Bard College

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$50,704

3% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$29,356

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

2.01%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

56.2%

5,181 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

2,304

96.1% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

77.7%

384 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 Fine Studio Arts (164 degrees awarded), General Social Sciences (136 degrees), and Other English Language & Literature (111 degrees).

In 2016, 675 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bard College. 57.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (363 degrees), 2.81 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (129 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bard College is $50,704, which is $26,289 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Bard College is $50,704, which is $26,289 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $29,356.

In 2016, 66% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 50% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$50,704

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Bard College was $50,704. The cost of tuition at Bard College is $26,289 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

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Average Net Price

$29,356

2016 Value

17.2%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Bard College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $29,356. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Bard College grew by 17.2%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,059

Room and Board

$950

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bard College was of $13,059 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $950. The cost of room and board increased by 9.87% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

66%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

50%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

66% of undergraduate students at Bard College received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2015, 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.

2.01%

2015 Default Rate

11

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Bard College was 2.01%, which represents 11 out of the 547 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 5,181 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 26.4% annual decline. Out of those 5,181 applicants, 2,912 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 56.2% acceptance rate.

There were 2,304 students enrolled at Bard College in 2016, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bard College has an overall enrollment yield of 17.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

56.2%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

2,912

Accepted Out of 5,181

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bard College was 56.2% (2,912 admissions from 5,181 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 32.2%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -264%, while admissions grew by 28.5%.

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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 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bard College has a total enrollment of 2,304 students. The full-time enrollment at Bard College is 2,214 students and the part-time enrollment is 90. This means that 96.1% of students enrolled at Bard College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bard College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 54.8% White, 7.03% Black or African American, 5.51% Asian, 2.99% Hispanic or Latino, 0.738% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at Bard College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (34.5%), followed by White Male (25.6%) and Black or African American Female (4.59%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (14.5%), followed by White Male (12.9%) and Black or African American Female (1.26%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

96.1%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bard College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,304 students. The full-time enrollment at Bard College is 2,214 and the part-time enrollment is 90. This means that 96.1% of students enrolled at Bard College are enrolled full-time compared with 81% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%

2016 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 86%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (74%), 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

    1,262

  2. Black or African American

    162

  3. Asian

    127

The enrolled student population at Bard College is 54.8% White, 7.03% Black or African American, 5.51% Asian, 2.99% Hispanic or Latino, 0.738% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55.6% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.4% 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, 381 students (16.5%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 105 more women than men received degrees from Bard College. The majority of degree recipients at Bard College are white (363 degrees awarded). There were 2.81 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (129 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bard College is General Fine Studio Arts (164 degrees awarded), followed by General Social Sciences (136 degrees) and Other English Language & Literature (111 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 Visual & Performing Arts (280 degrees awarded), English (111 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (94 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bard College are Miscellaneous managers (398,166 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (367,806 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (367,546 people), Postsecondary teachers (222,603 people), and Designers (210,293 people).

The most specialized majors at Bard College are Visual & Performing Arts (280 degrees awarded), English (111 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (94 degrees), Social Sciences (140 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (16 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 Physicians & surgeons, Sales engineers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Bard College are Visual & Performing Arts (280 degrees awarded), English (111 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (94 degrees), Social Sciences (140 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (16 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 (659,943 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (471,423 people), Legal services (307,124 people), Hospitals (280,019 people), and Computer Systems Design (231,151 people).

The most specialized majors at Bard College are Visual & Performing Arts (280 degrees awarded), English (111 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (94 degrees), Social Sciences (140 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (16 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 164 degrees awarded

  2. 136 degrees awarded

  3. 111 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bard College was General Fine Studio Arts with 164 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 285

  2. 390

In 2016, 285 degrees were awarded to men at Bard College, which is 0.731 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (390).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 66 degrees were awarded to men at Bard College in General Fine Studio Arts, which is 0.673 times less than the 98 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 98 degrees were awarded to women at Bard College in General Fine Studio Arts, which is 1.48 times more than the 66 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

66%

100% Completion Time

75%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 66% of students graduating from Bard College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 75% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 75% 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.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (81%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Bard College is Female and White (81% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 12% of graduates (46 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    363 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    129 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    38 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bard College is white (363 degrees awarded). There were 2.81 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (129 degrees).

19.1% of degree recipients (129 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    210 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    153 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    27 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Bard College is white female (210 degrees awarded). There were 1.37 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (153 degrees).

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Operations

Bard College has an endowment valued at nearly $157M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $16.7M (10.6%), compared to the 2.13% average return ($717k on $33.6M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2015, Bard College had a total expenditure of $165M. Of that $165M, they spent $64.3M on salaries and $165M on benefits.

Bard College employs 83 Assistant professors, 59 Associate professors, and 53 Professors. Most academics at Bard College are Male Assistant professors (47), Female Assistant professors(36), and Male Professors (34).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bard College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 116 employees, Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance, with 109 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 69 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$157M

2015 Endowment

0.019%

growth from 2014

Bard College has an endowment valued at about $157M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Bard College grew 0.019% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $124M 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. $3.83M - Federal

  2. $162k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Bard College received $3.83M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $162k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$64.3M

Salary Expenditure

$165M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Bard College had a total expenditure of $165M. Of that $165M, they spent $64.3M on salaries and $165M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Bard College as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$64.3M

2015 Salaries

2.55%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Bard College paid a median of $64.3M in salaries, which represents 38.9% of their overall expenditure ($165M) and a 2.55% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 12.1% growth from 2013 and a 10.3% decline from 2012.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 13.3M (38.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$17.6M

Instructional Salaries

177

Number of Employees

In 2015, Bard College paid a total of $17.6M to 177 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.52M (34%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

83 Employees

Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

116 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bard College were Assistant professor with 83 employees; Associate professor with 59 employees; and Associate professor with 53 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bard College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 116 employees; Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance with 109 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 69 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Assistant professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Male Professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bard College was Male Assistant professor with 47 employees, Female Assistant professor with 36 employees, and Male Professor with 34 employees.

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

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