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College Profile: Bard College at Simon's Rock

 
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Bard College at Simon's Rock, more commonly known as Simon's Rock and previously as Simon's Rock College of Bard (see below), is a small, residential, selective four-year liberal arts college located in the small town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The foremost of the many unusual things about Simon's Rock is that it is an "early college", designed for students to enroll immediately after completing the tenth or eleventh grade, rather than after graduating from high school. Students who attend Simon's Rock rarely earn a high school diploma, and matriculate, on average, at the age of 16. The college's founder, Elizabeth Blodgett Hall, had formerly been a private girls' school headmistress at Concord Academy. She concluded from her experience, and that of her colleagues, that for many students the latter two years of high school are wasted on repetitious and overly constrained work. Many young students, she thought, are ready to pursue college-level academic work some time before the usual system asks it of them. While Simon's Rock is the only accredited 4-year early college to date and still the singular college or university to take this approach with all of its students, it is now one of a number of early college entrance programs that provide opportunities for students to enter college one or more years ahead of their traditional high school graduation date. Because Simon's Rock provides this accelerated program, it also attracts many students who might not consider a "liberal arts" education if they had to wait two more years. Computer science, pre-med, and math students read Plato, Dante and Nietzsche, alongside dancers, artists, and literary students. A majority of students transfer to larger institutions after receiving an Associate of Arts degree degree after two years, although some stay for four to receive a Bachelor of Arts.
 
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA
01230-9702
413-644-4400 (general)
413-528-7297 (financial aid)
413-528-7312 (admissions)
 
 
 

 
Mission Statement

Simon's Rock College of Bard is a selective, private coeducational college of the liberal arts and sciences specifically designed to offer bright, highly motivated students the opportunity to begin college after the tenth or eleventh grade. At Simon's Rock, these students pursue academic programs leading to the A.A. in Liberal Arts and the B.A. in over forty concentrations.


General Information
Other Names Simon's Rock
Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control Private not-for-profit
Size Under 1,000
Campus Setting Rural: Fringe
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Not applicable

College Student Services Offered
No Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsYes Placement services for completers
No On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
No ROTCNo Distance learning opportunities
No ROTC: ArmyYes Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyNo Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
More info

Bard College at Simon's Rock Website
Wikipedia

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy No
Admission test scores Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Required

Applicants (most recent fall period)
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Admissions (most recent fall period)
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Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
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SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
Local|federal|any
 
Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
423 Student Body SizeYes On-Campus Housing
258 Fall Applicants345 Total Dormitory Capacity
239 Fall Admissions

Gender
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Ethnicity
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College Levels Offered
No Less than one year certificateNo One but less than two years certificate
Yes Associate's degreeNo Two but less than 4 years certificate
Yes Bachelor's degreeNo Postbaccalaureate certificate
No Master's degreeNo Post-master's certificate
No Doctor's degreeNo First-professional degree
No First-professional certificate

All Academic Programs
 
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