How Do I Apply?
For the Fall 2021 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 sign-up form for the 2021–2022 application is now open. 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. Sessions are scheduled on many different days at different times of day during the month of May.
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.
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 College staff, 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
Finalists will then be scheduled for an interview via Zoom. Each finalist will meet individually with Bard College staff for a 10- to 15-minute conversation.
Interested in attending a virtual Open House May 6th, 15th, or 24th?
Before you apply to either or both of our NYC locations in Brooklyn & Harlem, consider attending one of our virtual Open House events to hear from a Bard Microcollege professor, ask questions about the program, and participate in an online writing session.