Admission

Admission

The Bard Entrance Examination

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Profiles

Faculty: Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly is Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature and codirector of the Written Arts Program at Bard College. He has been on the Bard faculty since 1961, founding the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts writing program in 1980. He is the author of more than 50 books of poetry, and his numerous grants and awards include recognition from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
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Forms

Required Application Materials for Those Using the Common Application

The following must be submitted by all first-year applicants to the undergraduate college:
  • 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.

Optional Application Materials for All Applicants

  • Standardized Testing We do not require SAT/ACT scores, but if you submit your scores we will consider them in making our admission decision. (Bard's CEEB code is 2037.)
  • Portfolios and Awards Artistic supplements are not required for admission to Bard, except in the case of transfer candidates seeking admission to the Written Arts or Photography programs. Copies of awards or certificates for extracurricular achievements are not required for admission. However, you may submit a resume of these along with your application.
    NOTE: If you decide to submit artistic supplements, BEFORE you submit your Common Application, please include a link to your work in the “Additional Information” section of the Common Application.
  • Applicants from China for whom English is not the first language and who are not enrolled in a school where the program is taught in English are advised to complete a Chinese Applicant Interview (CAI). Click here to find out more.

Transfer Materials

Artistic supplements are required for transfer candidates seeking admission to the Written Arts or Photography programs.

International Materials

Financial Aid Forms

Visit the Office of Financial Aid online for forms.