Bard's College at Simon's Rock


Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences exclusively for students ready to start college after the 10th or 11th grade. We’re part of the prestigious Bard network, and we boast an impressive academic rating of 92 (99 is highest) from the Princeton Review. Students complete an Associate degree after two years and a Bachelor’s degree after four, specializing in one or more of 35+ different concentrations.

Our students are curious, bright, mature, independent. They want to be challenged, they want to dig deep, and they want to ask big questions. They want to be treated seriously as learners and want to be with other students who are eager to learn. We hope you will join us!

While there is no real substitute for being on campus, we hope that you will get to know Simon’s Rock through a variety of other options—be it a virtual information session, a sample class, or meeting with a student/faculty member. We look forward to sharing more about Simon’s Rock and making sure you have all the information you need to make the bold decision to start college early!

3 Things Families Should Know
1. Homeschooled students are often drawn to Simon’s Rock because the initiative, love of learning, and active engagement in their own educational process is the same that characterizes our campus culture.
2. When applying, you will want to reach out to your admission counselor to get the Homeschool Recommendation Form, which will replace the Counselor Recommendation.
3. At Simon’s Rock, you’ll find other self-motivated students and the support you’ll need to adapt and succeed.

At A Glance
“Everything I wanted to do was possible at Simon’s Rock.” – Caleb Sabatka (Literary Translation and Restorative Justice)
“An experience I wouldn’t exchange for anything.” – Ishmael Asante (Mathematics)
“Our community is an accepting and loving one.” – Moamer Alsaedi (Organizer of Campus Pride Week)

These quotes from our students give a sense of the environment at Simon’s Rock. The large number of clubs and organizations, from Farm Club to Cubing Club, Autism Support Group, Sustainability Group, and People of Color in STEM provide many opportunities for students to gather with others who share their interests and passions, in an environment that is supportive and inclusive.

How To Apply
The first step is to submit the first part of the application. We also accept the Common App.
Other application requirements are 2 recommendations, a writing supplement, an interview, a copy of your homeschool transcript.
Information about application requirements can be found on this page.
Standardized test scores are optional. Applications are reviewed holistically, and all of the application materials are considered during the admission review process.

Campus Visit Information
We would love for you to visit Simon’s Rock! You can visit this page of our website to sign up for a virtual information session, sample class, or a one-on-one with a current student. That link will also take you to a video tour of our campus.


Based on where you live, you can find out who your admission counselor is here. You may also contact the Admissions Office toll-free at 1-800-235-7186, or by phone at 413-528-7228, or via email at

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