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How to Apply

Your application is not a set of numbers but an expression of your character, ambitions, imagination, and intelligence.

We ask for all of the standard information—recommendations and transcripts—but we also ask you to interview and do a good deal of writing. We’re curious about what you are thinking, why you are considering early college, and how you approach a critical argument.


Steps to Apply

  1. Create a Common Application Account
  2. Submit Application
  3. Submit Additional Items and Interview
  4. Supporting Documentation


When to Apply

Most students apply to the College as 10th and 11th graders. High school seniors are eligible to apply in the fall of their senior year in order to start college in our spring semester. High school seniors who graduate early or at a young age are also eligible to apply. If you are an 8th or 9th grader, consider applying to Bard Academy, our two-year high school on a college campus.
Though we have official deadlines, completed college applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year as long as space remains available. We encourage students to apply early, and applicants typically hear a decision within 6-8 weeks of completing their application.
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The Parts of the Application

We use the Common Application as the starting point. The information you provide in the Common Application (education, activities, family, demographics) initiates the conversation with your admission counselor. You can start this first step in the application process early, up to a year before enrollment.

We require four recommendations. 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, nonacademic recommendation is completed by someone who knows you outside of the academic setting, other than a family member. The fourth is completed by your school guidance counselor.

In the Common Application prior to submitting your application, identify who will be writing your recommendations. The actual recommendations can be submitted after you have submitted the application.

Our experience has been that the decision to attend Simon’s Rock is best made after a serious discussion between the applicant and his/her/their family. After you submit your Common Application, invite your parent or guardian to fill out their recommendation.

After submitting your application, submit two essays as part of the Common Application Writing Supplement. You do not need to submit the Common Application Personal Essay.

An interview with an admission counselor is required of each applicant. We prefer that the interview be in-person as part of a visit to campus. Interviews can be scheduled before or after the application is submitted.

Your guidance counselor will submit this report with your transcript. Your application will not be considered complete until we receive current year grades, i.e. first semester/trimester or the midyear grade report. In most cases, these are available after early November (semester system) or early December (trimester system). If your school does not include this with your school report and transcript, please request to have these emailed to

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.

Our codes are as follows:

  • SAT/PSAT/AP: 3795
  • ACT/PLAN: 1893

International students may need to submit English proficiency scores.

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. Upload optional work on your Application Status page after submitting the Common Application.

The financial aid applicationcan be submitted before or after you have submitted your application.

Inclusive Community

We welcome students from diverse backgrounds and educational experiences. We have additional guidelines to supplement the admission process.


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