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Prospective Student FAQ

WHAT IS THE BARD MICROCOLLEGE AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY?

A local, top-quality, accredited college where students earn Bard Associate in Arts degrees by attending classes at Brooklyn’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Bard’s individualized approach means academic advisors keep students on track toward their degrees, while tutors and BPL librarians support them along the way.

HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?

There is no cost to students. Tuition and books are fully covered by grants and Brooklyn Public Library scholarships. Unlike student loans, grants and scholarships do not have to be paid back.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Everything liberal arts college students study at respected institutions the world over: literature, philosophy, anthropology, art, science, writing, mathematics, sociology, economics, history, and more.

WHAT ARE CLASSES LIKE?

Small seminars taught by experienced professors who are invested in student learning and potential — no big lectures, no teaching assistants. Standards and expectations are high.

WHAT DO I NEED TO GET IN?

A high school diploma or its equivalent (GED/HSE/ TASC). Curiosity, ambition, a willingness to work hard, and an open mind.

WHEN WILL CLASSES BE HELD?

Classes follow a standard academic calendar. Daytime classes will be scheduled between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.

HOW MANY CLASSES WILL I TAKE EACH SEMESTER?

3 courses per semester, 4 credits per course = 12 credits per semester. Full-time status only. Summer courses will be offered.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO EARN A DEGREE?

Two to three years. 60 credits total.

CAN I TRANSFER CREDITS TO THE PROGRAM?

Yes. Students can transfer up to 30 credits if they are for courses similar to those offered at Bard and with Bard approval. Transfer credits may not be used to replace all core requirements.

CAN I WORK WHILE I’M ENROLLED?

Bard at Brooklyn Public Library is full-time. Students can work in the evenings or on weekends, but would need enough time to study.

WHAT’S MY NEXT STEP?

Learn how to apply below.


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How Do I Apply?

For the Fall 2020 admissions cycle, applicants will participate in one online writing session. Finalists will be contacted to set up interviews, and will be asked to complete the FAFSA form. There are no standardized tests or placement exams.
STEP 1: SIGN UP

The online application system for the 2020–2021 academic year is open for sign-ups. Anyone interested in applying should start by signing up.

Basic contact information is all that is required. This will enable applicants to reserve a place in an online writing session.

STEP 2: WRITING SESSION

Applicants will be invited to a Zoom meeting by Bard Microcollege staff at the time they have selected for their writing session. Applicants should plan to spend 1 to 2 hours on this part of the process. 

During the writing session, applicants will be given three or four short passages to read and asked to write an open response to just one. At the end of the 2 hours allotted for the session, applicants will submit their responses via a Google form.

Applicants may write in whatever form they choose. It does not have to be a formal essay. Grammar and spelling are less important than showing how and what they think about the passage selected.

STEP 3: FAFSA APPLICATION

Once the essays are reviewed by Bard Microcollege at Brooklyn Public Library, selected prospective students will be asked to fill out the FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Bard Microcollege at Brooklyn Public Library will schedule several online workshops to assist applicants in filling out the FAFSA, during which:

  • Applicants will get a checklist of the information they will need in order to complete the FAFSA.
  • They will have help creating an FSA ID and completing their FAFSA.
STEP 4: INTERVIEW

Selected prospective students will then be scheduled for an interview, either online or in person. Each of the selected prospective students will meet individually with two members of Bard College staff for a 10- to 15-minute conversation.