Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

Prospective Parents and Families

For over 50 years, Simon’s Rock has blazed an alternative educational path that provides bright, motivated adolescents a learning environment unlike any other.

Get to Know Bard College at Simon's Rock

We are the only four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences designed specifically for students who are ready to enter college after the 10th or 11th grade. Over five decades we have proven to be a much-needed answer and life-changing opportunity to young scholars ready to begin their higher education now.

Simon’s Rock is a leader of the emerging early college “movement,” with educational innovations and practical knowledge gleaned from 50 years of dedicated experience. Learn more about what makes Simon’s Rock so unique — and so necessary.

We expect Simon’s Rock students to accomplish great things, but we don’t expect them to do it alone. Rockers don’t just attend a school. They join a supportive and conscientious community, forming deep bonds with peers, staff, faculty, and alumni that last a lifetime.

You can think of Simon’s Rock as a place of endless possibility, complete with everything you need to become a successful learner, leader, and innovator — whether that’s via online platforms or in person. Our 275-acre campus of boasts everything from state-of-the-art science labs and performance spaces, to an abundant community garden and a 25-yard swimming pool. Even better — we’re nestled in one of the most beautiful, historical, and culture-packed areas of New England.

The Admission process is just that — a process. And the Admission team is here to answer all of your questions and support you every step of the way. We are committed to working with your family to put this invaluable opportunity within reach.

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