Mission and Philosophy

Mission and Philosophy

Bard Early Colleges provide a rigorous college course of study for high-school-age students that emphasizes critical thinking, writing, discussion, and inquiry through deep immersion in the liberal arts and sciences.


Our Mission

Through a tuition-free, engaging college program in the liberal arts and sciences with robust supports, the Bard Early Colleges help high school students, particularly those at risk of not completing postsecondary education, access, afford, and complete college prepared to contribute to the workforce and civic life. The Bard Early Colleges simultaneously work to create the conditions in which early college education can thrive and serve more students across the country.

Our Philosophy

Bard Early Colleges are premised on the belief that intellectually curious high-school-age students, irrespective of background, are ready and eager to do serious college work, that their ambition should be taken seriously, and that a liberal arts education can effectively engage them and prepare them to excel as the next generation of leaders.