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 Common Application—demographics, family, education and activities—facilitates conversation with your admission counselor. You can start the application process early, up to a year before enrollment.
Your guidance counselor will submit this report with your transcript.
Whether you are applying for Spring or Fall admission, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 on the Common Application supplement 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. You must answer these questions through your Common Application account.
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
W.E.B. Du Bois [1868–1963] was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, and author. Born in Great Barrington, where Simon's Rock is located, Du Bois was the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard. Du Bois published The Souls of Black Folk in 1903, was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909, and edited its monthly magazine, The Crisis.
For the Critical Analysis essay, choose one of the following options:
1. Write a 2-4 page essay interpreting the following excerpt and discussing its implications for education, inclusion, and democratic society.
“[T]he hushing of the criticism of honest opponents is a dangerous thing. It leads some of the best of the critics to unfortunate silence and paralysis of effort, and others to burst into speech so passionately and intemperately as to lose listeners. Honest and earnest criticism from those whose interests are most nearly touched,— criticism of writers by readers, of government by those governed, of leaders by those led,—this is the soul of democracy and the safeguard of modern society.”
2. In this excerpt, Du Bois describes the experience of African Americans pursuing an education in post-Emancipation America. Write a 2-4 page essay interpreting the excerpt and discussing how it might speak to the present day pursuit of knowledge, self-awareness, and authenticity.
“It was weary work...If, however, the vistas disclosed as yet no goal, no resting-place, little but flattery and criticism, the journey at least gave leisure for reflection and self-examination; it changed the child of Emancipation to the youth with dawning self-consciousness, self-realization, self-respect. In those sombre forests of his striving his own soul rose before him, and he saw himself, – darkly as through a veil; and yet he saw in himself some faint revelation of his power, of his mission. He began to have a dim feeling that, to attain his place in the world, he must be himself, and not another.”
You can begin college at Simon’s Rock in either the fall (August) or spring (January) semester. Though we have official deadlines, completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year 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.
Simon's Rock complies with the Jeanne Clery Act and publishes crime statistics for the most recent three-year period. View the full report.