A Small Liberal Arts College in the Heart of New York City
Founded in 1889, Barnard College is a small, highly selective liberal arts college for women in New York City affiliated with Columbia University. The student body of 2,500 is made up of a diverse and close-knit community. Students study with leading scholars who serve as dedicated, accessible mentors and teachers in small, intimate classes. Founded in 1889, Barnard engages in a unique partnership with Columbia University, situated directly across the street. Students have access to additional course offerings, extracurricular activities, NCAA Division I Ivy League athletic competition and a fully co-ed social life. The location on the upper west side of Manhattan grants students access to thousands of internship opportunities in addition to unparalleled cultural, intellectual and social resources. Barnard’s diverse student body includes residents from nearly every state and more than 50 countries worldwide. Over 40 percent of the current first year class identifies as students of color, and 15 percent of the class come from non-college backgrounds.
A Barnard Education
Two required courses, First-Year Seminar and First-Year Writing, set the foundation for Barnard’s liberal arts education with small seminar classes, limited to 16 and 12 students, respectively. In addition to these First-Year Experience courses, Barnard’s flexible general education requirements are organized around Foundation Requirements in four subject areas and Modes of Thinking that connect to six themes. A generous list of courses allows for students to choose which options interest them most. Barnard students shape their educational experience by choosing courses that enhance the way they view the world.
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. Additionally, women make up 65 percent of the faculty, nearly twice the natural average. Dedicated to and invested in their students’ education and futures, Barnard faculty include many Barnard students in their own research and projects. Faculty members are regularly quoted in national and international media such as the "New York Times," the "Wall Street Journal," and National Geographic. 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, and one of four undergraduate colleges within the University. Barnard students are free to register for courses at Columbia, one of the premier research universities in the Ivy League; and Columbia students can and do register for Barnard courses in almost equal numbers. Courses in architecture, dance, education, theater, and urban studies are specifically taught at Barnard, while courses in engineering can be found at Columbia.
The majority of student organizations and clubs on both campuses are funded by both Columbia and Barnard. This means that 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. Barnard students not only enjoy the academic and extra-curricular opportunities of Columbia, but also engage in use of its libraries, dining halls, and fitness center.
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, Denmark, 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.
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, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Mount Sinai Medical Center, Saturday Night Live, Marie Claire, HBO and many financial institutions. The Office of Career Development works with students to focus their internship goals, prepare their application materials, and find the best possible placement to gain valuable professional experience.
Scholars of Distinction
A small cohort of academically gifted and highly motivated students are selected to participate the Barbara Silver Horowitz ’55 Scholars of Distinction Program, formerly known as the Barnard Centennial Scholars Program, was established in 1985 to help the College educate extraordinary young women bound for achievement. The Program provides a unique four-year scholarly experience in a cohort with other outstanding students. It offers participants access to research talks with acclaimed academic leaders, the close mentorship of renowned Barnard faculty members, and guaranteed funds to pursue academic research. Scholars are expected to develop a project related to a field of personal interest, and, in their senior year, to produce potentially publishable work that will be presented to faculty and peers.
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, while 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.
Jewish Theological Seminary
Interested students have the opportunity to apply to obtain a double degree from Barnard and List College at The Jewish Theological Seminary. List College is a vibrant, pluralistic community. Students pursue a JTS major in fields such as Jewish Thought, Midrash, or Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies, while completing a second major in the full array of liberal arts and science offerings at Barnard College. They enjoy being part of a close-knit Jewish community while actively participating in a broad spectrum of college life and coursework for the double degree at Barnard.
Housing and Residential Life
Barnard guarantees all incoming first-year students housing for four years. First-year students live in multiple-occupancy rooms while upper-class students live in apartments or suites. More than 90 percent of Barnard students live in one of twelve residence halls on the main campus and around the Morningside Heights neighborhood. Housing is available but not guaranteed for transfer students.
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 through academic excellence, opportunities for leadership and mentoring, and a close-knit, supportive community that sponsors growth in and out of the classroom.
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 women-focused community. Primary Health Services, Furman Counseling Center, the academic advising program, and Career Development create programs to provide the kind of support young women may need as they navigate their academic experiences and life beyond college. The Athena Center for Leadership studies also provides Barnard students with the unique opportunity to become an Athena scholar and dedicate a portion of their studies to leadership development, history, and skills, culminating in a senior capstone project.
Majors & Degrees
|Architecture And Related Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Latin American Studies|
|Biological And Biomedical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Computer And Information Sciences|
|English Language And Literature/Letters||Associate||Bachelors|
|Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics||Associate||Bachelors|
|Classics And Classical Languages|
|Mathematics And Statistics||Associate||Bachelors|
|Mathematics And Statistics|
|Mathematics And Statistics Related|
|Medieval And Renaissance Studies|
|Natural Resources And Conservation||Associate||Bachelors|
|Philosophy And Religious Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Political Science And Government|
|Visual And Performing Arts||Associate||Bachelors|
|Art History, Criticism And Conservation|
|Visual And Performing Arts|
|Type||Application Closing||Notification Date||Rolling Admissions|
|Fall freshmen||January 1st||April 1st|
|Early decision plan||November 1st||December 15th|
|Other early decision plan||Not reported||Not reported|
|Transfer||March 15th||May 15th|
Test Scores Accepted
|Test||Avg. Score||25th %||75th %|
|SAT Critical Reading||715||670||750|
Tuition & Fees
Other Payment Considerations
|Guaranteed tuition plan offered||No|
|Tuition pre-payment plan||Yes|
|Tuition payment plans offered||Yes|
|Tuition deferred payment||Yes|
|Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition||
|Black or African American||5.34%|
|White or Caucasian||49.73%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.11%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.11%|
|Two or more races||6.22%|
|% of undergrad students who live in college housing||91%|
Midnight Breakfast, Founder's Day and Take Back the Night
Community Impact (community service), Student Government Association, Take Back the Night, Student Activities Council and Musical Theater Society
gated campus with permanent security posts
|Swimming And Diving||No||No||No|
|Track And Field||No||No||No|
|Cross-country Running||No||Division 1||No|
|Field Hockey||No||Division 1||No|
|Swimming And Diving||No||Division 1||No|
|Track And Field||No||Division 1||No|