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Want to get into Bard? Here's some help.

MLEVINE07MLEVINE07 Registered User Posts: 741 Member
edited June 2013 in Bard College
I was accepted to Bard. My stats were low (3.2 GPA, 32/177 at a catholic school). When I was choosing where to go, I asked admissions why I was accepted. Here's why I was accepted, it may help if your looking into Bard.

Dear Mike,
Greg Armbruster forwarded you letter to me and since I am the Bard New
England Admission rep and was the one who read you file, I shall

You were accepted for a few reasons: You took a challenging courseload
across the curriculum all four years, including Honors and AP classes
your grades improved each year. You also had stellar recommendations
your teachers and guidance counselor and finally your essays reflected
desire to pursue a course of study (psychology) and we are encouraged
your passion and ambition for the subject.

Should have other qustions, please contact me.

Congratulations on your acceptance.

Shelley Morgan
New England Coordinator, Admission

What did this tell you? Work hard on the essay and make sure your recs are amazing. Also, I'm pretty sure they recalulate GPA by dropping +s and -s. I had a 3.0, 3.2, 3.1, 3.7. Recalculated its 3.0, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6. That makes more sense as an upward trend.

I hope this helps.
Post edited by MLEVINE07 on

Replies to: Want to get into Bard? Here's some help.

  • bella89bella89 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    I've heard of students getting in with 1.3 gpas
  • MLEVINE07MLEVINE07 Registered User Posts: 741 Member
    You know people with 1.3s that got in? I really doubt that.
  • bella89bella89 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    i have absolutely no reason to lie.
  • visualthinkervisualthinker Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Just curious about the situation of a person who could gain admission with that low a GPA- can you elaborate?
  • bella89bella89 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    im sure it was higher at the end of high school but she said at the end of her freshman year she had a 1.7, even with improvement, how high can you raise your gpa calculating in a 1.7
  • MLEVINE07MLEVINE07 Registered User Posts: 741 Member
    Was she exceptionally talented in an area?
  • bella89bella89 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    i dont know much about her, she just posted her stats and said she got in. it really doesnt matter, I mean props to her for getting in- maybe shes really good at something. Im just surprised thats all
  • bella89bella89 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Admissions are crazy, you never know what it is that makes them decide to accept or reject you.
  • visualthinkervisualthinker Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    One feeling I have is that Bard chooses students that seem to be passionate enough to complete a goal that they are excited about. They want students to succeed so if this girl wasn't capable, who would benefit from her admission? The course load is rigorous, you can't slide by in a class of 14, without having done the reading and work, and the intellectual community doesn't seem to be a fit for an unmotivated student. Maybe freshman year was an anomaly and they took it out of their calculations because of specific circumstances she overcame.....
  • bella89bella89 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    visual thinker- thats true. i didnt think about it that way
  • koolcrudkoolcrud Registered User Posts: 561 Member
    1% of Bard Students were in the bottom half of their HS class. Since most halfway points is about a 2.3-2.5 GPA, I can't imagine many 1.3 GPAs being admitted
  • bella89bella89 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    only one person i know of. btw, this thread died with "thats true. i didnt think about it that way"
    going on about it is pointless
  • turtleswordsturtleswords Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    My grades this year look like all As and Bs with possibly 1 C. All my courses high honors and honors, the only C is in an AP. Last year and the year before are similar.

    I read someone said to show a strong passion in something, which for me is music. I'm in the acapella group in my high school and have been in band for 4 years. Im doing a music pre-college at MSM and i have tons of supplements of my own compositions, and albums from my own bands.
    Because Bard has such a strong music department, I'm hoping this will really help my getting into Bard, am i wrong?

    Do i have a chance? It is definitely my first pick and i will apply early.
    I would really really appreciate the help.
  • JoeBobHalleyJoeBobHalley Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    I know of a case where the applicant was otherwise qualified, but was waitlisted. He really wanted to attend Bard, and assumed he just didn't measure up. Instead of waiting it out and hoping for the best, which, statistically, was a long-shot, he called Admissions and said, "I was accepted at other schools, but will drop them like a bad habit and commit to Bard right now if you'd only reconsider." He then listed, in detail, why he was passionate about Bard and said he'd fly across country and sleep outside Admissions if they needed proof of sincerity.

    He was thanked for his call and that's all that was said. The next day, though, an email arrived saying he was in.

    The lesson: the application isn't the only input that will be considered. If you really want in, then pursue it like Harrison Ford pursued return of his kidnapped wife in FRANTIC. Figure out everything that can be done, then do it.
  • SDonCCSDonCC Registered User Posts: 2,373 Senior Member
    My sense is that Bard does not base it on GPA per se, but on passion and intellectual vitality. My S had a very mixed transcript, but was accepted in IDP. He pursued certain academic interests on his own initiative and I'm sure his teachers raved about his participation in class discussion. I think that Bard really tries to find kids who are really interested in what they're doing, and not just doing it for the grades. (This is my take, not gospel!)
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