The BardBac is a community of adult scholars pursuing BA degrees at Bard College. BardBac students come from a variety of different experiences, and enroll full-time at Bard’s main campus on full tuition scholarship.
A project of the Bard Prison Initiative — Bard’s response to the crisis of mass incarceration — the BardBac was launched in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The BardBac seeks adult learners whose educations have been interrupted or deterred, who are hungry for robust intellectual inquiry, and who are eager to make new, extraordinary contributions to their communities.
Join the mailing list for alerts about upcoming events and information sessions. Applications for Fall 2024 enrollment will be accepted from December 1, 2023 through March 1, 2024.
Commencement | June 3, 2023 (Placeholder)
“For me, a brown immigrant woman, growing up in an underprivileged community … the BardBac has opened a door to a future where I will be able to help my community.”
“I had always planned on going to school. It never occurred to me that I’d be well into my fifties before I’d finally keep that promise to myself. … Being awarded this scholarship is the opportunity and gift of my lifetime.”
“The opportunity to look at education through a shared vision of aspiring Bard graduates who were given a chance to be counted, be open and be developed is a long time coming.”
Right: Cleveland Lovett ’22