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Bard College at Simon's Rock

Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
Bard College at Simon's Rock, more commonly known as Simon's Rock (see below), is a residential four-year liberal arts college located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA. Bard College at Simon's Rock is a unit of Bard College, which was founded in 1860 and is located nearby, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.



Simon's Rock was officially founded in 1964. From 1964 to 1970, the buildings of the campus were built on Great Pine Farm, a farm that was owned by Hall's family. These buildings were the college center, the library, the classroom buildings, three dormitories (now dormitories primarily for first-year students: Crosby, Dolliver, and Kendrick) and the dining hall. 


Faculty at Bard College at Simon's Rock are primarily appointed to one of the following four academic divisions: the Division of the Arts, the Division of Languages and Literature, the Division of Science, Mathematics and Computing, and the Division of Social Studies. Students may also hold one of several concentrations available under Interdivisonal Studies.


Over 40 concentrations are available, including art history, Asian studies, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and theater. The school offers study abroad and independent study opportunities, as well as a 3/2 dual-degree program with Columbia University for those who wish to pursue engineering.  Similar programs are available with Dartmouth College and Washington University in St. Louis. Students are encouraged to spend one or more terms at Lincoln College or St Catherine's College in the University of Oxford, or at other institutions during their time as a Simon's Rock enrollee.


Simon's Rock is already an established great name on the national educational map. Statistics show that a vast majority of the students who graduate here, go on to pursue superior levels of education at the most prestigious universities in the country. Also, the ones who choose to get a job after graduation are equally enhanced with solid knowledge that will ensure a fruitful career, irrespective of the domain.

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Student services

We’re small, and that’s a good thing. With around 400 students, a truly comprehensive advising system that creates meaningful mentor relationships, and additional support resources, no student here is just a number, or a face in the crowd. 

Housing services

In their first year at Simon’s Rock, our students live (and bond) with their class in one of three first-year residence halls in the heart of campus, with options for single-sex and coed housing. Typically, in their first year or two, students share their space with roommates. In subsequent years, there is more variety in housing options. 

Library services

The University provides a well-equipped library where students can find all the necessary information for their studies, but also an online version where rarer books or articles can be accessed.

Medical services

Health Services is part of the Wellness Center at Simon's Rock, which also includes Counseling Services, reflecting our integrated approach to student care. Our mission is to enhance the academic environment of the college by making quality medical services available to students.

Student Life

Campus life

Our home, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, as ranked by Smithsonian Magazine. It’s an easy walk or bike ride from campus. The 275 wooded campus is in the heart of the Berkshires, an area known for its natural beauty and rich cultural life.

Sports facilities

Whether you swim, play racquetball, practice yoga, rock climb, lift weights, or are into aerobic workouts—the Kilpatrick offers the resources and the support you need to enjoy life-long, integrated solutions to health and wellness. Kilpatrick membership is automatic for all Simon’s Rock students, staff, and faculty, and there are a variety of affordable membership options for community members.

Student clubs

At Simon's Rock, if there isn’t a club that represents your favorite activity or cause, it’s just because you haven’t started it yet. There’s a strong International Student Association and Pre-Med Society. The QueerSA, FIFE women’s center, Black Student Union, Asian Student Association and Social Justice Committee all meet regularly. Like birding? Boffing? Board games? Or, maybe fencing, French films, or Werner Herzog? There’s a club for you. If Art Club, Math Club or D&D Club is up your alley, you’ll be in good company. 

Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States