Bard Immediate Decision Plan

Admission to Bard is highly competitive.

The Immediate Decision Plan (IDP) is recommended for the accomplished student for whom Bard is a top choice. The IDP is designed to help students develop a more informed opinion of the College and to accelerate the admission process during a daylong session. IDP is non-binding; we strongly discourage IDP applicants from applying Early Decision to another institution.
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Dates for 2016 IDP to be posted September 2016

Your completed application (through Common Application) must be submitted to the Admission Office by November 1 in order to be considered for IDP.  Please select "Early Action II - Immediate Decision Plan" for your preferred admission plan.

What the IDP readings were in 2015 (2016 readings to be posted September 2016):
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Who should apply for IDP?

We expect applicants to have pursued a rigorous course of study including honors and/or advanced classes if offered at their secondary school. In addition, a well-balanced program of study is considered the best preparation for succeeding at Bard. Such a program should include, if possible, a full four-year sequence in English, social sciences, and mathematics; study of at least one foreign language for three, preferably four years; and three to four years of study in the laboratory sciences. The Admission Committee is interested in the entire high school record, with junior and senior year courses being especially important.

+ Things to Consider Before Applying IDP

+ The Immediate Decision Process