Applying to Bard

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.

Applying for Fall 2018? The Common Application goes live on August 1, 2017.

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 more.
  • Early Decision Expand for more.
  • Early Action Expand for more.
  • The Bard Entrance Examination Expand for more.

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.
  • Apply for Regular Admission using the Common Application. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and The College Board's College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS Profile) must be filed by February 15.

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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