Building on a 160-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs. Bard College seeks to inspire curiosity, a love of learning, idealism, and a commitment to the link between higher education and civic participation. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to address central, enduring questions facing succeeding generations of students.
Bard faculty and staff lead their students by example, building upon the existing body of boundary-breaking programs around the world focused on rethinking who can and should be included in a liberal arts education. These programs include the Open Society University Network, Bard Prison Initiative, and the Bard High School Early College Network.