Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

Where Independent Minds Get Their Start

If you’re on the verge of 11th or 12th grade and certain you don’t want more of the same, Simon’s Rock can show you what education is like when everyone shares your love of learning. We’re the only residential college experience designed for thoughtful, exceptionally motivated students who are ready to start college early.

If you’re on the verge of 11th or 12th grade and certain you don’t want more of the same, Simon’s Rock can show you what education is like when everyone shares your love of learning. We’re the only residential college experience designed for thoughtful, exceptionally motivated students who are ready to start college early.

45 & 27

Number of states and countries our students come from (respectively).

275 Acres

Our wooded campus is in the heart of the Berkshires, an area known for its natural beauty and rich cultural life.

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16.5

Average age of Simon‘s Rock students when they enter.

85%

Percentage of students receiving financial aid.

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0

Number of other colleges that do what we do.

95%

Percentage of full-time faculty holding highest degree in their field.

41

Number of majors.

9

Number of Fulbright Fellows since 2010.

1

Minimum weekly meetings with your advisor.

Top 15

Our ranking among all U.S. colleges for percentage of alumni who complete their PhD.

400

Number of full-time students. Ninety percent live on campus.

24/7

Availability of our professional residence directors who live in each residence hall.

“One of America’s smartest colleges”
Business Insider picked Simon’s Rock as a top choice‚ if you want to be among the most intelligent students in America.

30%

Percentage of Rockers who are students of color. Princeton Review ranked us #3 in the nation for race/class interaction.

99

Academic Rating from the Princeton Review—higher than Yale, Harvard, and Princeton.

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8:1

Our student faculty ratio.

#1

Number 1 Small town in America, as ranked by Smithsonian Magazine.

41%/59%

Male/Female

11

Average class size.

78

Percentage of recent Simon’s Rock graduates who have gone on to graduate study.

Top 10%

Where Simon’s Rock ranked in the most recent National Survey of Student Engagement for academic challenge, student-faculty interaction and enriching educational experience.

2.5 hours

Our distance from Boston (west) or New York (north).

6

Alumni listed on Forbes “30 Under 30” list of most creative minds.

I'm interested in:

Get your (metaphoric or real) hands dirty.

Theory is great. We love theory! But we’re also crazy about application and putting that theory to work in the world. Create wearable tech, try sustainable farming (chickens included!), become a connoisseur of the exquisitely balanced equation, solve a problem no one has before. Our faculty and the Fisher Center can send you in a multitude of fascinating directions.

SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS,
& COMPUTING

You see more when you stand at the crossroads.

We’re not big on silos of knowledge. We think the most enduring and provocative insights about individuals and cultures emerge where disciplines intersect. Join us at this vantage point and delve into the people, institutions, values, and challenges that never fail to excite, inspire, and madden us. Discover where you stand in the flow of history and ideas.

SOCIAL & POLITICAL STUDIES

Make something out of nothing—or a lot.

There are no artsy “types” at Simon’s Rock—everyone is a cauldron of creativity, and it’s just a question of whether you’re simmering or at a full boil. In either case, this is your chance to study and work in amazing facilities with real practitioners across the spectrum of the arts. This is where inspiration meets aesthetic clarity—and the result is something all your own.

PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTS

Speak it. Read it. Analyze it. Breathe it.

If you can express it or create it with a language, you can study it and own it here. Literature, film and other media, creative writing, cultural studies, linguistics, brilliant conversation—you can pursue it in your native and/or acquired tongue. We offer instruction in five languages and immersive study abroad opportunities, so you can embrace fluency in all its manifestations.

LANGUAGES & LITERATURE

Blaze your own educational pathway.

“You have to make choices,” someone probably intoned a long time ago in a manner that made people dutifully fall in line ever since. We say “Fie!” You’re invited to explore, dig in, and even dabble in and across all our intellectual offerings. Construct your own roller coaster of knowledge and ideas. We’ll be waving our hands in the air right alongside you.

EVERYTHING

Meet Our Community

Sam, Started at 16

Sam

Started at 16

Ben Krupka

Ben Krupka

Professor of Ceramics, Sculpture, 3D Design

Ishan, Started at Age 16

Ishan

Started at Age 16

Mike Bergman

Mike Bergman

Professor of Physics

Mia, Started at age 17

Mia

Started at age 17

Maryann Tebben

Maryann Tebben

Professor of Language and Literature - French

Ishmael, Started at Age 17

Ishmael

Started at Age 17

 Francisca Oyogoa

Francisca Oyogoa

Professor of Sociology and African American Studies

A Place to Challenge and Inspire

What Our Are Up To: