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Application Requirements

Application Form – The information you provide in the application form – demographics, family, education and activities – facilitates conversation with your admission counselor, and may be completed before paying the application fee. So you can start the application process early, up to a year before enrollment.

Secondary School Report – Your guidance counselor will submit this report with your transcript. (Home schooled students should submit the home school report.)

Standardized Test ScoresOptional – College entrance exam scores are optional. Applicants who choose to do so should have scores sent directly to us or included on their official transcripts – e.g., AP, IB, ACT, PLAN, PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests. Our codes are as follows: SAT/PSAT/AP 3795; ACT/PLAN 1893.

Recommendations – Request recommendations from individuals who know you and your work best. Two recommendations must be from teachers of two different core academic subjects (English, foreign language, math, science, or social studies); one must be from a current teacher. The third, non-academic recommendation is completed by another adult, such as an extracurricular activity advisor or work supervisor.

Parent/Guardian Supplement – Our experience has been that the decision to attend Simon’s Rock is best made after a serious discussion between the applicant and his or her family. So the application includes a section to be completed by your parent(s) and/or guardian(s).

Essays – The two writing samples are designed to give us a sense of your writing voice and command of language, as well as a sense of what and how you think.

Leaving high school to begin college early is an unusual choice. What goals, ambitions, and motivations have led you to apply for admission to Bard College at Simon’s Rock? Are there particular experiences, either academic or personal, that have contributed to your desire to begin college early? How does the particular kind of education and community that Simon’s Rock offers fit your own desires for intellectual and personal growth? How will your presence affect the academic and social environments at Simon’s Rock?

Reflect on the following passage from cultural anthropologist Joseph Campbell’s “The Power of Myth.” Compose a two to three page essay refuting or supporting his stance, taking into consideration its application to issues of present day technology, government, culture, ethics, or another area that is of particular interest to you.

“…myths offer life models. But the models have to be appropriate to the time in which you are living, and our time has changed so fast that what was proper fifty years ago is not proper today. The virtues of the past are the vices of today. And many of what were thought to be the vices of the past are the necessities of today. The moral order has to catch up with the moral necessities of actual life in time, here and now. And that is what we are not doing.”

Application Fee – The application fee is $50. Once you submit the online application, you can pay by credit card online or by phone, or by mailing a check or money order. Applicants who are unable to pay the fee should contact their school guidance counselor for an application fee waiver.

Interview – An interview with an admission counselor is required of each applicant. The interview is not as formal or intimidating as you might think. We’ll just be getting to know you as a live, talking, thinking person. And we’ll be glad to answer any questions you or your parents have about us. We prefer that the interview be in-person as part of a visit to campus. Please call to schedule or arrange a visit here.

Optional – We invite you to submit a piece of your own work (or description of a project, in any form you deem appropriate) that has particularly intrigued and excited you. Examples include but are not limited to a writing sample, a position paper, a problem solution, a poem or short story, a graded test, a research paper, a science project, a copy of a drawing, painting, or photograph, or a recording of music, a film, or a performance.

Information for International Students

Information for Home Schooled Students