What We Do
The Center for Student Life and Advising supports transfer students as they make their transition to Bard. We recognize that students coming to Bard from other institutions of higher education have a unique Bard experience, especially in their first year at the College. We are here to help! Don't hesitate to get in touch.
All of us in the Center for Student Life and Advising are excited that you will be joining us. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 845-758-7454. We can also be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Transfer candidates with less than a year of college coursework may be required to participate in Bard’s first-year program, as determined by the Registrar of the College.
Am I Exempt from Bard's First-Year Program? Transfer candidates who have been full-time students and will have completed at least one year of college coursework at the time of matriculation at Bard (as determined by the Registrar of the College) are exempt from the College’s first-year program. They also have the option to take First-Year Seminar.
Bard's Curriculum Even if they arrive at Bard with 64 transferable credits and junior-class standing, transfers may not be prepared to moderate into the Upper College by the end of their first semester at Bard, and are therefore granted two semesters in which to complete their moderation. Learn more about Moderation and the Senior Project.
Transfer Student Orientation
Please plan to arrive on Wednesday, August 26, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You should arrive as early as possible if you plan to move into a residence hall. For travel information, please consult Bard Basics
: Traveling and Arrival. For those arriving in the area on Tuesday, a list of local accommodations
can be found on the Admission website.
In order to check in on Wednesday, August 26, go directly to the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation (RKC). You will receive a copy of the spring semester course list (also available on our website
); information about your post office box; and information regarding campus offices and services. If you plan to reside on campus, you’ll also receive keys to your residence hall and room. Representatives from Health Services, the Office of Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Office of Residence Life, Safety and Security, and the Dean of Student Affairs Office are on hand to welcome you and assist in answering any questions.
Throughout the next three days, you will have opportunities to meet with your academic adviser and finalize your schedule for the spring semester. When not occupied by academic commitments during orientation, you will have opportunities to learn about campus resources and services, and participate in social events. If you have any questions before then regarding travel arrangements or your time commitments over the orientation period, please get in touch.