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Founded in 1966, Bard College at Simon’s Rock. is a college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Rural. The campus is home to 372 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Bard College at Simon’s Rock Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 6:1. There are 51 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Bard College at Simon’s Rock include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Less Selective, with ,0% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 49 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
93% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 84% were in the top quarter, and 53% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
1 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
1 Students rated off-campus housing 2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated campus food 2.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated campus facilities 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated class size 5 stars. 100 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated school activities 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated local services 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated academics 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
0 Students rated Bard College at Simon’s Rock
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Bard College at Simon’s Rock is 86%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I happen to have never been a senior before though I am currently a college student. My spin on this question is what advice would I give to myself when I was a sophomore being recruited by my school. I would make sue that my past self understood my new found value of acceptable study habits. This would be the topic that I’d discuss because taking time to study and do my assignments has always been things that I procrastinate about. In high school, when I would push things to the last minute, I was still able to get great grades. I’d explain to myself that once I got into college things would be totally different; I wouldn’t be able to work in the same fashion because my grades would suffer. High school was pretty straightforward; college on the other hand is no joke. One C on a report card will destroy a student’s GPA and I had to learn that the hard way. If I could have went back and spoken with myself before college then that may not have been the case.
Honestly, we're portrayed as being really smart and motivated.
Some of us are smart and motivated.
But too many students are well-to-do dipshits excited about finally being out of the house. A lot of people who come attend because their home lives are shit. Some aren't, but it is common.
There are two big motivations to go to Simon's Rock:
1. You totally hate high school
2. You are bored and need challenge
3. You hate living at home
Although there's only 400 students, I think it's actually pretty easy to get in. If you can show up for the required interview, do the various essays for admission, and get your application in on time, you're pretty much set. However, I have heard stories of students applying in June (due date for the app. is February 1) and still being able to attend. Perhaps it's hard to even fill up the student body? I'm not sure.
However, it's not a hard school to get into. I think the acceptance rate is REALLY high since:
1. most people have never even heard of our school
2. it's easy to get in EVEN if you've completely failed high school and have crap recommendations (or no teacher recommendations at all)
3. the tuition is so high that really only a select number of people can even afford to attend
It's easy to get into, but just be prepared to do the work when you get to SR. Or, ask around about the lazy professors and cruise your way through. However, most students aren't like that. Except for the drug dealers. And they get away with it since they supply.
There's a handful of smart kids and a large handful of idiots. Then there's a bunch that lie between.
The people here are amazingly kind and are all gifted in their own ways, whether that be intellectually, artistically, or otherwise in just the simple care of their friends... as one of my friends described: "Sitting in the McConnell [theater] for a lecture is like sitting in a room full of 120 students who I know will be the best friends I will ever have."
Hey, let's get high!
"Hey let's get high before the activity the RDs have planned!"
Honestly, there is a body of students who are payed to make activities for students, but they're never interesting enough. People mostly just get fucked up.
We have a sports team, but the only people who care about it are usually on the sports team. There's not a lot of school spirit because we're small and kind of impossible to categorize since we're a bunch of nerdy and strange kids who left high school.
Theater- what a joke. There's a fall and spring play. That's it. And forget about talent. You'll get cast if:
1. You're an upperclassman
2. You've been taking theatre classes since day one
3. You've made friendly with the directors, who are either professors or people who went to SR a few years before
Dating scene? People randomly hook up. A few find their soul mates, but it is a very select few. There's nowhere to really go on a date...so "dating" really means lolling around campus, making out after class, and sneaking off to each others' dorms to have sex at night.
I wish I knew I wouldn't get that much financial aid. I could've spent more time on scholarship applications rather than the admissions application.
Just as the website proclaims, Simon's Rock is a liberal arts college catering to bright, highly-motivated high school students who feel that they could be doing so much more with their education... The professors here are as interesting and diverse as the student body, and the care and closeness provided by the community is something you'll find nowhere else. Students often transfer after 2-years, but many of them come back--and with good reason!
Your professors will know your name. There's 10-15 students per class. I had a class with only five students in it. This can be really great if you're a writer, scientist, philosopher...if you're into any profession that is solo.
For theatre, IT SUCKS. I tried starting a ten minute play festival, but no one showed up to auditions. Unless you're into a generic major, like english, math, or science, company can be scarce. It's hard to unite students to do anything except party. And the partying is fucked up, since there's no place to really hold a party. Many students just go off into the woods and get stoned alone.
Anyway, about the academic life. There is a lot of work. You have to be dedicated and you have to be intelligent. However, it all really does depend on your professor. The basic English class all freshman are required to take, First Year Seminar, widely varies from class to class. Why? The professors. You can't really describe a class because it really depends on what professor teaches it. If you get Wesley Brown, you'll be bored out of your mind. If you get Mark Vecchio, you'll be working your ass off and feel like god if he compliments your paper.
When you're signing up for classes, REALLY ASK AROUND ABOUT THE PROFESSORS.
Simon's Rock can be rather retarded when it comes to signing up for classes. During my spring semester registration day, they packed 400 students into two tiny buildings and had them run around trying to sign up for classes. Classes will fill quick- since most classes don't take more than 15-20 students. Being a freshman, even a sophomore- signing up for classes sucks. You will leave registration feeling raped of all your energy.
Intellectuals who would rather stay in on Friday nights reading Nietzsche
I'm pretty sure the stereotype of kids at my school is either that the campus is entirely comprised of junkies or ridiculously intellectual kids who have no social skills. Truth is, few kids are either the former or the latter. Simon's Rock is a bit too diverse to be explained easily and fully, but I think all kids at Simon's Rock have a few things in common. They are kids whose chances in life prior to Simon's Rock never really were what they wanted to be, and though everyone left high school early for different reasons, I think that makes everyone at Simon's Rock a sort of weird bold-explorer type for different reasons and motivations. These reasons and motivations effect the influence of this aspect of their personality in their lives. For some kids, this means doing a lot of drugs and for some it means being overtly intellectual, but to list what this means to and for every Simon's Rock student is an impossible task, as it tends to vary from person to person.
So far, I have never had a class with more than maybe 16 people in it, and that was a class in Calculus. In general, my classes have around ten students, sometimes as low as only six, so everyone gets a lot of personal attention from the professor. Classes are mostly based around discussions, perhaps looking at the reading from the last day, commenting on a piece of work that another student did, or simply presenting everyone's opinions on a particular issue in the class' area. What is best is that professors care about how you are doing and are always happy to help.
The best thing about Simon's Rock is the class size. You'll really get to interact with your professor (if he's sober enough to interact back). Some professors are total hippies (and not in the best sense) but others are geniuses and very dedicated.
It's weird going to college with a lot of 16 year olds. I went as an 18 year old and it made a BIG DIFFERENCE. I think the brain develops a lot between age 16 and 18 (I know mine did). It was rather terrifying being around these suddenly-set-free kids who quickly realized they could do whatever they want. Getting high before class, selling drugs in the dining hall, trying to have on campus parties but usually ending up dropping LSD in the woods...I don't think most 16 year olds should be allowed to go to college yet. I know that kind of drug usage happens a lot of schools, but the students at Simon's Rock are out of control.
The school is way too freaking small. 400 students. You get sick of everyone quickly. AND there's no way to meet new people. You're in the middle of nowhere, MA. Another thing about that- there is NOTHING to do. It's part of the reason the drug culture is really, really, really bad there. There's one movie theatre in town, which is a mile walk from campus. It only plays four films, sometimes only three, at a time. All of the restaurants and shops are insanely expensive. There is NO college-life there. What do you do on a friday night? Put on a coat, hat, and scarf and head to the woods with joint. Eat out the vending machines.
Bard's administration is okay. It is usually easy to get access to them since there are only 400 of us. You can meet with most professors by sending them an email. It's a unique school with it's own unique order of things.
The most frequent student complaints:
1. I have way too much work
2. I am so bored
3. I'm so pissed my friend/drug dealer/ that party got busted
4. I haven't slept in three days
5. This weed is shitty
Someone who feels they are ready for college early.
The fact that it's an early college; I get a head start on my career path.
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99% of students
attending Bard College at Simon’s Rock receive some sort of financial aid.
26% were awarded federal grants.
While 56% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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