Our growing network of early college programs gives unprecedented access to the liberal arts across the country.

Bard operates a network of tuition-free early colleges that includes the Bard High School Early Colleges and the Bard Early College Centers. Bard’s early college network also includes Bard College at Simon’s Rock, a four-year private institution in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


Bard High School Early Colleges

Bard High School Early Colleges (BHSECs) are partnerships between public school districts and Bard College, offering students a tuition-free, liberal arts college education as part of their four-year public high school program. Students are taught by college faculty in undergraduate seminars, and can earn up to 60 college credits and an associate in arts degree from Bard College concurrently with a high school diploma. BHSECs are located in Manhattan, New YorkQueens, New YorkNewark, New JerseyCleveland, Ohio; and Baltimore, Maryland. Bard will open a BHSEC in Washington, D.C., in fall 2019.


Bard Early College Centers

Founded in 2008 as a partnership between Bard College and the Louisiana Department of Education, Bard Early College in New Orleans (BECNO) is a tuition-free satellite campus of Bard College operating within the New Orleans public school system. BECNO enrolls 11th and 12th graders as half-time undergraduates, allowing them to complete up to one year of college during the last two years of high school.  The Bard Early College in Hudson is modeled on the BECNO program.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Fifty Years of Early College Excellence

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is a private, independently accredited, BA-granting institution in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, that serves as the inspiration for Bard’s public high school early college partnerships. The institution continues to distinguish itself as the only residential college in the country specifically designed to provide bright, highly motivated students with the opportunity to begin college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade.

Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s first two-year boarding and day program designed to prepare 9th and 10th graders to start college early. A student entering Bard Academy as a high school freshman will earn an associate in arts degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock after only four years and a bachelor of arts degree after only six years. The Academy curriculum is designed and taught by students’ future college professors, who are leading scholars in their fields.