Bard Clemente Course in the Humanities

About the Program

About the Program
The Clemente Course provides free humanities education to motivated students who might not otherwise have the opportunity for higher education. Begun as a pilot project on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Clemente Course is currently in its 17th year of operation, with approximately 400 students matricu­lated. Bard College oversees 10 courses. There are a number of other courses in the U.S. and abroad that are operated in conjunction with other institutions.

What makes us unique?

  • The program has enrolled more than 3,000 students, many of whom have earned college credit and continued to further their educations.
  • The program removes many of the financial barriers to higher education that low-income individuals face: books, carfare, and childcare are provided, and tuition is free.
  • Bard grants a certificate of achievement to any student completing the Clemente Course and six college credits to those completing it at a high level of academic performance.
  • Bard also provides information sessions on applying to colleges and offers a two-semester sequel program in New York City, Chicago, and Boston for graduates who desire to continue their education but are unable to transfer ­immediately into a regular college degree program.