Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College
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Dates and Deadlines

You can start the application process anytime, up to a year before enrollment, by filling out the application form. 

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.

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Though we have official decision rounds, 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.

Key Admission Dates

We are currently accepting applications for January 2022 (spring semester) and August 2022 (fall semester). 

Fall start

Complete Application Receive Admission Decision
February 1 March 15
April 1 May 15
June 1 July 15

 *We will continue to accept applications after June 1 as space and time permit.

January start

Complete Application Receive Admission Decision
November 1* December 15

*We will continue to accept applications after November 1 as space and time permit.

 Starting in January


The Financial Aid Application: Available October 1

About 80 percent of Simon’s Rock students receive a financial aid package. You can start your financial aid application on October 1, that’s when the College Board PROFILE and FAFSA become available. The financial aid application can be submitted before or after you have submitted your application. We recommend that you complete your financial aid application at the same time as your admission application to ensure that you receive a potential financial aid offer in a timely manner. All applicants will be considered for any scholarships for which they are eligible; no additional application is required.

 How To Apply for Financial Aid