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Bard College Simon's Rock

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Simon's Rock is different than other schools becauseQuite Bright
Simon's Rock is different than other schools because everybody actually wants to be here. It's not the "logical next step" to drop out of high school and come to college, so the students who are here actively want to be here. Also, Simon's Rock makes it really easy to transfer if you want to, so if you arrive and discover that this isn't the right place for you, they help you find where you should be, so throughout the four years, students who are here really do want to be here. Professors also are very passionate about their subjects and clearly very excited to be teaching students who are so engaged and willing to work hard. It creates this really great atmosphere where everyone is excited about learning, excited about the opportunity to attend college, must less such a great college, and aware that this is a privilege that most people don't get.
4th Year Male -- Class 2018
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: C-
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Simon's Rock is a great place if youQuite BrightUndecided
Simon's Rock is a great place if you go for the right reasons. If you are looking for a strong liberal arts education and learning both in and out of the classroom, this is the place for you. You will grow so much as a person here, and become more articulate and sound in your views. You will be exposed to a diverse population with many different background experiences, and your peers will support you and inspire you. As this is a non-traditional college (ie you don't need a high school diploma to go here), you should be sure to do the research on the requirements for the transfer schools you are interested in (if you are planning on transferring after your AA). I wish I had been given more information and guidance on transferring from here, it is not as easy as it is claimed to be on the website. As for the staff, they are wonderful, unique individuals whom you will learn a lot from, and they are also very approachable and willing to learn from you. In particular, your skills as a writer will increase during your time here (I hope you enjoy writing,) because even math classes have a large writing component. This school is especially great for those just beginning college, because the workload and skill set you acquire will prepare you for other schools. Obviously, it is a small institution, so there are not that many classes available to take, especially in upper-level topics, which is a reason to transfer after the AA. (I am currently frustrated at the lack of biology courses, specifically there is no marine biology course!) In terms of extracurriculars and night life, there is not much. Clubs tend to die out and everything in town closes quite early. However, you will not be bored, because most of your time will be dedicated to your classes. In my free time, I just hang out with friends around campus. The people you meet here are a lot of fun and a great source of entertainment. (Also, the surrounding area is beautiful, I enjoy running every chance I get). The campus is very inclusive and you will not have any trouble fitting in: diversity is celebrated here. In conclusion, the time you spend here can be life-changing in the best way possible, as long as you know what you want out of the experience and are willing to work for it. Take the fullest advantage of all the resources available to you here, and never be afraid to ask for help.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: C
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Simon's Rock is reallyQuite BrightPolitical Science
Simon's Rock is really a place like no other. Not only are our academics exceptional (check that Princeton Review rating), but the faculty and staff that Simon's Rock draws are a testament to the type of community that the school fosters.
1st Year Female -- Class 2019
Education Quality: A+, Campus Maintenance: B+
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