College was the nephew of the Rev John McVickar, a professor at Columbia University.

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In 1861, construction began on the first St Stephen's Bard College building, a stone collegiate gothic dormitory called Aspinwall.

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The Blithewood estate was donated to the college in 1951, and in 1963, Bard purchased 90 acres of the Ward Manor estate, including the main manor house.

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In 1928, Bard merged with Columbia University, serving as an undergraduate school similar to Barnard College.

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Under the agreement, Bard College remained affiliated with the Episcopal Church and retained control of its finances.

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Bard College placed a heavy academic emphasis on the arts, something atypical of colleges at the time, and set the foundations for Bard's Moderation and Senior Project requirement.

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Donald Fagen and Walter Becker's experiences at Bard College prompted them to write the 1973 song "My Old School" for their rock group, Steely Dan.

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In June 2021, Bard College was declared an 'undesirable institution' in Russia, becoming the first international higher education organization to be branded with this designation.

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Campus of Bard College is in Annandale-on-Hudson, a hamlet in Dutchess County, New York, United States, in the town of Red Hook.

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In January 2016, Bard College purchased Montgomery Place, a 380-acre estate adjacent to the Bard College campus, with significant historic and cultural assets.

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Many Bard College alumni have been named Watson Fellows, Critical Language Scholarship recipients, Davis Projects for Peace Prize winners, Rhodes Scholars, Marshall Scholars, and Peace Corps fellows, among other postgraduate awards.

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Bard College, along with Central European University, is a founding member of the Open Society University Network, endowed with $1 billion.

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Bard College maintains a separate endowment of approximately $267 million, a large portion of which is exclusively dedicated to its graduate programs in the arts.

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In July 2020, Bard College received a gift of $100 million from the Open Society Foundations, which will dispense $10 million yearly over a period of ten years.

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In 1990, Bard College acquired, on permanent loan, art collector Marieluise Hessel's substantial collection of important contemporary artwork.

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In February 2009, Bard College announced the first dual degree program between a Palestinian university and an American institution of higher education.

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Bard College gives students the opportunity to dissect different programs before committing to a specific major.

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In 2020, Bard announced that through the new Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Advanced Achievement Scholars program the college will offer admission to high school juniors within 120 miles from the college based on an essay process based on the popular Bard Entrance Exam, first launched in 2013.

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Bard College has one print newspaper, the Bard Free Press, which was awarded a Best in Show title by the Associated Collegiate Press in 2013.

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Bard College Papers is a privately funded literary magazine operated jointly between faculty and students.

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Bard College has a strong independent music scene considering its isolation and size.

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Bard College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III.

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