Hey everyone and anyone!
I really liked the vibe I got from Bard when I visited, but now I keep hearing if-y things about the social life/people there. I hate to judge, but I've heard that the social life is bland, not many options, and it gets old as far as parties and bars go. I also heard the people can be very clique-y. I'm hoping someone out there can argue against this statement, but ultimately I want the truth. Can anyone speak for the social life at Bard?
From what my daughter tells me, the social scene is sort of hit or miss. Some parties, concerts, etc. are poorly attended and she doesn't know why, and others are raving successes. No reason why crowds will go to one and not the other. I think you have to make your own fun where ever you're at. That's just life.
Location: Westchester, New York --> Bard College '13
I have not found Bard to be particularly cliquey. It's just that once you find your group of friends you don't tend to venture out that much to other groups. It's the usual social way I guess. I don't the the social life is bland; some weekends however are. But that happens. Some weekends have a lot of things going on and some have none. But like danceclass said, it comes down do what you like and your friends to make your own fun. Bars get old because there are only a few of them, but Bard bands play there all the time so it's fun to go regardless.
There are people who always party at Bard. I am not the classic rager, but I've found friends who like the same social situations as I do for the most part, just as you would find friends who like the same social stuff as you do.
The one problem I will say is that currently, there isn't really enough student space for big parties on campus, but we're working on that. There are three main places on campus where parties happen, a few bars that are always frequented, and a few houses that usually throw all the parties. It is, however, better than I'm making it sound. Also there are concerts all the time.
applicantsmom - I am wondering what changed for your child at Bard? I looked up your past posts and the last one (maybe in 2009) sounded as though he was happy and found the environment beautiful? Did something happen/change? My S has been accepted and needs to wait to hear about financial aid, but loves what he knows about the school.
I think the answer to @lspf72's question will depend on the individual student. For my son who is currently in his third year, his major challenge is to say 'no' to things, as he has so much to do, and so much he wishes to do. But he's not a 'party' guy, nor into clubbing - his social life revolves around friends & music, and exploring...
He does go into NYC quite regularly at this point, (once or twice a month) for performances both of others, and of his own ensemble, as well as for activities & meetings that are furthering his career. Not sure that counts as social life, though.
As for the student body, each year he's made new friends from the incoming students, while retaining friendships with those who've graduated (who seem to somehow still pop up at Bard!)
I'm sure, however, for a different sort of student, the isolation and size of Bard could start to grate. I suspect at that point is when Study Abroad becomes a great option!