First-Year BA Applicants

The Admissions Committee reads every application closely and individually. There’s a reason test scores are optional: we don’t believe students’ potential can be reduced to a single number.  What’s important is that your application shows that you’re curious, engaged, ready to be challenged, and committed to learning. This means that you'll be a vital contribution to our residential campus and small seminar-style approach. 

Successful applications feature genuine commitment to the liberal arts, academic promise, readiness to engage with our course offerings, and extracurricular engagement. We ask for a valid high school diploma (A Levels and IB diplomas are accepted). Applicants who are not native speakers of English must also demonstrate advanced proficiency in English so that they can meaningfully participate in seminar discussions and writing assignments.

Questions about your application? The Admissions Office is always happy to schedule a call to talk about your application. To arrange for an advising session, send an email to admissions@berlin.bard.edu. 

Application Deadlines

Application  Plan Application / Financial Aid Application Due Notification Deposit Due
Early Action November 1 End of December May 1
Regular Admission January 15 End of March May 1
Late Admission  May 1 June 1 June 15
Late Admission for EU Citizens June 1 June 15 July 1


Application Materials

All application materials should be in English or should be sent with certified English translations, except where otherwise specified.

+  Motivation Statement (included in application forms)

+  Graded Writing Sample (included in application forms)

+  Official Transcript(s) (school reports)

+  Letter of Recommendation

+  English Proficiency Test (if applicable)

+  Standardized Testing SAT/ACT (never required)

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