From the School

Founded in 1889, Barnard College was among the first colleges to offer young women the chance to earn a college degree. Today, Barnard College remains committed to the education of more than 2,400 undergraduate women from over 50 countries and nearly 50 states. Partnered with Columbia University since 1900, under an agreement unique in the world of higher education, Barnard is an independent college for women, maintaining its own Board of Trustees, campus, curriculum, faculty, staff, and admissions process. Barnard also operates from its own endowment, while Columbia University confers degrees to Barnard students. The fully residential campus features countless, independent resources and facilities; students at Barnard also have academic and extra-curricular access to the Columbia campus across the street, including cross-registration for courses, and benefit from both an all women and a coeducational experience. Additionally, Barnard women complete alongside Columbia students on 16 NCAA Division I athletic teams as part of the Ivy League conference. The small, personal, and close-knit character of Barnard is augmented by the resources of a large research university.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
620 - 730
SAT Math
620 - 710
ACT Composite
28 - 32


Early Decision
November 15

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities


From The School

A Barnard education seeks to provide women with the tools and techniques necessary to think critically and act effectively in the world today. Barnard requires students to complete 122 points of course work (including First-Year English, First-Year Seminar, and two semesters of physical education) in addition to a major for the Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree. Barnard believes that a successful liberal arts education revolves around central "ways of knowing" the world. This philosophy forms the basis of the general education requirements within Nine Ways of Knowing, organized in the following categories: ethics and value, social analysis, cultures in comparison, language, laboratory science, historical studies, literature, visual and performing arts, and quantitative reasoning. To allow for flexibility within this framework, a student chooses among the designated courses, typically 40-100 choices in each area, that fulfill the nine requirements. Thus, each student will shape her own academic program by electing a combination of wide-ranging introductory courses and more specialized upper level courses.

The College has a long-standing commitment to prepare students sufficiently in a subject so that they may undertake a semesteror year-long thesis or project, usually during the senior year, on a topic related to their major. Students are encouraged to explore internships in their field, thereby acquiring information and experience that complement what is learned through formal study. A student may major in two fields by satisfying all the major requirements prescribed by each department.

Students Say

Barnard is a small school, an urban school, a resource-rich school, a school that “offers so many opportunities.” In some ways, Barnard College combines all the desirable traits one would want from an all-women’s liberal arts college. Located in New York City, here “you get the best of both worlds,” both a “small academic setting” as well as having “full access to the Ivy League institution (Columbia University) right across the street.” The school’s size means it “provides a small, close community” where students will “see familiar faces often.” Among those familiar faces are the professors themselves, who are “really engaging and make the material approachable and interesting.” Classes are a mix between lectures and discussions, and even in the larger classes professors “definitely make time for students to come talk to them.” Students say educators here are adept at “creating an environment to learn from and be inspired by classmates through the discussions held.” The “phenomenal” education experience at Barnard may be “challenging and very stressful” at times, but students are “so grateful” for those challenges. And while the school itself may be small, “you can cross Broadway and feel that large, Ivy League University feel.” Graduates from Barnard should expect to experience a “transition from a young female college student to an adjusted global citizen.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Margaret Mead '23

Judith S. Kaye '58
Chief Judge

Martha Stewart '63

Anna Quindlen '74

Twyla Tharp '63
Performance Artist

Zora Neale Hurston '28

Jhumpa Lahiri '89
2000 Pulitzer Prize winner


From The School

Tuition and fees for 2014-15 are $46,040. Room and board is an additional $14,660.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 31

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

An education as valuable as one from Barnard College does not come without its costs; yearly tuition is $44,300. With fees and room and board totaling $16,300 (not to mention books, supplies, and other personal expenses), students are making a substantial investment. Freshmen, as well as upperclassmen, are pleased to find need-based scholarships and grants being provided to more than 95 percent of the student population. Also, 50 percent of all students benefit from some form of financial aid. Just under half of enrollees do need to borrow to pay for school, and they can expect an average indebtedness upon graduating from Barnard of about $18,000— extremely reasonable given the cost of attending the college.

Bang For Your Buck

The value of the school is in the people, the location, and the satisfaction found throughout the years by successful Barnard graduates. One recent graduate tells us, “The school has a strong faculty, outstanding students, fabulous career-development services, a great alumnae network, and an important mission.” Barnard College practices need-blind admissions for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, which means that admissions officers are unaware of a student’s financial circumstances when evaluating an application or debating an application in committee. Financial need is not considered when considering the qualifications of potential Barnard students. Once accepted, undergraduates have access to many financial-assistance options; also included are study-abroad opportunities for qualified students.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

The Barnard College community offers numerous activities and opportunities to an active student body. The Office of Student Life engages each student and promotes active and involved citizenship through leadership development, multicultural education, and a foundation in social justice. More than 80 Barnard student-run organizations are available to Barnard students, a sampling include: Asian American Alliance, Barnard Bulletin, Gospel Choir, Community Impact, Late Nite Theatre, Model United Nations, Mujeres, McIntosh Activities Council, Orchesis Dance Troupe, Russian Cultural Association, Students Against Silence, and Women's International Business Council. Barnard and Columbia students take part in organizations and activities on both campuses; and Barnard women take leadership roles in many of nearly 500 additional Columbia-sponsored clubs. Women's intercollegiate, intramural and club athletics are also popular. Barnard's varsity athletes compete at the NCAA Division I level alongside their Columbia peers as part of the Ivy League conference through the Barnard/Columbia Athletic Consortium. The 16 intercollegiate teams include archery, basketball, crew, cross-country, fencing, field hockey, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. Intramural and club sports include cycling, equestrian, ice hockey, martial arts, rugby, and sailing.

Students Say

Finding a single trait to define a school full of “cool, creative, confident, wellspoken, and determined” women who are “aware that [they are] in the cosmopolitan NYC” may seem difficult, but the repeated refrain of students makes it clear that there is something that unites Barnard students: They are ambitious. These are “driven, intelligent” women who are “extremely interested, dedicated, and passionate about something.” What that something may be varies— “biology, dance, theatre, architecture, economics, or international relations” and more—but the “strong, powerful, intelligent personalities” make them who they are. These “motivated individuals” sometimes “have a tendency to overload,” but “all Barnard women are very proactive and use all resources available…to achieve their goals.” That said, while students here are “ambitious, driven, and hard workers,” it is “not at the cost of physical or mental health: they know how to have fun, too.” Barnard women tend to be well-dressed and embrace the cosmopolitan side of New York City. One student comments, “I know of very few students here who feel they don’t fit in or haven’t found their niche,” and maybe that is because a Barnard student is one who is “smart, independent, and ready to take on the world.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



100% female
0% male
69% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time


From The School

Barnard is located in New York City and offers students endless cultural, academic, and professional opportunities. New York is an extension of our classrooms and students make use of its resources for both study and exploration. Barnard's Office of Career Development lists over 2,500 student internships throughout New York City each year and classes often incorporate visits to museums, tours of historic neighborhoods, or participation in civic engagement projects. Barnard's location in the neighborhood of Morningside Heights offers a retreat from the fast pace of Mid-town Manhattan and is often referred to as an educational Mecca with students, staff and faculty from a number of institutions of higher education all calling the Heights "home" Institutions neighboring the Barnard campus, in addition to Columbia University, include the Manhattan School of Music, Teachers College, Bank Street College of Education, Union Theological Seminary, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. New York City is the ultimate college town, drawing more than 500,000 college students each year.

Students Say

Finding things to do at Barnard? “It’s easy—we live in New York.” When you live in “one of the greatest cities on Earth,” you are “open to a wide range of things to do such as shows, film festivals, amazing restaurants, etc.” As one student puts it, while there is a thriving party scene on campus, “put down your vodka and go to the Met.” Students even enjoy free admission to many such attractions. But while the opportunities for entertainment and cultural activities are limitless in a city like New York—the museums, sports venues, book stores, music venues, cultural centers and more are too numerous to list— “a lot of fun events take place on campus.” There are a number of clubs on campus, busy students often spend time “just chilling” because “everyone is working or going to office hours, or pursuing an internship, a personal job, etc.,” and neighboring Columbia offers a “phenomenal Greek life” for those interested in that scene. No matter their chosen form of distraction from school work and extracurriculars, students here “are intensely dedicated to pursuing their interests, whether that be artistic, academic, pre-professional, or athletic ones.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Lions)
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Lions)
15 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: We have a part-time counselor, a part-time specialist in Multicultural Affairs, and robust student groups. Our students also benefit from the plethora of student groups at Columbia.

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Fordham University
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: State University of NY Maritime
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Manhattan College


Green Rating

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Carolyn Middleton
Dean of Admissions

Office of Admissions
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Diana Center
Arthur Ross Greenhouse
Held Auditorium
Smart Media Classrooms
Liz's Place Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Central Park
Riverside Church
The Guggenheim Museum

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturdays (September-Dece
9am-5pm; 9am-5pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 10:30am and 2:30pm; Sat fall 10:30am and 2:30pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

after weekday tours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Mon.-Wed. during the academic year


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Local airports include LaGuardia, Kennedy, and Newark. Taxi, bus, and subway service is available (in various combinations) to get you from airports to campus. The College recommends that you take a taxi from Kennedy and La Guardia; while expensive, it is efficient. Tell the driver that the most direct route to Barnard is the Triborough Bridge, not the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. Amtrak, Metro North, New Jersey Transit, and Long Island Railroad trains serve New York City as does Greyhound and several local bus lines. Public transportation is available from Grand Central Station, Penn Station and New York Port Authority. Four public bus lines (M4, M11, M5, and M104) and 2 subways (the Broadway IRT local, numbers 1 and 9) stop at 116th St./Columbia University.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Henry Hudson Pkwy. (West Side Hwy.) in New York City, take the 96th St. exit. Drive 2 blocks east to Broadway. Turn left (uptown) to Barnard's main gate at 117th St. To reach the Henry Hudson Pkwy. from the north, take the NY State Thruway (I-87) or the New England Thruway (I-95) to the Cross-Bronx Expy., toward the George Washington Bridge. Bear right as you approach the bridge and take the exit for the Henry Hudson Pkwy. S. From the east, take the Grand Central Pkwy. or Long Island Expy. west to the Cross-Island Pkwy. north. Cross over the Throgs Neck Bridge to the Cross-Bronx Expy., toward the George Washington Bridge. Exit onto the Henry Hudson Pkwy. S. From the south and west, take I-95 N. or I-80 E. to the George Washington Bridge. Exit the bridge onto the Henry Hudson Pkwy. S.

Local Accommodations
Barnard College, an affiliate of Columbia University, is on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at 116th Street and Broadway. We suggest that you arrange your accommodations as early as possible. When making reservations, ask if any special packages are offered and be aware that rates change according to availability. Here are some possibilities to consider. For a reasonable price, visitors can stay at the Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway; 212-280-1313). For a moderately priced hotel, visitors can ask for the Columbia University rate at the Empire Hotel (44 W. 63rd Street; 888-822-3555); The Excelsior (45 W. 81st Street; 212-362-9200), and On the Avenue (2178 Broadway; 800-509-7598). At a slightly higher price, the Double Tree Guest Suites (800-222-8733) is located on W. 47th and Broadway; ask for the Columbia University rate.
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