Bard First-Year Student Checklist

The following items should be completed before your arrival at Bard. Some are voluntary but many are required. Deadlines will be indicated when applicable.

Summer 2018 Checklist

  • Mid-July: housing assignments and mailbox numbers released

1. Fill out and return the following forms:
All forms can also be found online at

Must Read:
If Applicable: 
2. Purchase and read the following Language and Thinking Program texts:
The edition matters: rely on the ISBN to be sure you are getting the correct edition. Please read both texts in their entirety and bring both books with you in August. For more information on the Language and Thinking Program, contact the Dean of Student Affairs Office at 845-758-7454 or Log in and begin using your new Bard College email account.
Bard is currently transitioning to Google Apps for Education for email. You will receive a letter titled “Your Bard Account” via the Bard Admissions Portal before June 1st that details how to access your Bard email and other digital resources. More information on Bard email can be found at; an overview of our computing and technology resources can be found at Sign the Bard College Sustainability Pledge.
Fill out our Sustainability Pledge. Students who complete the form by July 14 will be eligible for a raffle (great prizes, we promise!).
5. Submit your digital "Bard Card" (Student ID) photo.
Your Bard Card is your primary identification on campus. Student ID cards are used to purchase meals at dining halls, gain access to buildings, events and library services. Please log in to the Bard Card Photo Tool website at to review photo requirements and upload your photos. Students must submit their photo by July 20, in order for their ID card to be in the check-in packet upon arrival. 6. Complete CampusClarity’s “Think about It” Program.
“Think about It” is an online educational program that addresses the important issues of gender-based misconduct and alcohol/drug awareness. The program link was sent to your Bard email account on July 2. The course must be completed by August 12.
  • Complete the "Think About It" Program (The program link was sent to your Bard email account on July 2.)
7. Complete the Math Placement Diagnostic.
This diagnostic helps us determine which math and science courses would be most appropriate for you. Once you have set up your Bard email account, go to for information about the Math diagnostic, which will be available until August 9. Please complete it before you arrive.8. Download the official Bard College App.
New student checklist can be found under New Students 2018 tab. The full L&T schedule will be available in the Bard App in late summer. Bard College's Mobile App will house News Student information as well as the entire Language and Thinking program schedule and important updates and notifications. It is compatible with iPhones/iOS and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry users can access the same information via our mobile site. 
9. Send us a postcard from home!
Every year, incoming students mail the College a postcard from home. It can be store-bought or homemade—get creative! On it, write a message to your fellow first-year students. The cards will be on display during L&T. Consider it your first group installation! If, by chance, you are somewhere that you can’t mail, email a photo and message to us at, and we’ll make a postcard for you! Mail the card to:
Bard College
Dean of Student Affairs Office
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000