Early College Network and Opportunity Scholarship Program

Photo by Scott Barrow
Photo by Scott Barrow
The Bard Early Colleges (BEC) have grown since 2001 from a single school to a nationwide network. Today, Bard operates nine early college campuses across five states and serves more than 2,000 students. Many BEC graduates choose to pursue their B.A. degrees at Bard’s main campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. In recognition of the synergy between academic programs in the BEC network, and to create a smooth transition from the Early Colleges to the B.A. program, BEC students have Preferred Admission, which includes curricular counseling and preregistration for classes. Applicants who demonstrate significant financial need may also apply for Early College Opportunity (ECO) scholarships, which provide grants covering up to full tuition.

Dates and Deadlines

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Early Applications Due:
Early Action, Early Decision, Immediate Decision Plan
Nov. 1
Financial Aid Application Due for Early Applications (FAFSA and CSS Profile):
FAFSA and CSS Profile must be filed by all Early Decision applicants by this date.
Dec. 15 
Decision Notification for Early Applications: End of December
Deposit Due:
Early Decision, Early Decision 2-Immediate Decision
Within a month after receipt of decision and/or financial aid package
Deposit Due:
Early Action, Early Action 2-Immediate Decision Plan, Regular Admission
May 1
Regular Admission Application Due (NOTE: ECO applicants are asked to apply at this deadline): Jan. 1
Financial Aid Application Due for Regular/ECO Applicants:  (FAFSA and CSS Profile) Feb. 15
Decision Notification (Regular/ECO): March 1 
Deposit Due: May 1


Preferred Admission

Bard Early College students receive the following benefits:
  • Advanced standing
  • Automatic transfer of Bard credits
  • Guaranteed on-campus housing
  • Early college transitional advising 
  • Program and course selection advising
  • Preregistration for classes 
  • Ongoing academic and social support 


BEC applicants are eligible to apply through the Common Application at the November 1 deadline via our Early Decision, Early Action; Early Decision 2-Immediate Decision and Early Action 2-Immediate Decision programs, as well as at the January 1 Regular Admission deadline. 

Early applicants will receive notification decisions by mid-December. All BEC applicants will receive notification decisions by March 1.
Early College Opportunity (ECO) Scholars
Bard High School Early College students in Manhattan.

Early College Opportunity (ECO) Scholars

We ask that all students eligible for and interested in applying for the Early College Opportunity (ECO) Scholarship apply via the Common Application at the January 1 deadline. Students interested in the ECO Scholarship must also complete the ECO supplemental form by January 1 (form will be available in early September). ECO applicants may also be required to interview in person or via videoconference, and may be invited to participate in a campus visit day.

BEC applicants who demonstrate significant financial need and intellectual engagement can apply for Early College Opportunity (ECO) scholarships, which provide grants covering up to full tuition. ECO Scholars participate in an expanded orientation program (including a two-week prematriculation workshop in Annandale and ongoing support and advising after matriculation) and will be expected to contribute to the civic life of the Bard College campus community.

Financial Aid

Bard High School Early College (Manhattan, Queens, Baltimore, Cleveland) students are eligible for up to three years of need-based financial aid; Early College Center (New Orleans, Harlem Childrens Zone, Hudson) students for four years of financial aid. All Bard Early College applicants, including those under consideration for the ECO scholarship, will be considered for all need-based scholarship opportunities offered by the College. The FAFSA, CSS PROFILE, and a copy of the most current tax return must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by January 1.