What are the application options?
Choose only one!
Using the Common Application, candidates may apply to Bard through:
Regular Decision · Early Action · Early Decision · The Immediate Decision Plan*
*Interviews are optional, except for the Immediate Decision Plan (IDP) where interviews are part of the IDP process and day.
An alternative method of application is the Bard Entrance Examination, an online essay application.
See below for more details on each of these ways to apply to Bard!
Did You Know?
You do not need to take the SAT or ACT to apply to Bard.
SAT and ACT scores should only be submitted if a student feels that their scores are an accurate reflection of their academic abilities. Submitted SAT and ACT scores are only used to inform our review process in a very small fraction of applications that include SAT or ACT scores. Students who do not submit their SAT or ACT scores are not penalized in any way during the application review process.
For more information about our test optional policy, please reach out to the Office of Admission at email@example.com or 845-758-7472.
There is NO application fee to apply to Bard College!
Early Application Options
Apply by November 1
Regular Decision Option
Apply by January 1
Regular decision option: Apply using the Common Application. Decisions will be posted to your Bard applicant portal by the end of March. Candidates who are placed on the wait list are invited to submit supplemental information. Those who are not offered admission are usually required to wait a full academic year before reapplying.
Applying for Financial Aid?
Financial aid and scholarships based on need are available. Both the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE forms are required by Bard for domestic students. For international students, the Bard International Student Application for Financial Aid is required.
Deadlines for Submitting Financial Aid Forms
International students for early application options: November 1
Domestic students for early application options: December 1
International students for regular decision option: January 1
Domestic students for regular decision option: February 1
Interview Options and Requirements
How Will You Apply?
There is important information that is particular to you.
To apply to the Bard Conservatory, you must first apply to Bard College.
Click on how you will be entering Bard by choosing one of the links below. There is more information, including deadlines: