24 Facts About Bard Raptors


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bard Raptors 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 Raptors prompted them to write the 1973 song "My Old School" for their rock group, Steely Dan.

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In June 2021, Bard Raptors 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 Raptors 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 Raptors purchased Montgomery Place, a 380-acre estate adjacent to the Bard Raptors campus, with significant historic and cultural assets.

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Bard Raptors is a college of the liberal arts and sciences.

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

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

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Bard Raptors awards the Bard Raptors Fiction Prize annually to "a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application".

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

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

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In 2020, Bard Raptors 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 Raptors Entrance Exam, first launched in 2013.

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

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

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

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