Barnard College campus

Overview

Applicants
6,655
Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA
3.90

GPA Breakdown

76%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
4%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 720
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 740
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
349
with Terminal Degree
295

220
Women
129
Men
66
Minority
9
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Physics

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Modern Greek Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biopsychology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


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."

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Margaret Mead '23
Anthropologist

Lauren Graham '88
Actress

Martha Stewart '63
Entrepreneur

Anna Quindlen '74
Author

Twyla Tharp '63
Performance Artist

Zora Neale Hurston '28
Writer

Jhumpa Lahiri '89
2000 Pulitzer Prize winner

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$46,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$82,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$47,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$84,400

Percent High Job Meaning
53%

Percent STEM
10%


Students Say

Barnard’s Career Development department strives to “support women in cultivating a career of their own invention that connects a liberal arts education, leadership and work-life planning,” according to the school’s website. In addition to career fairs held every semester, Barnard also offers the Senior Initiative Program, which the school says “provides graduating seniors with the tools to navigate today’s job market in order to prepare for life post-Barnard.” Likewise, free Leadership Lab workshops, put on by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, and the three-year Athena Scholars Program engage students to develop their leadership potential. Students note that “internships in finance and publishing are popular” and praise the “strong alumnae network.” According to PayScale.com, 58 percent of Barnard graduates report that their jobs are of high social value. The average starting salary for a Barnard graduate is $46,000, with popular jobs including director of a non-profit, research analyst, and marketing director. PayScale.com reports that the most popular majors at Barnard include Economics, Psychology, English, and Art History.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 31

Required Forms

FAFSA
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
$44,840

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,661

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,556

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
44%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,008

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$41,722

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,614
Required Fees
$1,780
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,598
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,556
Foreign Countries Represented
51

Demographics

13.80%
Asian
6.78%
African-American
11.63%
Hispanic
52.56%
Caucasian
1.03%
Unknown
8.32%
International

100% female
0% male
74% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

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."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
91%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority

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."

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
75

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Columbia University Lions)
16 Sports

Archery
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
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

Sustainability


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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
11

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jennifer Fondiller
Dean of Enrollment Management

Address
Office of Admissions
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Phone
2128542014

Email
admissions@barnard.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Diana Center
Arthur Ross Greenhouse
The Quad
Lefrak Center
Liz's Place Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Central Park and Riverside Park
Riverside Church
Soho
The Guggenheim Museum
Shopping and dining up and down Broadway

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; select Sat/Sun
9am-5pm
2128542014

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
after tours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@barnard.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Students may explore online and contact the Admissions Office directly

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
by invitation only during special programs

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Local airports include LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark. Taxi, bus, and subway service is available (in various combinations) to get you from airports to campus. Estimated taxis cost: $52+ tolls(from JFK), about $35 + tolls from La Guardia,and about $60 + tolls from Newark. Amtrak, Metro North, New Jersey Transit, and Long Island Railroad trains serve New York City as does Greyhound and several regional 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 117th 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.