As of 2014, Bard College requires prospective students to make an application, pay an application fee, take an entrance examination and provide: teacher recommendations, a guidance counselor's recommendation, a school report and a high school transcript. Students who have taken advanced placement courses are more likely to be accepted.
The admissions center suggests that candidates applying to Bard College should have four years of English, social studies and mathematics honor or advanced placement courses and at least three years of laboratory science and foreign language advanced placement courses. Each prospective student must also send in two teacher recommendations, one from a humanities teacher and another from a science teacher. Applications need to be received by the January 1 deadline each year. The acceptance rate as of 2014 is around 35 percent.
Bard College is located in New York and encompasses 600 acres, 500 of which are parks and woodlands. The school is local to both the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. This scenic location allows students to participate in plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, canoeing and horseback riding, while New York City is only 90 miles away. Most students also take advantage of the many opportunities to study abroad. In 2014, Bard College was ranked as number 38 among the best national liberal arts colleges, according to a ranking by U.S.News Education.