About Bard Early Colleges

Bard College joined the early college movement in 1979, when Simon’s Rock—the nation’s first private, residential early college—merged with Bard. In 2001, the leadership of Bard College and Simon’s Rock partnered with the New York City Department of Education to create the first public Bard High School Early College. Since that time, Bard has built a record of success in transforming public secondary education through innovative public-private early college partnerships.

Our Tuition-Free Early Colleges

In accordance with local needs, Bard College offers two tuition-free early college models. Both models offer students a liberal arts college education as part of their four-year public high school program. Students are taught by college faculty in undergraduate seminars and receive college credits up to an associate in arts degree from Bard College, tuition free, concurrently with a high school diploma.

Bard High School Early Colleges (BHSECs)

BHSEC students are enrolled as full-time students and earn up to 60 transferable college credits and an associate in arts (AA) degree from Bard College concurrently with their high school diploma. Bard High School Early Colleges are four-year public schools that provide students with a two-year, tuition-free college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades.

Bard Early College Centers

Bard Early College Centers offer a tuition-free undergraduate college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences to public high school students within a district or network of schools. Students are enrolled as part-time students at the Bard Early College campus and earn up to one year of transferable Bard College credits concurrently with their high school diploma.