Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Bard College is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 5,181 applications and 2,912 students were granted admission. Bard College is at the #54 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Admission Requirements and Recommendations

Bard College uses the following list of admission requirements and recommended documents when evaluating students applications. All documents listed under the "Required" sections must be submitted with your application but those listed under the "Recommended" section are optional.

Please double check with the school to verify the current and complete admission requirements.


  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended

  • Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Fall 2016 Applicants Statistics

The following table details the number of students who applied, admitted and erolled in Bard College, in Fall 2016.
Men Women Total National Avg.
Applicants 1,814 3,367 5,181
Admitted students 971 1,941 2,912
Enrolled students 193 316 509
Acceptance rate 53.5% 57.6% 56.2% 64%
Yield 19.9% 16.3% 17.5% 35%

Accepted Credits

The following table outlines which college prepartory work and life expreaince will earn you credits at Bard College.

Advanced placement (AP) credits
Dual credit (college credit earned while in high school)
Not Accepted
Credit for life experiences

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students

Admission Deadlines

January 1

  • Regular application
  • Fall application
  • Early action applicants will be notified

March 15

  • Transfer application (regular)

April 1

  • Applicants notification date

May 1

  • Students must reply to acceptance offer

November 1

  • Early action application

December 15

  • Early decision application

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