Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

Prospective Parents and Families

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

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, and over our 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 one-of-a-kind institution, leading the emerging early college “movement” with educational innovations and practical knowledge gleaned from 50 years of dedicated experience. Hear our story, and 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 become part of a supportive and conscientious community, forming deep bonds with peers, staff, faculty, and alumni that—for many Rockers—last a lifetime.

You can think of the Simon’s Rock campus as 275 acres of possibility, complete with everything you need to become a successful learner, leader, and innovator—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. Come visit and see for yourself.

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 your reach.


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