Admitted Students Day

Welcome to Virtual Admitted Students Day! We are excited to have you and your family join us online for a full day of live panel discussions and chats with staff, faculty, and students, as well as virutal tours, podcasts, videos, and readings.

Introductions from me—Mackie Siebens ’12, Director of Admission—and Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, will start your day. Following these introductions, please explore the diverse information booths and webinars at your own pace.

The Bard community has come together from all over the world to make sure you gain an authentic understanding of everything that Bard has to offer. We’ll be available all day to take your questions, so feel free to jump on a live chat if you want to connect with us.

Thanks for joining us, and enjoy!

Mackie Siebens ’12
Director of Admission

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Welcome to Bard

Mackie Siebens '12, Director of Admission, welcomes you to Virtual Admitted Students Day 2021 with a video introduction to Bard College and its network.

Transformation and Inspiration

Mary McCarthy called Bard a "mad, exciting place." This student-created video offers a glimpse of the transformative, interdisciplinary experiences that students have at Bard.

Places to Explore During Bard’s Virtual Open House on April 10th


Feel free to explore any and all information booths throughout the day. Each booth contains podcasts, videos, and digital brochures as well as a chat function that will allow you to connect with faculty, staff and current students in real time.

9:00 am

Welcome from the Director of Admission
Welcome from the President of the College
Gallery Opens

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Information Booths

  • Bard's Academic Traditions
  • Admission and Financial Aid
  • Athletics and Recreation
  • Bard Conservatory of Music
  • Bard Farm and Sustainability
  • Bard Network, Civic Engagement, and Career Development
  • Division of the Arts
  • Division of Languages and Literature
  • Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing
  • Division of Social Studies
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Health, Counseling, and Wellness
  • Interdivisional Programs
  • Learning Commons and Accessibility
  • Residence Life and Housing
  • Safety and Security
  • Student Clubs, Activities, and the Bard Houses
  • Study Abroad
  • Transfer and Return to College
  • 3+2, 4+1, and Graduate Programs

10:00 am

Webinar 1: The Bard Curriculum

12:00 pm

Webinar 2: Campus Life, Civic Engagement, and the Bard Network

2:00 pm

Webinar 3: Q&A with Bard President, Leon Botstein

4:00 pm

Closing Remarks from the Director of Admission

Frequently Asked Questions

You will be sent an email the week before Admitted Students Day to the email address listed on your application to Bard College. That email contains login credentials for Admitted Students Day. Enter those credentials in the login window on the site to explore the online platform.
Not at all. Just use your login credentials to enter the platform and enjoy! If you receive an error message when logging into the platform click "File" and "New Incognito Window" in your browser in order to access an incognito window and login there.
Yes! Please share your login credentials with anyone who would like to participate in Admitted Students Day.
Admitted Students Day has been designed to help you gain an in-depth understanding of all the opportunities Bard College provides to its students. Faculty, staff, current Bard students, and alumni/ae have come together from around the globe to share with you their Bard stories and details about programs, activities, and community engagements. Watch videos, listen to podcasts, browse brochures, and listen to live panels on academic and student life at Bard.
Yes! Live panels throughout the day will provide you with a platform through which to ask questions of the president of Bard College, vice presidents, deans, faculty, and staff. You can also submit questions at any time in any information booth by typing them into the “chat” feature below each booth. Faculty, staff, and current students will be waiting to answer your questions. Video chats will also be available during the day in each booth.
Don’t worry! The platform will be available to you through early May. Feel free to log back in to the platform at any time to explore the information booths and recordings of the live panels.
Once you accept your offer of admission on your Bard Portal, you will be prompted to select your payment method. The deposit is $515 and can be paid by check or credit card. Once payment has been submitted, you will receive further instructions on how to complete the enrollment process via email. If you have any questions on how to make your deposit, please reach out to To learn more, please visit the Admission and Financial Aid information booth on April 10. From that booth you can live chat with admission counselors and financial aid staff.
Once you have accepted your offer and made your deposit, you will receive an email inviting you to set up and log in to your Bard account/email. You may also view instructions for this step and for all enrollment requirements on your Bard Portal under the Enrollment tab, or view our “How To” videos here. If you have any questions on how to complete any of these steps, please reach out to and we can direct you further. On April 10, you can visit the Admission and Financial Aid information booth, where you can live chat with admission counselors and financial aid staff.
No problem at all. Please reach out to any of Bard’s admission counselors by using this staff contact page or go to the Admission and Financial Aid information booth and request a private conversation through the live chat feature. Admission and Financial Aid staff will be happy to speak with you privately and connect you with other members of the Bard community where appropriate.
While you won’t be able to connect with faculty, staff, or current Bard students through the live chat after April 10, you can send any questions you have to at any time and the Office of Admission will be happy to answer your questions and/or find faculty, staff, and students who can answer your questions. Additionally, the transcripts of the questions asked on April 10th will be available for you to browse through early May, so you might find answers to your questions there along with other useful information in existing answers. Finally, you are welcome to sign up for a Live Virtual Tour anytime. An admission counselor will host an information session for families at the start of each tour and a Q&A session at the end.
The deposit deadline for Bard is May 1, 2021. If you need to speak with someone about this deadline, please reach out to This is a difficult time so we want to make sure we connect with you individually if you have questions about this deadline.