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 will be available later this summer. Candidates apply by November 1. Notification by end of December.
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.
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.