Founded in 1860, Bard is an independent, four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences that inspires curiosity, a love of learning, and a commitment to the link between higher education and civic participation. Academic disciplines are interconnected through multidisciplinary programs and Bard's approach to learning focuses on the individual, primarily through small group seminars. Faculty are active in their fields and stress the connection between learning and active engagement outside the classroom. Bard graduates succeed in the workplace as well as in graduate school.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Government/Political Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Architecture
  • Film
  • Theater and Performance
  • Written Arts
  • Economics and Finance
  • Political Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Experimental Humanities
  • Global & International Studies
  • Global Public Health
  • Human Rights; Mind
  • Brain
  • Behavior; Medicine
  • Law

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Civic Engagement
  • Farming
  • Graduate Programs
  • Clubs
  • Debate
  • Student Government
  • Identity Groups
  • Newspaper
  • Radio
  • Theater & Performance

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Through the Common App you can choose to apply by Early Action, Early Decision, Immediate Decision Plan, or Regular Decision. Along with submitting the Common Application, applications include: two academic recommendations, transcript, guidance counselor recommendation and school report. Application requirements for international students differ from domestic students. You can also choose the Bard Entrance Examination which is an online essay test open only to high school juniors and seniors. Completion of the test is equivalent to an application for admission.


A transfer student is defined as one who has officially matriculated into a degree program (associate’s or bachelor’s) at an accredited junior college, college, or university, and completed at least one semester at that institution. Candidates who have taken college classes without being admitted into an institution's degree program are considered incoming first-year students, not transfer students. Applications include: College Report and college transcript; college-faculty academic recommendations. Application requirements for international transfer students differ from domestic students.

Additional Information

Financial aid and scholarships based on need are available. Both the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE forms are required by Bard. Click here for dates and deadlines. 

International students requesting financial aid must apply under Bard's Regular Admission program and complete and upload all materials to your Bard Applicant Portal by January 1. Students interested in being considered for need-based financial aid from the College must upload a completed International Student Application for Financial Aid form and a completed Certification of Finance form along with their application for admission. 

Visit us

Student-led campus tours last 60 to 80 minutes and depart from the Admission Office. The tour begins with a brief introduction by a counselor and focuses on Bard's academics. Visitors can stay after the tour for a Q&A session with our counselors. Because Bard’s campus covers approximately 1,000 acres of fields and forested land bordering the Hudson River in New York State, there is more to see after the campus tour. Plan your visit with time to explore other locations on campus, such as Blithewood Gardens, the Performing Arts Center, Music and Film, the Bard Farm, and more!

At Bard, we show up. We build, paint, dig, teach, play, sing, sweat. We show up in the middle of the night, work in the rain, crawl under the car, whatever it takes. This does not mean erasing the self. It means struggling with the tension between self and collective interests, and then acting compassionately.

Paul Marienthal, Dean for Social Action; Director, Trustee Leader Scholar Program
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Admissions office

Visit us

School location

PO Box 5000
Annandale on Hudson, NY 12504, United States of America

Phone number

(845) 758-7472