Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only full-time, four-year, highly ranked college of the liberal arts and sciences designed for motivated students ready for college before completing high school. It is an early college. This means that the students typically enter Simon’s Rock after the 10th or 11th grade when they are 16 or 17 years old. The college’s mission is to educate young scholars, ready to engage in a college curriculum before they graduate from high school.
Fields of study
- Languages and Literature.
- Interdisciplinary Studies.
- Performing and Visual Arts.
- Dual Degrees and Partnerships.
- Science, Mathematics, and Computing.
- Social Studies.
- Special programs and projects.
Who is eligible to apply?
Most students apply to the College as 10th and 11th graders. High school seniors are eligible to apply in the fall of their senior year in order to start college in our spring semester. High school seniors who graduate early or at a young age are also eligible to apply.
When is the deadline?
You can start the application process anytime, up to a year before enrollment, by filling out the application form.
Apply before August
When to apply?
They’re still accepting applications for the fall 2022 semester! Completed college applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year as long as space remains available. We encourage students to apply early, and applicants typically hear a decision within two weeks of completing their application.
Cost of Attendance
Due to scholarships and financial aid, the cost of attendance can vary greatly depending on each individual student’s specific situation. In a typical year, over 80 percent of our students receive substantial financial assistance. The numbers below represent the 2021-2022 total costs without any financial aid: 59,519
Financial Aid and Scholarships
All first-year applicants are automatically considered for scholarship awards; there is no separate application. Simon’s Rock offers scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to the full cost of tuition which is renewable for four years. Recipients are selected for academic excellence, extracurricular distinction, personal motivation, and character. More than one-third of first-year students are awarded Simon’s Rock scholarships in varying amounts.
To be considered for need-based financial aid, you must note it on your application as well as submit need-based documentation.
What will you do after graduation?
At Simon’s Rock, our students choose: to stay for four years to complete a BA in a remarkably individualized program, or transfer after two years with an AA degree. Either way, you join an extensive and strongly connected alumni network, On the other hand, studying more than 35 different fields of study provides you with a chance to discover your passion area and many job opportunities after graduation in many scientific institutions.
Is Simon Baker Early college an accredited degree?
Yes, It’s a rigorous four-year institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, part of the prestigious Bard network, and regularly recognized for its excellence (ranked #7 in the Princeton Review’s top 20 schools with the most highly rated faculty; ranked #4 for the most innovative school and #5 for best undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report.; students awarded 10 Fulbright fellowships since 2010), addition to Rockers find that the college degrees they earn open a broad range of opportunities for future employment and graduate study. Some students work with their former high school counselors to transfer credits back toward a high school diploma, while others complete a GED with support from our academic staff.