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Barnard College (International Students)

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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.

Location & Contact

Address Barnard College, 3009 Broadway
New York, NY  10027  
United States
Contact Ms. Jennifer Gill Fondiller
Dean of Enrollment Management
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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Female Admissions

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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
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
ACT Composite 30 29 32

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
Room & board
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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

Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 11.63%
Black or African American 6.78%
White or Caucasian 53.15%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.12%
Asian 13.96%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.04%
Two or more races 5.76%
Other 0.24%


Male (0.04%)
Female (99.96%)

Campus Life


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

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Winterfest and Springfest Celebration, 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

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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
Ice Hockey Checkmark Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Division 1 No
Rugby Checkmark Checkmark No
Sailing Checkmark Checkmark No
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
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 No
Track And Field No Division 1 No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 No
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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 214
Part-time - 135
Male - 129
Female - 220
Barnard College (International Students)