The application process is just that—a process.
If you believe early college at Simon’s Rock is the right choice for you, talk to your admission counselor. Your counselor will work closely with you and your family, answering your questions and providing all the guidance and support you’ll need.
Below, you’ll find a detailed guide to the application, along with a timeline for admission. If you are applying from a homeschool program, as an international student, or as a transfer student, you’ll want to let your counselor know, and you’ll follow the additional guidelines provided.
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.
Your guidance counselor will submit this report with your transcript. (Home schooled students should submit the home school report.)
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.
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.
The two essay questions (samples below) 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.
Essay #1: WHY HERE, WHY NOW?
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?
Essay #2: CRITICAL ANALYSIS
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.”
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.
You can begin college at Simon’s Rock in either the fall (August) or spring (January) semester. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year as long as space remains available; early application is encouraged. A few spots remain for the fall 2015 class; please contact the Office of Admission if you are considering a fall application. Applicants typically hear of their decision within a few weeks of completing their application.
Applications for admission and financial aid are considered on a rolling basis as long as space remains available; early application is encouraged. Applicants typically hear a decision within 6-8 weeks of completing their application.
All applicants will be considered for any merit scholarships for which they are eligible; no additional application is required.