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| | All the usual stuff: good essays, good grades, good extracurriculars, etc. However, Bard doesn't require standardized test scores, and really does consider the student as a whole person. If you are an interesting and motivated person, but you got a few bad grades in high school, get in contact with your admissions counselor and explain why. Bard admissions counselors really spend a lot of time on their decisions and do their best to look at each applicant as a person rather then just a file (I work in the admissions office as a student tour guide and have seen this firsthand). HOW I GOT INTO BARD: I met the admissions faculty member for my region at a college fair and we really hit it off. He was super open-minded and wasn't trying to sell me his school. He loved poetry - I loved poetry. I was looking for a school that had athletics, but chill athletics. He told me Bard has a division three status and isn't very competitive when it comes to sports. Prefect fit for me. He gave me the email to the cross country coach and I repeatedly emailed him and the admissions faculty member for my region back. They both ended up writing a letter to add to my other recommendations for the admissions board to see.
HOW YOU CAN GET INTO BARD:
1.) First find out who will handle your admissions process at Bard for your region. You can do this by asking the question to
2.) Get the admission officer?s email for your region.
3.) Try to make your name known by Bardian admissions by sending emails with that admissions faculty member. Be sure to tell them your interests, what you are like, why you?re looking at Bard, what makes Bard different from the other schools you?re looking at, and any other information you see fit.
4.) Try to schedule a visit to Bard: college tour, college interview, or a college sleepover! Make sure, if you?re a prospective student, to sign some kind of paper while at Bard so admissions knows you were interested enough in the school to check it out.
5.) Grades are somewhat important in Bard?s decision-making, but they say on their website that they also look at ?achievement, motivation, and intellectual ambition; appraises the standards of the secondary school curriculum; and carefully reviews application essays. The committee also considers the time and effort that the student has dedicated to classes and out-of-class activities and pays close attention to recommendations. The Admission Committee does not consider a candidate's financial need in making its decision.?
6.) DON?T be afraid to show Bard you are different. They are one of rare colleges that don?t just judge your intelligence on a stupid monopolized test like the SATS or ACTS (which you don?t need to send in.)
decent grades, good recs. Bard wants to see that you are passionate about something. stand out with your passion and brilliance. impress them with your essay, interview, and of course extracurriculars (genuine and interesting ones). take a specific interest in programs at Bard, or professors. Bard, more than most other colleges of its caliber, gives you some slack in terms of grades and test scores, but I know that's changing because things have gotten so competitive in recent years.