Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
Regular Action The application deadline is January 1 for notification in late March.Early Action (EA) Highly qualified candidates for whom Bard is a top choice are encouraged to apply through EA by November 1 for notification in late December.Early Decision (ED) Candidates for whom Bard is the top choice may opt to use the binding ED process by November 1 for notification in late December.
Immediate Decision Plan (IDP) Offered on select dates in November (see online calendar at bard.edu/admission/applying). Candidates for whom Bard is the top choice may participate in this daylong, campus-based program, after which admission decisions are made immediately. Bard Entrance Examination Candidates complete the online essay examination by November 1, with notification in late December.
Commitment Dates A nonrefundable deposit of $515 is required to hold a place in the class. Students accepted through Early Decision are expected to submit their deposit within a month after receipt of an offer of admission and, when appropriate, an offer of financial aid. All other students must inform the Admission Office of enrollment plans by May 1 (postmarked). Accepted candidates may ask to defer matriculation for one year. This request must be made in writing to the director of admission.
Early Admission Candidates seeking admission to Bard before completing secondary school may be accepted if they have an appropriate high school record and the recommendation of a guidance counselor or principal. An interview with a Bard admission counselor is required.
Transfer Students Transfer students are expected to be familiar with Bard’s distinctive curricular components, particularly Moderation and the Senior Project, and should anticipate spending three years at the College. Students who wish to transfer apply by March 1 for the fall semester (notification in April) or November 1 for the spring semester (notification in December). A student transferring from an accredited institution usually receives full credit for work completed with a grade of C or better in courses appropriate to the Bard academic program.
International Students The College encourages applications from students regardless of citizenship or national origin. Candidates whose first language is not English must submit the result of the Test of English as a Foreign Language or other evidence of proficiency in English.
All foreign nationals must file a Certificate of Finances (issued by the College Scholarship Service of the College Board, or CSS) before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) will be issued. Both are needed to obtain a visa. International students may be eligible, based on need, for Bard scholarships. Students seeking aid must also submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (also issued by the CSS). These forms are available at most secondary schools and through the College’s website.
Advanced Standing Advanced standing or college credit for College Board Advanced Placement courses may be given for the grade of 5. Students who wish to request credit or advanced standing must submit the appropriate record of their grade to the Office of the Registrar.The following international diplomas may be accepted for advanced standing: International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Swiss Maturity, and German Abitur. A student may be allowed to accelerate for up to 32 credits (a normal full year) at the time of Moderation if the Moderation board so recommends. Students who have earned A-level passes may enter with advanced standing.
In addition to applying to Bard College, candidates for admission to the Bard College Conservatory of Music must complete the Conservatory’s online supplemental application. As part of this online application, candidates must upload a recording (audio or video), a musical résumé, and a letter of recommendation from a music teacher. These prescreening recordings are reviewed, and selected candidates are then invited for a live audition. Admission decisions are made on the same schedule as those for the College. The musical résumé should include the names of teachers, dates and places of study, public performances, honors and awards, and other information about musical influences and education. For more information on the Conservatory of Music, see bard.edu/conservatory.