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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.
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.