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Barnard College

New York, NY


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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.

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, 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.

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, 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.

Location & Contact

Address Barnard College, 3009 Broadway
New York, NY  10027
United States
Contact Ms. Jennifer Gill Fondiller
Vice President for Enrollment
Phone: 212-854-2014
Fax: 212-854-6220

Majors & Degrees

Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
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Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
3 recommendations
Other requirements exist (see below)
Recommended Interview
Other requirements: Common Application with Barnard Supplement

Application Deadlines

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 % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 715 670 750
SAT Math 720 670 770
ACT Composite 33 31 34

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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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 Employees

Financial Aid

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99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 11.33%
Black or African American 5.34%
White or Caucasian 49.73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.11%
Asian 15.45%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.11%
Two or more races 6.22%
Other 0.42%


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Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Women-only housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 91%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Midnight Breakfast, Founder's Day and Take Back the Night

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Community Impact (community service), Student Government Association, Take Back the Night, Student Activities Council and Musical Theater Society

Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
gated campus with permanent security posts


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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery No No No
Badminton 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 (downhill) No No No
Soccer No No No
Softball No No No
Squash No No No
Swimming And Diving No No No
Table Tennis No No No
Tennis No No No
Track And Field No No No
Volleyball No No No
Water Polo No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery Checkmark Division 1 No
Badminton Checkmark No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 No
Crew No Division 1 No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 No
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Fencing No Division 1 No
Field Hockey No Division 1 No
Golf No Division 1 No
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Lacrosse No Division 1 No
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Skiing (downhill) No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 No
Softball No Division 1 No
Squash Checkmark Division 1 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 1 No
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Track And Field No Division 1 No
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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 249
Part-time - 108
Male - 117
Female - 238
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