An Environment for Education
Barnard College, an all-women's college located in New York City, was established in 1889 as one of the first colleges in the United States to offer young women an education at the highest level. Since 1900, the college has partnered with Columbia University under an agreement unique in the world of higher education, allowing Barnard students access to the courses, libraries, and facilities of Columbia. Students receive their degrees from Columbia. Still, Barnard College remains an independent college and maintains its own Board of Trustees, campus, curriculum, faculty, staff, and admissions process.
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. And yet, even within one of the largest and most culturally diverse cities in the world, Barnard retains the feel of a small and personal campus, with just 2,500 students. Morningside Heights, the neighborhood in which the college is situated, is surrounded by colleges and other institutes of learning and cultural and religious institutions, including, the Manhattan School of Music, Bank Street College of Education, St. John the Divine church and Grant’s Tomb.
Barnard College offers international students an opportunity to gain a quality education from an institution ranked among the top 30 liberal arts colleges by "US News and World Report." The school's holistic approach to education provides students with a wide variety of classes in the humanities, sciences, languages, social sciences, and the arts.
In addition to classes at Columbia University, students can also apply to take courses at the nearby Juilliard School, and Manhattan School of Music. Students can also apply to join a double degree program with the Jewish Theological Seminary and have the chance to enroll in numerous BA/MA programs with Columbia.
Barnard College Provides Opportunities for International Students
Barnard College provides a unique environment for international students seeking to gain a quality liberal arts education in a supportive community. Approximately nine percent of Barnard students hail from over fifty countries.
The Office of International & Intercultural Student Programs provide support for international students, and each semester meets with students to discuss evolving federal regulations regarding their status as international students.
International students are encouraged to participate in the Multicultural and International Students Association (MISA), a group comprised of students from foreign countries who gather to share concerns, experiences, and activities. In addition, Columbia University's International Student and Scholars Office sponsors programs throughout the year that are open to Barnard international students.
Barnard College is committed to promoting a culture of diversity and providing a community where all voices can be heard. The college understands that an education is more than what is learned from books and in classrooms and seeks a cultural vibrancy that embraces the differences of its student body in order to create the global leaders in all areas.
A Wide Range of Liberal Arts Majors
Students graduate from Barnard College with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, and can choose from over 50 majors. The college provides a broad array of natural and social science majors, including anthropology, biochemistry, biological studies, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, economics, history, mathematics, neuroscience and behavior, physics and astronomy, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics.
Degrees in the humanities include Africana studies, American studies, ancient studies, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, classics (Greek and Latin), education, foreign area studies, French, German, human rights studies, Italian, Jewish studies, Medieval and Renaissance studies, religion, Slavic studies, Spanish and Latin American cultures, urban studies, and women's studies.
Art majors include architecture, art history, comparative literature, dance, English, film studies, music, and theatre.
Specialty Degree Opportunities
Barnard College students also can participate in select double and joint degree programs from both Barnard and other schools affiliated within the Columbia University system.
Science and engineering students can earn both Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in a 5-year program (3-2) with Columbia's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
A 5-year BA and Master in International Affairs (MIA) program allows students to earn their master's degrees from Columbia's School of International Affairs and another 5-year option gives students chances to earn BA and Master of Public Administration (MPA) degrees.
A student can also apply to a lessons exchange program with Manhattan School of Music and with the Juilliard School, or to a double degree program with List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
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.
International Student Housing
All students, including international students, are encouraged to live on campus during their first years at Barnard College. First-year students are guaranteed housing and 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.
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. All residence halls have modern security systems and 24-hour desk coverage when classes are in session.
International Student Admissions and TOEFL Requirements
All international students should sign up for information online. To apply, they must use the Common Application, provide a copy of their high school transcript translated into English, two letters of recommendation and provide SAT or ACT score results. If a student has not been taught in English for the last four years, she must provide results from the TOEFL or IELTS exams.
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|
|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 Accepted||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
Tuition & Fees
|Black or African American||6.78%|
|White or Caucasian||53.15%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.12%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.04%|
|Two or more races||5.76%|
|% of undergrad students who live in college housing||91%|
Winterfest and Springfest Celebration, 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
Campus Security & Safety
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|