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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IDP 2015


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.

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.

Check back after Labor Day for IDP Readings for 2015 and for the IDP Online Reservation Form!
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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