Bard Transfer Student Academics

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Traditionally, all incoming students at Bard are required to participate in Bard's First-Year Program. The registrar will determine if a transfer student is exempt from this program on a case-by-case basis.

What Is the First-Year Program?

The first-year program consists of the following elements on the common curriculum:
  • the three-week Language and Thinking Program that takes place in August;
  • the First-Year Seminar, a two-semester course that presents seminal intellectual, cultural, and artistic ideas in the context of a historical tradition; and
  • the three-week Citizen Science Program that takes place during winter break in January.

Am I Exempt from the First-Year Program?

Transfer candidates with less than a year of college coursework may be required to participate in 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 are exempt from the College’s first-year program. They also have the option to take First-Year Seminar. Exemption status will be determined by the registrar.

What Else Do I Need to Know about Bard's Curriculum?

Even if a transfer student arrives 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.