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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.

The information you provide in the application—demographics, family, education and activities—starts the conversation with your admission counselor.

Students applying for January or August 2017 may use the Common Application. To apply, set up a Common Application account—use the link and Bard College at Simon’s Rock will automatically be added to “My Colleges.” Please fill out both the Common Application and Supplement with two essay questions, and look out for more information from the Admission Office at Simon’s Rock after you submit your application.

The schedule below lists important deadlines, but it also lets you know when forms will be made available to you, and when you can expect to hear back on an admission decision.

Keep in mind that completing your financial aid application as soon as possible will ensure that you receive a potential financial aid offer in a timely manner.

And, as always, your admission counselor is ready to answer any questions you have about the application process and timeline.

Key Admission Dates

You can begin college at Simon’s Rock in either the fall (August) or spring (January) semester. Application deadlines are in place to guide students. We will continue to accept applications after the deadline as space and time permits; 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.

Fall submission & Notification Dates

Decision Round Application complete* Decision notification
Early Action I February 1 March 15
Early Action II April 1 May 15
Regular Decision June 1 July 15

*We will continue to accept applications after the deadline as space and time permits.

Spring (January) start

Applications for January entry are considered throughout the fall. 

November 1 - Spring Early Action completion deadline.

December 15 - Admission decisions will be communicated on or before this date.

Important Financial Aid Dates

Available September 1: Initial Application Form – The information you provide in the application form—demographics, family, education and activities—facilitates conversation with your admission counselor. So you can start the application process early, up to a year before enrollment.

Available October 1: The College Board PROFILE allows you to be considered for Simon's Rock aid, including many merit scholarships with amounts that vary on the basis of financial need. Complete the PROFILE at You'll need to pay a small fee and the directions can get arduous, but it's worth the effort. (If actual income and expense figures are not available, estimate as best you can.) Our code number is 3795.

Available October 1: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows you to be considered for federal and state aid, including grants and low-interest student loans that generally offer more flexible repayment options than private loans. Apply online at (not Our code number is 009645.