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.

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. (For more specific information, see below: "How will you be applying?") 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. Notification of admission occurs by the end of March, on your Bard Applicant Portal. 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. (For more specific information, see below: "How will you be applying?")

Add Bard to your Common Application college list:


How will you be applying?

Whether you're entering Bard as a first-year, transfer, or international student, there is important information that is particular to you.

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