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.
2015 IDP Dates
Friday, November 6; Saturday, November 7
Friday, November 13; Saturday, November 14
Friday, November 20; Saturday, November 21
The IDP Application Deadline is November 1, 2015. The application will be posted after Labor Day.
NOTE: Your Common Application must be completed and submitted to the Admission Office by November 1 in order to be considered for IDP. There are no wait lists for IDP sessions once they are filled.
IDP Readings 2014 (2015 readings to be posted after Labor Day)
- Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. "Discourse on the Origin of Inequality Part Two," In The Essential Rousseau, Lowell Bair, trans. (New York: Penguin, 1983), 173-201.
- Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave," from Plato, The Republic, Benjamin Jowett, trans."
- Plato's "The Republic by Plato," Plato, The Republic, Richard Sterling and William Scott, trans. (New York: Norton, 1985), 209-234.
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
The committee also considers achievement, motivation, and intellectual ambition outside of school; appraises the standards of the secondary school curriculum; and carefully reads the application essay and recommendations. We suggest that recommendations be from both an English teacher and a math or science teacher from the junior or senior years. Students are advised to contact the Admission Office, or have their college counselor call to speak with an admission counselor if they have any questions about whether the IDP is appropriate for them. Please note that transfer students are not eligible to participate in the IDP.
Candidates participate in a seminar conducted by a Bard faculty member and meet with an admission counselor. Most recently the IDP seminars have focused on the study of mathematics and science in the liberal arts context. The Admission Committee will mail decisions the following workday. Note:
Only the College makes an immediate decision; accepted candidates may wait until May 1
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