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Barnard College

  • New York, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 100%0%
    student ratio
  • 2,489
    total students
  • $43,100 | $43,100
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 1
    fall application deadline
  • 20%
    acceptance rate
  • Most Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 660
    sat math
  • 671
    sat reading
  • 689
    sat writing
  • 30
    act composite

Overview

A Small Liberal Arts College in the Heart of New York City

Founded in 1889, Barnard College is a small, private liberal arts college for women in New York City. With an undergraduate population of fewer than 2,500 women, Barnard students enjoy individual attention from professors. Small class sizes and a student-to-faculty ratio of 7-to-1 ensure individual attention and support. Additionally, women make up 65 percent of the faculty, nearly twice the national average.

Barnard shares the Morningside Heights neighborhood, known as the Academic Acropolis, with a number of colleges and universities, including its partner, Columbia University. The diverse neighborhoods of Harlem, Hamilton, Washington Heights, and the Upper West Side are nearby. In addition to all the city offers as part of the Barnard experience, students enjoy all of the cultural, artistic, and entertainment options available in one of the world's capital cities.

A Barnard Education

A Barnard education is structured around the "9 Ways of Knowing," the significant areas of study from which all human knowledge has been derived. Throughout her academic career, a Barnard student must fulfill requirements in all 9 areas: ethics and value, social analysis, historical studies, cultures in comparison, laboratory science, quantitative and deductive reasoning, language, literature, and visual and performing arts.

Barnard students begin their liberal arts education with 2 foundation courses, "First-Year English" and "First-Year Seminar," which encourage analytical, research, and communication skills through broad examinations of major themes such as "Reinventing Literary History" and "Reacting to the Past." These courses establish the foundation for college-level writing skills, including language, argument, and composition, essential for Barnard's writing intensive curriculum.

Students must also complete a physical education requirement, demonstrating Barnard's belief that good health is an essential component of a woman's happiness and success.

A Distinguished and Highly Educated Faculty

Ninety percent of the 361 full and part-time members of the Barnard faculty hold a Ph.D. or the highest applicable degrees in their fields of study. Faculty members are regularly quoted in national and international newspapers such as the "New York Times," the "Wall Street Journal," and the "Observer." Faculty publish books across a broad range of topics, including the history of Black dandyism, international architecture, and women in theater. Faculty have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships, named Carnegie Scholars, and won numerous research grants.

Part of the Columbia University System

Barnard is an independent college in the Columbia University system. Barnard students are free to register for courses at Columbia, one of the premier research universities in the Ivy League; and Columbia students register for Barnard courses in almost equal numbers. Courses in architecture, dance, education, theater, and urban studies are taught at Barnard, while courses in music, computer science, and engineering can be found at Columbia. Academically gifted and highly motivated students may take graduate-level courses at Columbia.

Extracurricular activities at Columbia, including varsity and club sports and the "Spectator," the second-oldest daily student paper in the country, are also open to Barnard students.

Study Abroad

Barnard students are encouraged to explore opportunities to study abroad. The college has over 150 programs with many institutions in over 50 countries, including France, Nicaragua, Tibet, and China. Students who fulfill requirements, including a language requirement, may choose to study abroad for a semester or for a year. Programs include opportunities for home-stay, field research, and direct enrollment.

Internship Possibilities

Two-thirds of Barnard students take advantage of more than 2,500 internship possibilities available. The resources available in the New York area are unparalleled; past students have interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mount Sinai Medical Center, the Brooklyn Ballet, Polo Ralph Lauren, and with Senator Hillary Clinton.

Some students have interests that take them farther afield; students have completed internships in Moscow, India, and Madagascar. The Office of Career Development works with students to focus their internship goals and find the best possible placement to gain valuable professional experience.

Centennial Scholars

Academically gifted and highly motivated students may be eligible to participate in the Centennial Scholars program, an independent study project intended for incoming first-year students or current freshmen. Centennial Scholars work over several semesters to develop a project that will be presented to the Barnard community. Scholars receive a generous stipend which they may use to off-set the costs of their projects such as research, travel, and books.

Past Centennial projects have included an exploration of community organizing in Buffalo, New York; a photographic exposition of life in Peru; and research on the effects of arts education on children with disabilities.

Music Opportunities at Barnard

Students who would like to take music courses and lessons may do so through the Barnard and Columbia College music departments, with ample opportunities for intermediate or advanced lessons and courses in theory, composition, and history. Barnard College coordinates all voice instruction for undergraduate students at the university, where Columbia takes the lead on instruction for other instruments.

In addition, extremely advanced music students have additional options via the Manhattan School of Music Cross Registration Program and the Juilliard Exchange Program to take professional-level music lessons while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College. Admission to either lesson program is highly selective and requires a full application and audition separate from the Barnard application.

Housing and Residential Life

Barnard guarantees all incoming first-year students housing for 4 years. First-year students live in multiple-occupancy units while upper-class students live in apartments or suites. More than 90 percent of Barnard students live in 1 of 12 residence halls around the Morningside Heights neighborhood.

Residential life at Barnard is unique for an urban community. Students balance an active and vibrant campus life with all of the excitement of a larger urban setting. For Barnard students, the campuses of both Barnard and Columbia, as well as the neighborhood of Morningside Heights, in addition to New York City, all comprise the campus community.

Dedicated to the Success of Women

Barnard is dedicated to preparing exceptional young women for success.

According to research provided via the Women's College Coalition, there are distinct advantages to attending a women's college. Students at women's colleges are more likely to pursue degrees in economics, physical and life sciences, and mathematics than women at coeducational institutions. Graduates of women's colleges pursue doctorates in math, science, and engineering in greater numbers than do female graduates of coeducational schools, and tend to hold higher positions in their fields and earn larger salaries.

On Barnard's campus, every student service is designed to meet the needs of a single gender community. Primary Health Services, Furman Counseling Center, Advising, and Career Education create their programs to provide the kind of support young women may need as they navigate their academic experiences and life beyond college.


Location & Contact

Barnard College

3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027-6598
USA

Ms.Jennifer Fondiller

Dean of Enrollment Management

Phone: 212-854-2014
Fax: 212-854-6220
Email: admissions@barnard.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • European Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Slavic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ancient/Classical Greek
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Statistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Astronomy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Astrophysics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Urban Studies/Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

20% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied5,606
    • Accepted1,151
    • Acceptance Rate20%
    • Enrolled2,489
    • Female Applicants5,606
    • Females Accepted1,151
    • Female Acceptance Rate20%
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Common Application with Barnard supplement
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.86
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 1st April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer April 1st May 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 671 620 730
    • SAT Math 660 620 710
    • SAT Writing 689 650 740
    • ACT Composite 30 28 32
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$43,100
    • Out-of-state tuition *$43,100
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,690.00
    • Room and board *$8,450.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,489
    • Male Student Percentage%
    • Female Student Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino11.13%
    • Black or African American5.38%
    • White or Caucasian56.81%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.04%
    • Asian14.3%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races5.26%
    • Unknown%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout7.07% representing 40 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students69% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 91%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Community Impact (community Service), Student Government Association, Take Back the Night, Student Activities Council, College Democrats
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other gated campus with permanent security posts

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery No No No
    • Badmington No No No
    • Basketball No No No
    • Crew No No No
    • Cross-country running No No No
    • Equestrian sports No No No
    • Fencing No No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Sailing No No No
    • Skiing No No No
    • Soccer No No No
    • Softball No No No
    • Squash No No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Tennis No No No
    • Track No No No
    • Volleyball No No No
    • Water polo No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes Division 1 No
    • Badmington Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 No
    • Crew No Division 1 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 No
    • Equestrian sports Yes Division C No
    • Fencing No Division 1 No
    • Field hockey No Division 1 No
    • Golf No Division 1 No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division 1 No
    • Rugby Yes Division C No
    • Sailing Yes Division C No
    • Skiing No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 No
    • Softball No Division 1 No
    • Squash Yes Division C No
    • Swimming No Division 1 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 No
    • Track No Division 1 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 No
    • Water polo Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty322
    • Full-time Percentage63%
    • Part-time Percentage37%
    • Female Percentage66%
    • Male Percentage34%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio10:1 or 2,472 students to 243 faculty


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