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Faculty: Gideon Lester

Gideon Lester

Gideon Lester is professor of theater and director of theater programs at Bard College. A London native, he received his B.A. from Oxford University, where he studied English literature, and completed his graduate training in dramaturgy at Harvard University, where he was a Fulbright and Frank Knox Scholar.
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Applying to Bard

Extraordinary Opportunities to Thrive and Achieve

Typically, Bard students have prepared for college by taking honors or advanced placement courses in a curriculum that includes:
    • four years of English, social studies, and mathematics, and
    • three (preferably four) years of laboratory science and a foreign language.
Yet admission to Bard does not rest solely on measures like these. We welcome ambitious, independent thinkers and look closely at each applicant. Bard presents extraordinary opportunities for students to thrive and achieve, and seeks students who will take full advantage of all the College has to offer.

Please note that if you are 25 years or older, or will be turning 25 during your first year at Bard, you are not eligible to apply to the College as a first-year applicant. You may apply as a transfer candidate through our 'Returning to College Program' (RCP); this requires that you complete at least one year's worth of college credits (28–32) prior to matriculation at Bard.

Required Materials with the Common Application

All applicants to the Bard undergraduate college who choose to apply by Common Application must include the following materials. Additional application materials are required for International, Transfer, and Homeschooled applicants.
    • Common Application
    • Application fee ($50.00) or Fee Waiver
    • Teacher recommendations: We prefer that one recommendation come from an English or humanities instructor, and one from a math or science instructor.
    • Guidance Counselor recommendation and school report
    • High School transcript (Include mid-year senior grades if available at the time you apply.)
    NOTE: For Early Decision Applicants ONLY, please also include the Early Decision Agreement form, which is online via the Common Application website.

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