How Do I Apply?

The online application system for the 2021–2022 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.

Interested applicants can also schedule an admission session directly by calling The Care Center at 413-532-2900.

You will sign up for an online writing session where you will write an essay in response to a prompt. (Plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on this part of the process.) Afterwards, you will be contacted to start your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and discuss your needs for childcare and transportation. Finalists will be contacted to set up interviews and will meet individually with members of Bard College staff for a 10- to 15-minute conversation.

Admissions sessions for classes starting in August 2021 will be offered on:

  • Monday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15 at 12:00 p.m.

 

Admissions decisions will be announced in May.

FAQ

What is Bard College?

Bard College is a small liberal arts college founded in 1860 known for its commitment to the liberal arts and to democratizing access to them. Its main campus is located in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Bard seeks to inspire curiosity, a love of learning, and a commitment to the link between higher education and civic participation. Its small group seminars encourage thoughtful conversation in an inclusive environment.

What is the Bard Microcollege Holyoke?

A local, top-quality, accredited college where students earn an Associate in Arts degree from Bard College by attending classes at The Care Center at 247 Cabot Street, Holyoke MA. Courses are taught by experienced, qualified professors from local colleges who help students meet Bard’s high academic standards. Bard Microcolleges are large in ambition but small in terms of the number of students they serve at any one time. Students receive individual attention that keeps them on track toward their degree.

Who is this for?

Bard Microcollege Holyoke is a gender-diverse women’s college in the Holyoke, Springfield and Chicopee area for students whose educations have been interrupted by children, financial challenges, or other family responsibilities and life events. Age does not matter. Applicants who qualify for Pell Grants will be given priority.

What can I do with a Bard Associate in Arts degree?

The Bard associate degree prepares students for meaningful, stable, and better-paying jobs that value communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. For many students, the next step will be a bachelor’s degree program, where they can pursue a major in their chosen field.

What is the cost?

Tuition and books are fully covered by scholarships and federal Pell Grants, which do not have to be paid back. The Care Center helps with transportation, child care arrangements, breakfast and lunch, computers, and other services. Student costs include the time, energy, and effort it takes to commit to their education and do the work required.

What do I need to get in?

A high school diploma or its equivalent (GED/HiSET). A desire for education. A willingness to take on challenging intellectual work. An open mind.

What will I study?

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

How long will it take?

Two to three years (usually four or five semesters). Students may quicken or slow their pace toward completion, depending on their individual circumstances.

How many classes will I take each semester?

The typical full-time course load is 3 courses per semester, 4 credits per course = 12 credits per semester. Some variation is possible.

Will we be studying online during the pandemic?

Classes for the 2020-2021 school year are running remotely. You should be prepared for the fall semester to be in person, though hybrid or virtual classes may be necessary. You will receive a Chromebook before the start of classes. If we are online, you will still be welcome to come to The Care Center to attend virtual classes, study, and use the WiFi.

When will classes start and end?

Courses are offered in the fall semester from September-December and in the spring semester from January-May. New Fall 2021 students begin their first year with a two-week workshop in mid August and complete it with another two-week workshop in early June. Classes are scheduled between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Can I work while studying at Bard Microcollege?

Yes, if you can schedule your work hours around your college work and other responsibilities. A full-time, three-course, 12-credit course load requires at least 8 hours of in-class time per week, plus 16-24 hours of work outside of class. Students who have added a job to their college and household responsibilities have become expert time managers.

I have already taken some college courses. Can I transfer those credits?

Yes, Bard will accept up to 30 credits for courses taken at another institution as long as they are similar to those offered at Bard. You must provide proof that you completed the course and earned a grade of C or better. Bard’s registrar has to review and approve each transfer-credit request. Bard credits earned for the Clemente Course in the Humanities will apply to the Microcollege degree.

I have a student loan in default. Can I still apply?

Yes. Bard counselors may be able to work with you to rehabilitate loans in default and help you qualify again for federal and state financial aid. This is a goal but not a guarantee.

What’s my next step?

For more information or to schedule an admission session, call The Care Center at 413-532-2900. To keep up with the latest news, like us on Facebook: BARD Holyoke.