More Information

Below is more information about the Microcollege and how to apply. You can also sign up to receive updates and reminders as the admission sign-up cycle approaches.

Admission for the 2020-2021 academic year, which will begin in late August 2020, will be open in April 2020.

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?

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  • How Do I Apply?

    The admission process happens entirely in person at Brooklyn Public Library. There are no standardized tests or placement exams.
    STEP 1: SIGN UP

    The online application system for the 2019-2020 academic year will be open for sign-ups between April 1st and May 7th on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone interested in applying should start by signing up online at microcollege.bard.edu on or after April 1st.

    Basic contact information is all that is required. This will enable applicants to reserve a place in an in-person application session. Walk-ins are also welcome as space permits.

    STEP 2: APPLY IN PERSON

    Applicants should plan to spend about 2 hours at the library for this part of the process. Everything needed to apply will be provided.

    Essay

    Applicants will be given three or four short passages to read and asked to write an open response by hand to just one.

    Applicants can 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 at Brooklyn Public Library, selected prospective students will be scheduled to attend a FAFSA Workshop (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at the Brooklyn Public Library. Applicants should plan to spend 1 hour at the library for this part of the process.

    • 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 be scheduled for an in-person interview. Applicants should plan to spend 1 hour at the library for this part of the process.

    Each of the selected prospective students will meet individually with two members of Bard College for a 10 to 15 minute conversation.

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