Bard College Admissions

Bard College Admissions

With an acceptance rate of 56 percent, Bard College is considered a somewhat selective school. Bard is a test-optional school, meaning that students who didn't take or did poorly on the ACT or SAT, can still be considered for admission.

Admissions to Bard are need-blind and test-optional, so a strong academic and extracurricular record are a must for this highly selective college. Since Bard uses the Common Application, students will have to complete the essay portion of that application. Applicants must also submit high school transcripts, letters of recommendation; optional materials include a resume of activities, awards, and art portfolios for those interested in the art programs at Bard.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • Bard College Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
  • Test Scores
    • SAT Critical Reading: 640 median
    • SAT Math: 620 median
    • ACT Composite: 29 median
    • Note: Bard is a test-optional college

Bard College Description:

Located in Annandale-on-Hudson, a picturesque town about 90 miles north of New York City, Bard College is one of the country's top liberal arts colleges. Bard prides itself on its faculty and a 10 to 1 student/faculty ratio. They tout 98 percent of classes having fewer than 30 students The faculty includes five MacArthur Fellows, and the school has been home to four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature. For a small college, Bard is remarkably international, with 22 percent of students representing 51 countries other than the U.S.

On the athletic front, the Raptors compete in the NCAA Division III, within the Liberty League. Popular sports include basketball, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, and track and field.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 2,304 (1,970 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,384
  • Books: $950
  • Room and Board: $14,540
  • Other Expenses: $1,750
  • Total Cost: $68,624

Bard College Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 66%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 62%
    • Loans: 48%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $37,368
    • Loans: $7,349

Academic Programs

The most popular majors are Fine Arts, Languages and Literatures, Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Lacrosse, Baseball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Squash
  • Women's Sports: Swimming, Volleyball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Tennis

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • Transfer-out Rate: - %
  • 4-year Graduation Rate: 69%
  • 6-year Graduation Rate: 78%

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

Bard and the Common Application

Bard College uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you: