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Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate60%
Acceptance Rate60%

Bard College Admissions

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.

Bard College Admissions Stats at a Glance

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%
Waitlist No

Bard College Application Deadlines

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

Want to Apply Early to Bard College?

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.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Bard College Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to Bard College?

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.

Transferring to Bard College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Bard College

Bard College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Bard College?

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.

Admissions Factors at Bard College

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.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Work Experience Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
State Residency Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Bard College for more information on admission factors.

Bard College Application Requirements

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)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Bard College?

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%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Bard College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
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.

About GPAs

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.

Standardized Test Scores

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.

What is a Good SAT Score for Bard College?

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.

What is a Good ACT Score for Bard College?

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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Bard College

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

Bard College Admissions FAQs

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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Bard College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


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.


Bard College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

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

Bard College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

623 - 728


Reading SAT Range

673 - 740

Bard College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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