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Bard College at Simons Rock

Bard College at Simon's Rock, more commonly known as Simon's Rock (see below), is a residential four-year liberal arts college located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA. Bard College at Simon's Rock is a division of Bard College, which was founded in 1860 and is located nearby, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

The school is an "early college", designed for students to enroll immediately after completing the tenth or eleventh grade, rather than after graduating from high school. Simon's Rock is the only accredited four-year early college to date and still the singular college or university to take this approach with all of its students. 

It is one of a number of early college entrance programs that provide opportunities for students to enter college one or more years ahead of their traditional high school graduation date. A majority of students transfer to larger institutions after receiving an Associate of Arts degree after two years, although many stay for four to receive a Bachelor of Arts.

Simon’s Rock (named for a glacial rock formation on the family land that would become the Simon’s Rock campus) opened in the fall of 1966 as a women’s school offering its students a four-year program that combined the last two years of high school and the first two years of college—concluding with an associate of arts (AA) degree.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college in the United States specifically designed to allow bright, highly motivated adolescents to fully realize their intellectual and creative potential by beginning college immediately after the tenth or eleventh grade.

Offering students both significant autonomy and appropriate support, Simon’s Rock fosters a diverse community of intellectual and chronological peers. Under the guidance of talented and dedicated faculty, students learn to formulate and defend their own ideas; to engage with the ideas of others; and to become innovative thinkers who contribute with purpose to the world around them.

The Bard College at Simons Rock is a Private university located in Great Barrington.
The Bard College at Simons Rock was founded in 1964.
The current president of Bard College at Simons Rock is Dr. Ian Bickford.

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