Bard College at Simon's Rock

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: New England
City/State: Great Barrington, MA
Locale: Very Small Town (5,000 to 10,000)
Student Population (FTE): 400
In-State Tuition: $61,600.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $61,600.00
Institution Website:
Institution Type:
Baccalaureate College/University
Private Institution
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

At Simon’s Rock we believe that everyone in our community deserves a place where they can feel safe and welcomed. Our LGBTQIA2S+ community is abundant and we work continuously to collaborate collectively across campus to evaluate and increase the support measures that we offer to our students. Within our community, we offer a Pride Week each March, Inclusive Housing option, LGBTQIA2S+ academics, and a host of other support services to increase awareness, inclusion, and equitable practices within the Simon’s Rock community. For more information about these initiatives, please visit our page Celebrating and Supporting our LGBTQIA2S+ Community.

Our Synopsis

Simon’s Rock celebrates Pride Week through series of educational, cultural, and social events ranging from the “Dolly Drag” show to Queer Story Time and Queer & Trans Self-Defense. We fly the Progress Pride flag as well as the Black Lives Matter flag in key locations across campus. Our students often encounter queer studies, sexuality studies, and/or gender studies in their coursework. We believe that connecting our curriculum with LGBTQIA2S+ experiences, texts, and scholars, helps students gain a better perspective of the world. Our students are empowered to use different names and pronouns depending on the setting and the circumstance, and determined by their personal level of comfort - which students can formally change in our records at any time. We offer flexible and accommodating living spaces for all gender identities and expressions. Our first-year students are assigned housing and paired with roommates based on comfort, safety, and gender identity. We have residence halls with many different gender configurations and our Campus Life staff are always happy to work with students to find the best fit. Our Wellness Center supports our LGBTQIA2S+ needs through a range of health and counseling services. Our nurses and physicians meet with students individually to discuss health care concerns, including finding outside resources and providers as needed. In addition, our counseling clinicians and our psychiatrist meet with students to develop individual treatment plans.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Bard College at Simon's Rock

At Simon’s Rock, for the first time in my life, I felt like I could come out and be myself. Our queer Rockers are unapologetically themselves and encourage their closeted peers to live authentically.

— 18-year-old, pansexual, female, sophomore

As a student here I always felt that being proud in our identities was valued very highly, so to see that recognized by Campus Pride is great. Each of the four stars we earned are well deserved and we are excited about working toward that fifth star. When I first came here I was in denial about my identity as a queer person, but the environment allowed me to start exploring my thoughts and feelings. I finally felt comfortable enough to play around with my identity and express myself in a way that felt right. I think it’s a deliberate choice and continuous effort on behalf of Simon’s Rock to make this a place where that can happen.

— 21 years old, transmasculine, recent grad

Almost half of our students are queer, and most of us are interested in creating social change. It makes for a really unique environment where people are free to explore and learn about themselves and the world, as well as make a real impact—far more than they, or at least I—would have been able to at a different college.

— 17, trans lesbian, junior, international student

The incredible support inside and out of the classroom I’ve received from my professors has been pivotal to both my academic and social success!

— 19-year-old, queer, genderqueer, junior

Highlights & Organizations

Groups & activities


Admissions Office

Bard College at Simon's Rock Admissions Office

Office of Admission
Bard College at Simon's Rock
84 Alford Road

Great Barrington, MA 01230

Phone: 1-800-235-7186

Admission Application Deadline:
Apply now for Fall 2018

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

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The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at

Bard College at Simon's Rock
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
4.5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
4 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
3.5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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