Bard At Brooklyn Public Library

This January, Bard College and Brooklyn Public Library will open the newest Bard Microcollege. Students will enroll in a full-scholarship associate in arts degree program at the Library at Grand Army Plaza.

The admission process is happening this November. It involves no standardized tests and no transcripts. It will take place in person at the Library. Applicants should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; those whose household finances qualify them for Pell grants will be given priority.

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A New Model For College Education

Building on the values and 15-year success of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), Bard Microcolleges bring full scholarship, high quality, liberal arts education to communities most often isolated from the university experience. The strengths of the Microcolleges rest in alliances between institutions that are conventionally separate from one another but have overlapping missions, common purpose, and shared core values. These alliances dramatically reduce the cost of college.

Bard’s Microcollege partners provide critical resources, such as classroom and study space, a community of motivated applicants, and scholarships that cover tuition and the cost of books. Bard provides an associate in arts degree program with small seminar courses taught in person by experienced professors, academic advising, and tutoring support. Continuing education and career development are priorities from the outset.

Bard Microcollege students are ambitious and intellectually curious. Too often, however, they had been deterred from college, put their educations on hold, or were frustrated by impersonal learning environments. Bard Microcolleges offer a new model of rigorous liberal arts college education: community based, engaging, and affordable.


Bard Microcollege Holyoke

The pilot Bard Microcollege launched in Holyoke, Massachusetts in August 2016. Bard’s partner for the first Microcollege is The Care Center, a community based educational organization with a history of success in supporting young mothers to complete their high school equivalencies and continue on to college. Bard Microcollege Holyoke students are now enrolled full-time and earning their associate degrees at The Care Center.