Admission

Admission

First-Year Experience in Berlin

Learn more about how students can spend one or both semesters of their first year at Bard's newest global campus at Bard College Berlin!

Profiles

Faculty: Teju Cole

Teju Cole

Teju Cole, distinguished writer in residence at Bard College, was born in the United States in 1975 to Nigerian parents; he was raised in Nigeria and currently lives in Brooklyn. Cole is an author, art historian, and street photographer. The New York Times selected his novel Open City as one of 100 Notable Books of 2011.
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Applying Options

Regular Admission

Candidates apply by January 1. Notification by end of March. Candidates who are placed on the wait list are invited to submit supplemental information. Those who are not offered admission are usually required to wait a full academic year before reapplying.

The Bard Entrance Examination

Examination available on June 2. Candidates apply by November 1. Notification by end of December.

Early Decision

Early Decision candidates for whom Bard is the top choice may opt to use the binding Early Decision process by November 1 for notification by end of December. Please also fill out the Early Decision Agreement from, which is available online via the Common Application website.

Immediate Decision Plan

The Immediate Decision Plan (IDP) accelerates the admission process during a daylong session on campus in which students participate in a seminar with Bard faculty and meet with an admission counselor. The admission committee mails decisions the following workday.

Early Action

Highly qualified candidates who are certain that Bard is their top choice are encouraged to apply by November 1. Applicants will be notified by end of December. Please clearly indicate your intent to apply Early Action on the application.

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