How will you apply?
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-758-7472.
There is NO application fee to apply to Bard College!
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!
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?
Required Financial Aid Forms for Bard College
Financial aid and scholarships based on need are available. Both the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE forms are required by Bard for domestic students and are found online. For international students, the Bard International Student Application for Financial Aid is required and is to be completed and uploaded to their Bard portal with their application. All students receive access to their Bard Portal via email after submitting their Common Application to Bard College.
Deadlines for Submitting Financial Aid Forms
- Non-U.S citizens who are applying through early application options: November 1
- NOTE for Immediate Decision Plan (IDP) Applicants: November 1 is the deadline for financial aid forms for all IDP applicants (U.S. and Non-U.S. citizens) to receive early notification of the financial aid estimate.
- U.S. citizens applying through all other early application options (Bard Entrance Exam, Early Action, Early Decision): December 1
- Non-U.S. citizens who are applying through the regular decision option: January 1
- U.S. citizens who are applying though the regular decision option: February 1
Interview Options and Requirements
Yellow Ribbon Program
Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, colleges and universities enter into a voluntary agreement with the Veterans Administration to cover the cost of tuition and fees in excess of the amounts payable under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The Yellow Ribbon Program financially aids veterans, and those eligible for veterans benefits, to make a Bard education more accessible regardless of a student's socio-economic circumstances.
For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, please contact Josh Tyler at email@example.com.
The Bridge Program