Bard Student Arrival Checklist

Summer 2018 Checklist

  • Late-July: housing assignments and mailbox numbers released

1. Fill out and return the following forms:
All forms can be found online at
  • Housing Profile (if requesting on-campus housing. Due June 1)
  • Enrolling Student Information Form posted on the student Bard applicant portal (Due June 1)
  • Medical Forms (Due July 1)
  • Bard College Health Insurance Plan/Opt-Out Waiver  (Due July 20)
    • Click here to waive the Plan  (If you are not enrolling in Bard's Health Insurance plan, then you must submit the 'Opt out' waiver.)
    • ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: All international (non-U.S. citizen) undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in the Bard College Student Health Insurance Plan unless they obtain a waiver by presenting evidence of insurance coverage from one of three different commercial providers. The three different commercial providers are listed in the Health Insurance Comparison Chart below:
Must Read: 
If Applicable: 
2. 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 the end of June that details how to access your Bard email and other digital resources. More information on Bard email for BOTH first year and transfer students, can be found here; an overview of our computing and technology resources can be found here.
  • Set Up Your Email Account (Log-in instructions will be posted to the student Bard applicant portal before the end of June.)
3. Send a Finalized Transcript to the Registrar's Office
Transcripts from your previous institution(s)—including final grades—should be sent to Registrar Peter Gadsby at the address below. If you have questions, contact him at or 845-758-7458.
  • Mail transcript(s) to:
    Peter Gadsby
    ​Office of the Registrar
    PO Box 5000
    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
4. 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 Campus Clarity’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 2The 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.
  • Take the Math Diagnostic (available online July 2)

    *If you have already taken a college math class higher than "college algebra" and received a C grade or higher, you are exempt from taking the Math Placement Diagnostic.