Check in with Bard College's admissions department for any important information, including application fees.
Students who apply to Bard College for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.
The following is an overiew of some of Bard College's admissions stats.
|Bard College 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||34%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Not optional and are considered|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||12%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||6%|
These are the application deadlines for Bard College.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||Yes||November 1||January 1|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
|Early Action||Yes||November 1||January 1|
|Regular Decision||Yes||January 1||April 1|
Bard College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.
🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by January 1.
🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Bard College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 1.
The early decision acceptance rate at Bard College is 89%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 60%. In 2022, Bard College admitted 40 of the 45 students who applied early decision.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.
It is moderately difficult to get into Bard College. Bard College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.
In 2021, Bard College accepted 60% of students, around 3,096 of the 5,161 students who applied.
Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Bard College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.
Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.
Bard College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.
What does Bard College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Character/Personal Qualities||Very Important|
|Extracurricular Activities||Very Important|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
Make sure to check with Bard College for more information on admission factors.
To apply to Bard College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Bard College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement|
|Transcript(S) of College Record|
|Transcript of High School Record|
|Standardized Test Scores|
|Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)|
Bard College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.
Out of all students that were admitted, 35% submitted a class rank. At Bard College 34% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 68% were in the top 25% and 90% were in the top 50%.
At Bard College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||––|
|3.50 and 3.74||––|
|3.25 and 3.49||––|
|3.00 and 3.24||––|
|2.50 and 2.9||––|
|2.00 and 2.49||––|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Bard College directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
Bard College considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
Bard College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2022, 12% of Bard College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Bard College students scored 728 or higher and 75% of students scored 673 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Bard College students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 673 or higher.
To be most competitive at Bard College, you should strive to earn between 28 and 33 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Bard College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.
A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Bard College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.
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For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Bard College.
For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.
Transfer students can enroll in Bard College during the following terms:
• Fall Term
• Spring Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Bard College?
✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Bard College.
Does Bard College accept transfer credits?
✅ Bard College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does Bard College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
✅ Bard College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Bard College?
✅ Bard College is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
What is Bard College's acceptance rate?
✅ The acceptance rate for Bard College is 60%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Bard College?
✅ Bard College's early decision acceptance rate was 89% in 2021.
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How hard is it to get into Bard College? Bard College is a somewhat selective institution. The Bard College acceptance rate is 60%. This means that the institution accepts 59 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bard College is Jan 1.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bard College is Mar 1.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
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