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Bard College

  The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Leon Botstein Bard SummerScape 2012 presents seven weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, films, and cabaret. The season’s focal point is the 23rd annual Bard Music Festival, which this year celebrates the French composer Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns.

BardCollege is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences with a 150-year history of academic excellence. From a 540-acre park-like campus in the Hudson River Valley, the College offers the bachelor of arts degree with concentrations in more than 40 academic programs in four divisions: Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies. Bard also offers dual-degree options, including the undergraduate program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, in which students earn both a bachelor’s degree in music and a B.A. in another field in the liberal arts or sciences. Among Bard's distinguished faculty are three Grammy Award winners, six MacArthur fellows, 14 National Science Foundation Grant recipients, 29 Guggenheim fellows, and recipients of the French Legion of Honor, Tony Award, and Pulitzer Prize.

Over the past 30 years, Bard has broadened its scope beyond undergraduate academics. The College now operates five high school programs and eight graduate programs, and has expanded to encompass a network of regional, national, and global satellites. Bard has built such programs as the Bard Prison Initiative, which grants college degrees to New York State inmates, and the Bard High School Early Colleges, where students earn a high school diploma and an A.A. in four years. Bard’s philosophy sets a standard for both scholarly achievement and engagement in civic and global affairs on campus, while also taking the College's mission to the wider world. 

Founded in 1966, Simon’s Rock joined the Bard system in 1979. While Simon’s Rock maintains a separate identify and unique mission, partnership with Bard has added to the texture and depth of its academic experience, shaping many of the intellectual hallmarks of a Simon’s Rock education: Writing and Thinking Workshops, Moderation, the Senior Thesis, and First-Year and Sophomore Seminars. Students at Simon’s Rock have the opportunity to study at Bard and its other campuses in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more about Bard College.