The state of New York has been known as the cultural capital of the world. The cities found in the state are among the best locations for art, culture, and education. Most of the world’s best schools are also located in New York. But not everyone can afford to go to these schools. Most students are restricted by finances, time, and opportuniites. Luckily, there are several alternatives that allow students to study in New York. Among the many alternative schools include Bard College.
Founded in 1860 as St. Stephen's College located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Bard College is an independent, residential, coeducational, four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences. Bard's main campus is found close to the town of Red Hook. The campus has a view of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. It is also located in the Hudson River Historic District, known as a National Historic Landmark. The school is made up the liberal arts college and several graduate programs that offer a variety of graduate degrees in arts and science. The undergrad program student to faculty ratio is 10 to 1. Bard has a network of more than 35 affiliated programs, centers and institutes. These programs span over 23 cities, 5 states, and 7 countries.
Bard's own Annandale campus also serves as an integral cultural institution and location. Located in Bard’s campus are the CCS Hessel Museum of Contemporary Art and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. The college campus also plays host to two acclaimed annual arts festivals, the Bard SummerScape festival, and the Bard Music Festival. The campus contains more than 70 buildings and they represent varied architectural styles. But most of the campus structures remains heavily influenced by the Collegiate Gothic and Postmodern styles.
Close to 2,000 undergraduates enroll and study at the Annandale campus. These students come from all over the country and there are even some from different parts of the world. Bard offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. There are 23 academic departments that offer over 40 programs and majors. This includes 12 interdisciplinary courses. The college was the first in the nation to offer human rights major. In the college, there are 1,345 classes offered, with 20 percent of them being tutorials.
Picking the right school or the right college is a very important decision and every person has to make at some point in their life. Each person should take their time and make sure that they want to go to the school of their choice. There are a lot of options available in each state and location, and each person can take their time in making their decision. In the end, they are the ones that will benefit from their decision. It is a decision that can potentially affect the rest of their lives. Choosing Bard College can only help a student improve their life and open up new life opportunities.