Admission

Admission

The Bard Entrance Examination

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Profiles

Faculty: Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College and editor-at-large of The American Interest. He is the author of several books, including God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008). He is a contributing editor to and writer on international affairs for prominent national publications.
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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.
  • Applicants from Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland 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.