Transfer Student Arrival Checklist

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Before You Arrive

1. Fill out and return the following matriculation forms:

Required Forms:
  • Due ASAP: Enrolling Student Information Form posted on the student Bard applicant portal
  • Due December 20, 2018: Housing Profile (if requesting on-campus housing) 
    Transfer students are also guaranteed housing, but are not required to live on campus. Transfer students: if you decide to live off-campus, please email to let us know. 
  • Due December 20, 2018 Medical Forms
  • Due December 20, 2018: Bard College Health Insurance Plan/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:
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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 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.
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 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.
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 will be sent to your Bard email.

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. Please complete it before you arrive.
  • Take the Math Diagnostic

    *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.