is a very good college.
teachers are always interesting characters, very left-leaning but generally not
Woodstock wackos. They are generally friendly, some of them almost
like parents to me. The odd teacher is self-absorbed, but
in general these teachers would love nothing more than to
have one-on-one talks with their students. They know who you
are and they are very sensitive to individual approaches to
I was concerned when I was
accepted to Bard that the environment was going to be
a bunch of stuck-up, snobby hipsters with high depression rates.
There ARE many of them here. However, there are many
happy, hard-working and always interesting international students that are neither
stuck up nor psychologically distressed. I found that the healthiest
community at Bard is the international one, and the fact
that there are something like 200 or more of them
-and they really are from all over the world -
means you never need to deal with hipster types.
Parties are laid back, less beer-pong oriented and more geared
towards conversation. Fine by me. There are weekly concerts by
local bands, which range from so-so to “why am I
Alcohol abuse seems to not be a huge problem.
Drugs are everywhere, but avoidable. Weed is abundant, and 4-20
is a Bardwide holiday.
Politically, Bard is very liberal, but
it has a good deal of very intelligent liberals that
do not agree on a wide range of topics. But
expect the usual “Republicanz r dumb” conversation here and there.
Actually, the Bard campus is a
hodgepodge of ugly and beautiful, old and modern. The rooms
are standard college fare, but they are in general nice,
if not spartan. The library is very good, there are
plenty of communal computers available 24-7, and good study areas.
The food ranges from great to awful, but I'd say
it's generally pretty bad.
Don't bother. A
few restaurants, and very little else. A single bar worth
mentioning. Non-plussed here.
Socially, great. Academically very strong.
The campus gets the job done, and even has some
nicer spots. The food is blah. The town is blah.
But overall, it's a great college, and I wouldn't imagine
any college being more tailored to my taste.