Bard Center for Early College

Transforming Education

We are creating accessible programs where younger scholars are taken seriously. Early College is an alternative to the usual path, offering meaningful engagement with the liberal arts.

Our Network

Our growing network of early college programs gives unprecedented access to the liberal arts across the country.

Leading the Way to Early College

Pedagogy Resources

Extending proven practices from the early college classroom

Policy Initiatives

Advancing early college as a model for education reform

Partnerships

Collaborating to improve and expand early college

2,339

Total enrollment across the public early colleges

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8

Campuses across public school systems in five states

art performance

129

Full time faculty members across the network

1966

The year Simon’s Rock, the nation’s first early college, was founded

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15

Years of public early college

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2,499

Tuition-free Associate’s degrees awarded to our students since 2001

98%

High school graduation rate

88%

Bard A.A. degree graduation rate

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97%

6-year B.A. graduation rate

50

Years of early college leadership

74%

Students of color

Collaborate

We work with foundations, schools, advocacy groups, policymakers, and educators to bring the liberal arts to younger scholars.