Applying to Bard

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What are the application options? 

Choose only one! Using the Common Application, candidates may apply to Bard through Regular Admission, Early Action, Early Decision, or through the Immediate Decision Plan. An alternative method of application is the Bard Entrance Examination, an online essay application.

Interviews are optional for first-year students but recommended for transfer students. Click on "How Will You Be Applying" below and choose "First Year" or "Transfer" or "International" to view interview schedules and to reserve your interview slot.

Early Application Options

Apply by November 1

Early application options are open to all domestic students. International students who are not applying for financial aid are also eligible. Apply using the Common Application, except for the Bard Entrance Exam, which is an online essay application. Notification of admission occurs by the end of December, and earlier for IDP candidates, on your Bard Applicant Portal. The following are Bard's Early Application Options (choose only one)
  • Immediate Decision Plan Expand for Immediate Decision Plan
  • Early Decision Expand for Early Decision
  • Early Action Expand for Early Action
  • The Bard Entrance Examination Expand for The Bard Entrance Examination

Regular Admission Option

Apply by January 1

Regular admission is open to domestic and international students. Decisions will be posted to your Bard Applicant Portal by the end of March. Candidates who are placed on the wait list are invited to submit supplemental information. Those who are not offered admission are usually required to wait a full academic year before reapplying.

How will you be applying?

There is important information that is particular to you.

To apply to the Bard Conservatory, you must first apply to Bard College.
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